Manitoba healthcare support workers ratify new contract that includes wage increase and signing bonus


Some 18,000 health care support workers in Manitoba have ratified a new collective agreement that includes wage increases.

The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) says its members voted in favor of the deal reached earlier this month.

It covers workers in many regions, including the southern, northern and Winnipeg regional health authorities.

The seven-year deal is retroactive to 2017 and contains annual wage increases totaling 9.6%.

The union says there is also a signing bonus, a pay rise for people who work nights and weekends, and improvements to family sick leave.

The union says negotiations have been difficult, dating back to when the provincial government tried to impose a wage freeze on public sector workers.

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