Union and ARCH Ratify New Agreement

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At their Board Meeting on Wednesday, September 11 ARCH Hospice ratified the collective agreement with Unifor Local 1359. The contract covers care staff including Registered Nurses, Registered Practical Nurses, Personal Support Workers, and the Chef. Negotiations concluded in the early morning hours of Thursday, August 28, 2019.

“We are proud of the hard work of both teams throughout this process,” stated Theresa Mudge, Executive Director at ARCH Hospice.

There was no previous collective agreement in place, and it was a unique negotiating environment given ARCH Hospice’s additional commitment to its many donors and volunteers as a registered charity. “This was new ground for all involved. ARCH and Unifor collaborated to ensure the essential role volunteers play at Hospice was preserved.” Theresa explained further, “We also had to ensure we didn’t overextend Hospice resources and couldn’t negotiate beyond our means. Both sides cooperated to create a collective agreement that ensures ARCH will be available to the community for years to come.”

We feel positive moving forward. In the end, a collaborative, unified approach lead to the success of this agreement. “Everyone involved wanted what was best for all of our stakeholders: our residents and their families, our staff, our volunteers, and our donors. We feel confident this collective agreement has everyone’s best interests at heart,” shared Theresa Mudge.

ARCH Hospice provides quality, compassionate care through end-of-life to Algoma District families at no cost. The emotional, spiritual, and physical comfort of our residents and their loved ones is our highest priority. ARCH is a home-away-from-home during one of life’s most important moments: the end-of-life journey. The Hospice is only partially government funded, requiring $750,000 annually in community support as well as the generosity of over 140 volunteers to provide our services to the community.