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Unions and HEABC resolve April 1 wage increase issue

In early May, HEABC met with the Health Sciences Association (HSA) representing the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association and representatives of the Community Bargaining Association, the Facilities Bargaining Association and the Nurses Bargaining Association to discuss language within the new collective agreements regarding the effective date of wage increases.

CBA members vote to accept collective agreement in community health

Members of the Community Bargaining Association have voted 97 per cent in favour of ratifying a new four-year collective agreement that includes wage increases, protection against contracting out, improved health and safety provisions, and early signing bonuses of up to $4,200. 
 
-Theres a small measure of justice in the settlement, given that workers were forced to accept wage rollbacks in 2004 to protect services and jobs," says Lori Horvat, an HSA representative on the CBA bargaining committee.

Details of the Community Health Services and Support (CBA) collective agreement

Ratification meetings are being held for HSA members to vote on the tentative agreement between the Community Bargaining Association (Community Health Services and Support) and Health Employers' Association. The HSA Board of Directors and your bargaining committee are recommending you vote "YES" in favour of the agreement. For information on this agreement:

Summary of the proposed collective agreement

Tentative agreement reached

B.C.s 13,000 workers covered by Community Health collective agreement have a tentative agreement for a new contract that includes pay increases, stronger employment security and contracting out protections, and measures to improve health and safety.

-This is a good, solid settlement that meets the priorities set by community health workers," says George Heyman, president of the B.C. Government and Service Employees Union, which is the largest union involved in the talks.

Community health talks hit contracting out hurdle Tuesday night

Contract talks for community health workers went late into the night Tuesday, but negotiators for the multi-union community health bargaining association ran into a significant hurdle in our efforts to limit the number of jobs employers can contract out over the life of the agreement.

As a result, talks adjourned in an effort to give both sides the chance to come up with solutions to move negotiations closer to a settlement.

Employment security issues—including caps on contracting out—are a crucial issue for front-line workers.

Community health talks move closer to settlement

Negotiators for the multi-union community health bargaining association representing 13,000 workers say they are moving closer to achieving a tentative contract now that there's agreement with employers on important issues like wage-protected employees and superior benefits.

In addition, the Health Employers Association of B.C. has dropped some concession demands such as a longer work week and poor bumping language.

Latest on pay, job security from community health employers -pretty underwhelming"

It took them three days to respond, but in bargaining Monday evening the Health Employers Association of B.C. finally tabled counter offers on the key union priorities of wages and job security.

Lori Horvat, an HSA representative on the Community Bargaining Association bargaining committee, said the employer tabled a job security package that they admitted they couldnt deliver on.

Community health talks to go through weekend

As contract talks for 13,000 community health workers get set to go through the weekend, HSA negotiators Charlie Wheat and Lori Horvat report that while small progress has been made in the past several days, health employers have still not moved on the key issues for front line workers.