The 30 members of Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada Local 324-10 yesterday voted overwhelmingly to ratify a new collective agreement with Comcare Health Services.
Comcare provides home-based health care services, and has branches in Fort Frances, Dryden, and Sioux Lookout.
“We are very pleased to have reached a solid, long-term deal which provides a number of significant improvements for our members,” noted CEP national rep Stephen Boon.
Boon said 90 percent of the workers voted in favour of the deal at a meeting last night in Dryden.
Back on May 26, the members had voted 95 percent in favour of authorizing strike action, which was scheduled to take place tomorrow at midnight.
Some of the key highlights of the deal are:
•10 percent increase in pay over four years;
•one additional paid stat holiday;
•36 percent increase in mileage pay, from $0.28/km to $0.38/km, over term of agreement;
•improved job posting language; and
•increased bereavement leave.