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Employees of Canadian Mental Health Association-Oxford vote to accept new contract

Publication Date

Thursday, February 12, 2009 (All day)

WOODSTOCK, ONTARIO – Just days before a Feb. 14 strike deadline, employees of the Canadian Mental Health Association in Oxford County have voted 83 per cent in favour of their employer’s latest contract offer.

“We are very pleased to announce that our members have ratified their new collective agreement,” said bargaining team chair Tischa Battram of OPSEU Local 152.  “It has been a very long journey to last night’s vote. We are pleased that the strike has been avoided and our much-needed services for our clients will continue without disruption on Valentine’s Day and afterwards.” 

Highlights of the deal include:

  • a pay raise of 3% per year for a three-year deal starting April 1, 2008;
  • a signing bonus covering retroactive wages to July 25, 2007;
  • an increase in mileage reimbursement; and
  • a shift premium of 62 cents an hour for hours worked beyond 6:00 p.m. or on weekends. 

Battram and Local 152 wish to thank their clients, the CMHA board of directors, and everyone in the community who supported the workers’ journey to a fair first contract.

“Unionized employees of CMHA-Oxford look forward to being able to focus on the work that we do for those in need of CMHA support services,” she said, “and moving forward with our employer and our union.”