After being locked out on January 24, Tayside Community Residential and Support Options employees, members of CUPE Local 4474, started returning to work Sunday with a 3 per cent wage increase over 2 years, improvements for casual employees and a pension plan.
“This was a first collective agreement and we got our pension plan,” says CUPE representative Bev Smale. “That’s a major victory for these 60 women and men.”
The Multi-Sector Pension Plan is a new plan established by CUPE and SEIU, modeled on an existing union-run pension plan in the nursing home sector. It will provide financial security on retirement for many workers in social services and other sectors.