Employees of the Ontario Ombudsman who are members of the Canadian Office and Professional Employees ratified a labor agreement this week. The collective bargaining agreement, in effect until March 31, 2011, includes an immediate pay raise of 3.5% retroactive to April 1, 2007, another 3.5% effective April 1, 2008, plus 3.5% in each of the next two years. It also enhances health and drug benefits, and increases the work week from 35 hours to 36.25 hours. "Our investigators, intake officers, administrative and other staff work hard to help the people of Ontario," said Ombudsman Andre Marin. "I'm pleased to have an agreement that ensures they are fairly and properly recognized for that work." (Marketwire.)
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