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Allied Health Professionals ratify new 4-year contract with N.L. government

Gordon Piercey, president of the Association of Allied Health Professionals, said that although there is still more work to be done for allied health workers, this agreement is a great first step. (Ted Dillon/CBC - image credit)
Gordon Piercey, president of the Association of Allied Health Professionals, said that although there is still more work to be done for allied health workers, this agreement is a great first step. (Ted Dillon/CBC - image credit)
Gordon Piercey, president of the Association of Allied Health Professionals, said that although there is still more work to be done for allied health workers, this agreement is a great first step.
Gordon Piercey, president of the Association of Allied Health Professionals, said that although there is still more work to be done for allied health workers, this agreement is a great first step.

Gordon Piercey, president of the Association of Allied Health Professionals, says although there is more work to be done for allied health workers, the agreement is a good first step. (Ted Dillon/CBC)

The Association of Allied Health Professionals have ratified their agreement with the provincial government.

In a press release Monday, the association, which represents about 800 people from various health fields, announced that 88 per cent of the members had voted in favour of a four-year contract with the province.

"After years of waiting to get the respect they deserve, our members finally feel like government is listening and ready to take the necessary steps to strengthen retention efforts and recruitment capacity," said Gordon Piercey, president of the association.

The press release states the government and the association have agreed to establish a permanent pay grid for health professionals within a year of signing.

Piercey's statement says there is still work to be done.

"While this agreement sees significant movement in wages, and some positive changes to workload and standards of practice, we recognize that it will not immediately solve all the current issues facing our membership," he said. "This is why we are calling it a purposeful first step."

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