Hospital cleaning staff reach deal with Metro Vancouver health authorities

Source: Vancouver Sun, October 2, 2013

The Hospital Employees’ Union has reached a tentative deal with a U.S.-based company that employs nearly 1,300 hospital cleaning staff working in Vancouver Coastal and Fraser Health hospitals and extended care facilities.

The four-year deal was reached with Aramark late Tuesday in Burnaby with the assistance of mediator Vince Ready, said union spokesman Neil Monckton.

Talks resumed Monday just days after HEU members delivered a 97 per cent strike mandate to their bargaining committee.

HEU secretary-business manager Bonnie Pearson said, in a statement Wednesday, that the agreement includes significant improvements in benefits and overtime plus a modest wage boost….