Bargaining Update #3: Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association
Quality public health care continues to be the focus for HSPBA negotiators
Negotiating teams head back into talks tomorrow to continue bargaining for a new collective agreement for the province’s 18,000 health science professionals working in hospitals and communities around the province.
Discussions have centred on measures to enhance job security, including addressing internal equity issues, improving the delivery of disability management programs for members, and expanding access to fill vacancies. Legislative protections for workers and extended parental leaves have been the focus of much discussion, as have been social changes which require updating leave provisions in the contract.
With a focus on improving the public health care system to strengthen the delivery of patient care, negotiators are pursuing a modernized collective agreement that allows for flexibility in a changing system, while ensuring continued growth in wages, benefits and career opportunities to ensure affordability for the province’s dedicated care givers.
The coming week is expected to see continued discussion of classification redesign, and strategies to assist effective management of workload.
HSPBA represents 18,000 union members, the majority of whom are represented by HSA. Other unions represented at the bargaining table are CUPE, BCGEU, PEA, and HEU. The current collective agreement expires in March 2019.
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