Tentative agreement reached for HEU members at Ayre Manor Lodge

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The union’s bargaining committee reached a tentative agreement on July 31 for HEU members employed by Beckley Farm Lodge Society at Ayre Manor Lodge in Sooke, B.C.

Highlights of the proposed first collective agreement - in effect from January 28, 2009 to March 31, 2012 – include:

  • Wage increases – ranging from 4.5 per cent to 11 per cent – retroactive to April 1, 2009 for all classifications, except Resident Care Aides and Recreation Workers. (RCAs and RWs gave up a wage increase in 2009 in order to provide larger increases to the other classifications).
  • Across-the-board wage increases of $0.50 per hour April 1, 2010 and April 1, 2011, an increase of 2.3 per cent to 3.5 per cent in each year.
  • An increase to the evening, night and weekend shift premiums.
  • Conversion of the 5.26 per cent paid on each paycheque into a Health and Welfare Plan, Sick Leave Plan, Special Leave Plan and RRSP Plan.
  • The Health and Welfare Plan includes life insurance, accidental death and dismemberment, extended health, dental, vision care, and a drug plan including a drug card.
  • Accumulation of sick leave benefits to a maximum of 12 days per year (overall maximum of 30 days).
  • Special leave entitlement includes four paid days annually for bereavement leave or serious household emergencies.
  • Employees will continue to receive 4.2 per cent in lieu of statutory holidays.

The settlement – which your bargaining committee recommends acceptance – also includes language on “no contracting out” and health and safety, a shop steward system, a grievance procedure, and seniority rights.

** A Comprehensive Report with a draft of the collective agreement will be at the work site later this week. A ratification vote will be held Friday, August 14 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Ayre Manor Lodge.

Any questions, contact your bargaining committee Cheryl Wiebe or Mandy Truman, or HEU’s bargaining representative Heather Compton at 1-800-663-5813, extension 7034 (toll-free).

This contract covers resident care aides, recreation workers, cooks, servers, housekeepers, maintenance, and administrative assistants working at Ayre Manor Lodge, providing complex care, independent and assisted living services.