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Friday, September 7, 2018

UPDATE: Owen Sound Family Health Team Strike Over

Owen Sound | by Matt Hermiz  

Doctors, union ratify new four-year agreement

The strike at the Owen Sound Family Health Team is officially over.

The Owen Sound Family Health Organization confirms in a statement physicians have voted to ratify the new collective agreement reached with OPSEU Local 276.

Union members ratified the new four-year agreement yesterday.

The union says workers could be back on the job as early as Sept. 10.

Some 30 nurses, clerical and custodial workers walked off the job on May 22.

Without giving specifics, OPSEU says doctors provide substantial wage increases, no pension claw back and significantly improved job security in the new agreement.

Meanwhile, OSFHO says it will be implementing a progressive and revised organizational structure which will result in new roles and significantly improve the patient experience, in terms of both quality of care and speed of delivery.

Prior to walking off the job, union employees rejected an agreement that offered one per cent annual raises -- up to five per cent for some -- but reduced the employer's pension contributions.

Tensions had escalated on the picket lines in recent weeks with police having to intervene in a number of incidents where cars struck or bumped picketers, who were delaying vehicles entering the Family Health Team building parking lot.

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