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Wages comparison: Experience matters

OPSEU is the leader in bargaining for allied health professionals: Proudly representing more than 25,000 members at 90 hospitals across the province.

To view the wages comparison chart, click here.

OPSEU leads

When comparing wage rates for ONA’s allied health professionals and their nurses, it’s clear who matters more to ONA. They have bargained central wage standards for nurses – no matter where they live and work in the province - but have bargained substandard wage rates for allied health professionals, in the few places where they represent them.

Why are the allied health professionals consistently left behind by ONA?

The wages that ONA has bargained for allied health professionals are a set pattern, with most classifications having increases each year until year 8, and then another increase at 25 years. All of these rates are significantly lower than OPSEU’s central pattern.

For example: With ONA, Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists make $2.99 less per hour from year 8 to year 25 resulting in a loss of $5,830.00 per year, or $99,118.00 over the 17-year period. Audiologists, Psychometrists, MSWs and Speech Language Pathologists make $1.84 less per hour; that’s a loss of $3,588.00 per year and a total loss of $60,996.00. Charge Technologists make $1.77 less per hour; that’s a loss of $3,451.00 per year and a total loss of $58,675.00. Dietitians and BSWs make $1.59 less per hour; that’s a loss of $3,100.00 per year and a total loss of $52,708.00.

Registered Technologists have a 9 year wage grid with ONA, and the next increase at 25 years – again, significantly lower than OPSEU’s central pattern. The difference at year 8 (which is the top of OPSEU’s grid) is $3.64 less per hour. This amounts to $7,098.00 in lost wages for ONA members in year 8 alone. From year 9 to 25, the difference is $1.67/hour; that’s a loss of $3,256.00 per year and a total loss of $59,202.00 over the 17 year period.

If that’s not bad enough, once these professionals finally get to the highest ONA rates after 25 years, they are still making less money than they would be with OPSEU.

OPSEU represents the largest number of allied health professionals across Ontario, with more than 25,000 members at 90 hospitals across the province. We have the history, unique expertise and resources to back you up.

OPSEU’s Hospital Professionals Division is specifically focused on the needs of allied health professionals, and has a proven track record in achieving gains at all levels.

Who do you want bargaining for you?

Leadership and experience matter.

Find out more:

www.hospitalprofessionals.org

Facebook: OPSEU Lakeridge

844-677-3848 (OPSEU 4 U)

Publication Date: 

Monday, January 15, 2018 - 11:15am
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