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August 22, 2003

MACHP Arbitration Report

The Regional Health Authorities of Manitoba (RHAM) announced today receipt of arbitrator Vince Ready's ruling resolving the outstanding collective bargaining issues between the RHAM and the Manitoba Association of Health Care Professionals (MAHCP). Ready's ruling is binding on both parties, as per the agreement of the employers and the association when entering into the process.

While the report awards a base increase of three per cent in each of three years, WRHA Vice President Real Cloutier noted most allied health care professionals will receive more than that.

"There are a significant number of market adjustments to the majority of members," Cloutier said. "In some cases these represent an increase up to 18 per cent over the three years."

Cloutier said that reflects the situation nationally. "We accept the arbitrator's recognition that a number of occupational groups in allied health sector have significant recruitment and retention issues. This will assist Manitoba employers in their efforts for remain competitive nationally."

The issue went to arbitration after MAHCP members voted to reject a mediated settlement recommended by Ready May 8th. Although most of the issues surrounding the contract issues had been resolved through negotiation, the major monetary questions were still outstanding.

Cloutier thanked Ready for his efforts, noting he has been involved with this issue since early April.

Ready is recognized across the country for his work in many industries. He has arbitrated and/or mediated more than 5,000 workplace labour disputes.

MAHCP represents more than 3,400 health care professionals including pharmacists, technicians and technologists. The members work at all the health care centres throughout the city including the Health Sciences Centre and St. Boniface Hospital, personal care homes and health clinics.

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