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65,000 Ontario hospital workers awarded 6% wage increase



“Significant improvements to dental and other benefits, real wage increases, and substantial adjustments to premiums will all contribute to making these frontline hospital staff feel valued and help them to better cope with the cost-of-living crisis that all working people are facing,” said Michael Hurley, president, OCHU-CUPE.

“New measures to police agency nursing profits, review contracted-out work, and provide stable weekend staffing are also good steps forward.”

Union collaboration helps increase wages

This comes after a June 2023 Kaplan decision that awarded these same workers a 6.25% retroactive wage increase following the defeat of Doug Ford’s unconstitutional Bill 124.

In January, Kaplan awarded nurses (RNs) and health-care professionals with average wage increases of 11% over two years following the overturning of Bill 124. In February, Ontario’s Court of Appeal released its decision on the controversial Bill 124, finding the law that would cap public sector workers’ wages to be unconstitutional.

OCHU-CUPE and SEIU also achieved mandatory reporting around agency usage, which financial reporting makes clear “is an expensive band-aid to the long-running staffing crisis,” said the unions.

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