UNA members at Rivercrest Care Centre ratify new contract

Members of United Nurses of Alberta Local 90 working at the Rivercrest Care Centre in Fort Saskatchewan have ratified a new collective agreement with their employer, Rivercrest Lodge Nursing Home Ltd.

The four-year contract with a term of April 1, 2020 to March 31, 2024 includes retroactive salary increases of 4.25 per cent as of January 1, 2022 and a 2 per cent as of January 1, 2023.

Employees covered by the new contract will also receive a one-time premium payment of 1% of the Basic Rate of Pay for all hours worked between January 1, 2021 and December 31, 2021 as recognition for services rendered during the COVID-19 response.

Other highlights of the contract include new language providing a 2X premium if an Employee’s schedule has been changed without having been given 7 days notice, increases in Evening, Night and Weekend differential pay, clarified definitions of categories of employment (ie: Regular, Temporary and Casual Employee), increases to maternal and parental leave to 18 months, and benefit coverage for eligible temporary employees working more than 6 month position.

The new contract also recognizes the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation as a Named Holiday.

UNA congratulates and thanks our Local and bargaining team members for their hard-work and solidarity during these negotiations.

UNA provides a wide range of services to its members. A key role is negotiating the excellent collective agreements that regulate salaries, benefits, schedules and working conditions of members. UNA also administers its agreements to resolve disputes, improve working conditions and protect nurses’ workplace rights.