Arbitrator William Kaplan has issued an arbitration award for a new collective agreement covering 9,000 hospital professionals employed in 46 hospitals across Ontario.
Under the provisions of the award, which will be in effect from April 1, 2011 to March 31, 2014, these employees will receive lump sum payments for the first two years, and an across-the-board wage increase of 2.75 per cent in the third year of the contract. The new contract also provides for early retirement benefits for employees aged 57-65, enhanced discrimination and harassment language, and a minor improvement to bereavement leave. The Hospitals’ proposed rollback of early retirement and voluntary exit incentives was rejected by the Arbitrator.
Click the links below to download the award and the agreed-to issues document.