|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 25,
ratify new collective agreement
TORONTO - Striking Housing Officers have
ratified a new collective agreement with the Metro Toronto Housing Authority.
In voting today, officers in the 190-member bargaining unit
voted 91 per cent in favour of the contract, finalized late last night.
"Its a deal that moves our members ahead and
significantly improves the working conditions and quality of life of our contract
staff," said Tim Zavitz, chair of the bargaining team for the unit of Local 592 of
the Ontario Public Service Employees Union. "Our team had no reservations about
recommending it to our members."
The 190 officers went on strike Nov. 16.
A major issue in the strike was benefits coverage for
contract employees, who represent 74 per cent of the bargaining unit. The agreement allows
contract staff to join a cost-shared benefit plan that offers life insurance, vision care,
and 80 per cent payment of drugs,
most dental care, hospital stays, and nursing home care.
In addition, the agreement gives contract staff seniority
rights in the event of layoff as well as the right to grieve discipline and dismissal.
"On wages, we kept pace with Toronto municipal
employees for the period covered by the contract," said Zavitz. "That was always
our goal, and we reached it."
The new contract runs from July 1, 1998 to December 31,
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For more information: Tim Zavitz or Jim Elliott at (416)
Randy Robinson (416) 315-2982 (cell)
Bargaining Bulletin: MTHA Housing Officers settlement