Lennox Addington Interval House employees reach deal to end five month strike

Staff picket outside L&A Interval House as part of a five month long strike that began in October. Photo by Adam Prudhomme.

The following is a press release from Unifor:

Striking shelter workers at the Lennox and Addington Interval House (LAIH) have accepted and unanimously ratified the employer’s most recent offer, ending their five-month long strike.

“On behalf of our union, I must recognize the heartwarming support that these workers received from their neighbours during this long and difficult strike,” said Katha Fortier, Unifor Assistant to the National President. “I know that every single member is grateful for their community, and is ready to return to work once again.”

LAIH is a shelter that serves women and children escaping domestic violence.

This ratification vote ends the strike, which began Friday, October 29, 2021.

Members ratified a four-year collective agreement dated from August 1, 2019 when the previous contract expired to July 31, 2023.

The deal includes improved job posting and grievance procedure language and new language on return to work and injury at work.

Workers will receive a nine per cent wage increase over the term of the agreement.

“It’s the union’s, and the members’ belief that there are more improvements to be made at LAIH, and we’re committed to being partners in the continued advancement of shelter and outreach services,” said Gord Currie, Unifor Local 414 President. “With this contract, members can return to work and continue supporting survivors of violence in the community.”


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