The Arbitrator noted that the “uns quantified but low additional financial burden for some nurses” was a reasonable change in the dress code policy and the initial assumption of the burden by the provision of six high free uniforms, giving the union time to collectively negotiate a one-time allowance in the future. The ONA also noted that the requirement for nurses to purchase their scrubs under the Marks agreement was contrary to the collective agreement because it imposed higher costs on some nurses and changed the wage structure described in the agreement. Cornwall Community Hospital is a 156-bed hospital in Cornwall, Ont. The collective agreement with the Ontario Nurses Association (ONTA) did not contain a uniform allowance, but the hospital had a dress code in place since 2005. As the staff had no choice but to purchase the tops of the uniform at Mark`s prices, the hospital made six scrubs available to staff at once. Tops were average marginal costs, but the mass agreement allowed employees to buy them at a lower price than if they were purchased individually. Sometimes there were also eviction sales. The hospital has entered into a mass purchase agreement with clothing dealer Mark`s Work Wearhouse. Employees ordered uniform tops by filing a standardized form and picking up orders in-store. In 2017, the hospital informed the NAOS that it wanted to revise the dress code with a standardized uniform for the purpose of infection prevention and control, patient health and safety, the professional image of the hospital and the ease of identification of staff needed for the elderly and to facilitate the elderly. The dress code required all clinical staff officers – including registered nurses – to wear peels during service. Nurses paid for their own scrubs, with the exception of those who worked in the operating room, the post-anaesthetic care centre and the case rooms — the hospital provided them with clean, washable scrubs.
The staff was free to choose the style and color of the scrubs and where they were purchased. The arbitrator found that while the cost of Mark`s scrubs was higher than the cheapest available from other retailers, there was a discount and there was no minimum number that nurses had to buy. The difference in pricing was less than $10 per scrub, which was not a significant amount of money, considering that nurses` hourly wages ranged from more than $33 an hour to more than $47 an hour – and there was no evidence of the length of their work, nor of whether anyone had replaced those provided by the hospital. said the referee. . Reference: Cornwall Community Hospital and ONA. Lorne Slotnick , referee. Lennie Lejasisaks for employers. Alison Dover for Union. June 16, 2020. 2020 CarswellOnt 8470 . Hospital contract requires nurses to buy only standard uniforms a dress code requires Ontario nurses to purchase their scrubs from a common supplier at fixed prices, an arbitrator ruled.
The Ontario Nurses Association negotiates your wages, benefits and working conditions on your behalf. Access your contract below: Download the Retirement Home Model Agreement (French) (date Of June 30, 2021) But here, buying scrub tops from a supplier was the only way to implement the standardized uniforms policy – and the goal was “based on legitimate considerations.” The arbitrator found that the mandatory costs imposed by an employer should generally be considered inappropriate.