HSPBA Classification Review 2023
This fall, all HSA members in the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association will have the opportunity to help modernize the classification system. By taking part, you can ensure your role in that system is clearly recognized and confirm that your job is classified and paid appropriately.
Over 18,000 HSA members work as health science professionals in over 70 different professions. The work is complex and it’s getting more so with each passing year. For many of BC’s health science professionals, the current classification system has not kept pace with the change in their work. For over twenty years, previous governments refused to modernize the classification system, but in the last round of bargaining, HSA and the employer struck an agreement to complete the design and implementation of the new profile-based classification system.
WHY THIS MATTERS
Your wage is determined by your classification. Your classification is determined by the health science profession you belong to, and the level of duties and responsibilities of your job. A good classification system keeps pace with the ever-changing ways in which the health care system is structured and delivers care. It also ensures that your role in that system is clearly recognized and that you are paid appropriately for the work you do.
The current classification structures are mostly unchanged since 1990, even though your work has become more complex and acute. In some cases, there aren't enough classification/pay levels, leaving some health science professions without recognition for the work they do. In other cases, members are paid less than colleagues in other health science professions who perform work of the same scope and level of responsibility.
Starting this fall, the classification system is being updated. When this process is done, it will apply uniformly to workers across the full spectrum of health science professions to reflect the reality of the health care system as a whole.
The bottom line is this: while the health care system has become much more complex in the last thirty years, and continues to evolve, the system that determines your rate of pay has not kept up.
Improvements to the classification system will recognize advanced practice work and supervisory/leadership work in the same manner for every profession, resulting in a fair and equitable system that uniformly applies to all health science professions.
WHAT DO I NEED TO DO?
The first step will be taken by the employer, who will provide you with your job description and notification of which of the new classification profiles they’ve assigned to your job. They will provide this to you directly by September 22, 2023.
Before November 15, members could use HSA’s classification review tool, which guided you through an assessment of your job to determine if the employer has assigned your job to the correct classification profile.
At this point, only members who have a compelling reason for their delay or whose employer was late to provide job descriptions and profile matches should use the tool. If the employer did not provide you with the required information by the deadline, you have up to two weeks after the date of receipt to use the classification review tool and file an objection if necessary. To access the classification review tool, please click here:
Listen to this recording of Derek Wong, who leads HSA's Classifications Department, explaining the HSPBA classifications review process:
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