The Service Employees International Union met with an arbitrator last Friday as part of a settlement that ended a two-week province-wide strike of 4,500 personal support workers at Red Cross Care Partners (RCCP).
The strike was being closely watched by an estimated 80,000 personal support workers employed in the province’s home care, long term care and hospital sectors.
SEIU announced a deal had been reached on Christmas Eve to refer the issue to interest arbitration – the first meeting with the arbitrator taking place January 3.
While the RCCP workers have had their wages frozen since 2011, SEIU reports the President of the Red Cross Society took at 9 per cent wage increase in 2012.
The workers rejected an 11 cent per hour increase in November.
In a press release issued December 27, SEIU Healthcare thanked supporters, including union allies.
To watch our video of the strike kick-off, click on the box below.