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CCAC health staff's top wages between $40 - $60 per hour (con't)

The information is contained in the collective agreement between the Ontario Nurses Association (ONA) - which represents the managers and other employees - and various CCACs across the province, most of which have been affected by the strike.

Striking workers return Tuesday to their jobs as both parties in the dispute agreed on the weekend to binding arbitration.

But a salary grid provided by the union shows that case managers, for example, effective April 1, 2013, earn from between $32.65 at level 1 to $36.12 at level 3 to $42.85 at level 6.

Benefits are in addition to these rates, ONA spokesman Lawrence Walter said.

"Benefits are separate as contained in Article 19 in the collective agreement."

The staff’s last contract expired March 31 of last year.

The union is seeking a 1.4 per cent increase over two years to match the salaries of its members who work in hospitals, public health facilities and long term care homes.

There are some 260 local CCAC staff who do such jobs as assess hospital patients’ health care needs returning to their homes after a hospital stay or their placement in nursing homes.

While the union provided such salary information the association representing the CCACs declined to do so, despite the fact the non-profit CCACs are publically funded.

“We’re a non-profit organization that is funded by the LHIN (Local Health Integration Networks) and the ministry but we are not considered Ontario public employees,” spokeswoman Renee Trembley said.

“If you called any other employer they would probably tell you the same thing, right?” she said. “We couldn’t give you the name of our employees, for example, or what they make per hour, that’s all protected information.”

But Trembley said CCAC management is considered direct government employees and those making more than $100,000 per year are named in the province’s public salary disclosure act also known as the “sunshine” list.

Major increases in some executives' salaries have been a sore point with the ONA.

The Toronto Star reported a year ago that the CEO of a Toronto area CCAC saw her salary jump 50 per cent from $180,005 in 2009 to $271,734 in 2012 — an increase of more than $90,000.

And the CEO of the Hamilton-Niagara CCAC saw a 24-per-cent pay hike over the same period to $265,949.

WindsorOntarioNews.com


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