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York Region strikes 2-year deal with nurses' union

Collective agreement includes a one-per-cent wage increase each year
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York Regional Council approved a two-year renewal collective agreement between the Regional Municipality of York and the Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA). 

The previous collective agreement, representing 239 nursing professionals, expired March 31, 2019. 

Negotiation teams began bargaining earlier this year, reaching a tentative agreement on May 22, which was subsequently ratified by the association membership June 4. 

The contract is retroactive to April 1, 2019 and expires on March 31, 2021.

“This contract represents a fair and balanced agreement between our unionized employees and the corporation,” York Region chairman and CEO Wayne Emmerson said. “On behalf of York Regional Council and the 1.2 million residents living in York Region, I offer my continued appreciation to staff for the important work they do in contributing to the health and well-being of our communities.” 

Details of the agreement includes a wage increase of 1 per cent effective April 1, 2019 and April 1, 2020.

At York Region, the Ontario Nurses’ Association represents public health nurses, registered nurses, childbirth educators and clinical nurse specialists.

The Regional Municipality of York is represented by three unions that include CUPE Local 905 (York Region Unit), CUPE Local 905 (Long-Term Care Unit) and the Ontario Nurses’ Association. 

The Regional Municipality of York consists of nine local cities and towns and provides a variety of programs and services to 1.2 million residents and 52,000 businesses with over 636,600 employees. 

More information about the Region’s key service areas is available here.