The Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) recently secured a new collective agreement for workers at the Ottawa Hospital. The agreement reflects the hard work and dedication of OPSEU members who play an essential role in providing quality healthcare services to patients in the Ottawa region.

The new agreement covers a three-year period from 2021 to 2024 and includes wage increases, improvements to job security and protection, and increased health and safety measures for workers. OPSEU members will also have access to enhanced benefits such as increased vacation time and better coverage for prescription medications.

One critical aspect of the new agreement is the provision of fair wages for workers. This is particularly important given the challenges that healthcare workers have faced during the COVID-19 pandemic. The agreement includes a 2.5% wage increase in the first year, followed by a 1% increase in the second year and a 1.5% increase in the third year. These wage increases reflect the hard work and dedication of OPSEU members and help to ensure that they are fairly compensated for their services.

In addition to the wage increases, the new agreement also includes improved protections for workers. Specifically, the agreement strengthens job security provisions, ensuring that workers are not subject to arbitrary termination or layoff. This provides peace of mind for workers and helps to ensure that they can continue to provide quality healthcare services.

Moreover, the agreement includes increased health and safety measures for workers. This is particularly important given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the increased risks that healthcare workers face on a daily basis. The agreement includes provisions for personal protective equipment (PPE), increased training, and improved infection control measures.

In summary, the new collective agreement between OPSEU and the Ottawa Hospital reflects the hard work and dedication of healthcare workers and ensures that they are fairly compensated for their services. The agreement includes provisions for fair wages, job security, and increased health and safety measures, all of which are critical to ensuring the continued provision of quality healthcare services in the Ottawa region.