Clinic staff ratifies contract

After working without a contract since Aug. 1, Fort Frances Clinic employees voted in favour of ratifying a deal Monday night.
The three-year deal, which the 26 members of CUPE Local #65 ratified around 8 p.m., will see increases in both wages and employee benefits, as well as a uniform allowance.
“It’s a good deal for employees. They were looking for a two-year contract and they got three,” clinic administrator Louise Kahler said Tuesday morning.
“The administration is happy, and I think the staff are happy,” she added.
Clinic employees had asked the Ministry of Labour to appoint a conciliation officer to assist them in achieving a contract settlement in their latest round of bargaining.
Kahler noted the conciliator helped in the negotiations.
CUPE rep Jules Tupker could not be reached for comment prior to press time.
The 26 members of CUPE Local #65—who are registered practical nurses, doctors’ helpers, stenographers, and clerks at the clinic—were looking for improvements in benefits and a wage hike comparable to that given to employees working in the public sector throughout the province.
“The members voted 100 percent in favour of taking action up to and including strike action if a settlement cannot be reached at conciliated talks,” Tupker had said in the press release in early October.
(Fort Frances Daily Bulletin)