HCCSS members receive Bill 124 Award and reach tentative agreement after marathon weekend of bargaining

Community Health Care Professionals / Les professionnels des soins de sante communautaires

After working through the weekend, members in the five units representing Home and Community Care Support Services workers at OPSEU/SEFPO have received an arbitrated Award for Bill 124 and reached tentative agreements in their renewal bargaining.

The teams went into the weekend armed with strong strike mandates from a majority of members. Determined to reach a fair agreement, they worked through the night and into Sunday on the Mother’s Day weekend.

The remedy for Bill 124 as Awarded by Gerry Lee is in line with other settlements in the sector. Members will see the following retroactive increases (on top of the 1% previously awarded under the wage restraint legislation):

2020 – 0.75 %
2021 – 1 %
2022 – 2 %

In renewal bargaining, all five units reached tentative agreements for two-year deals with wage increases and other monetary improvements. These tentative deals are a step in the right direction to address the retention and recruitment crisis within HCCSS and across the home care system in Ontario.

More information will be shared directly with members at a ratification meeting scheduled for Wednesday, May 15. The members will vote on the tentative deals this week.