TORONTO -- Workers at 53 Ontario hospitals have ratified a tentative agreement that was signed on May 29.

The Ontario Public Service Employees Union says they voted 92 per cent in favour of the three-year contract.

It includes wage increases and/or lump sums for the first year to match those awarded to the Ontario Nurses' Association, along with 1.4 per cent wage increases in the second and third years.

The agreement covers 12,000 hospital staff in more than 250 occupations including lab and radiation technologists, lab assistants, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, social workers and pharmacy technicians.

OPSEU says the three-year agreement also includes improvements to benefits, bereavement leave and the grievance procedure.