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Community health bargaining: unions, employer resume talks

The Community Bargaining Association (CBA) resumed bargaining last week in Vancouver, exchanging and discussing proposals for four days with the Health Employers Association of British Columbia (HEABC).

The parties discussed several issues and exchanged proposals on previously tabled proposals.  Most of the non-monetary issues have been canvassed, and this week work continue to narrow the differences or gain agreement on many issues members have identified as important.

The scheduling subcommittee has met, and will meet with the employer to continue discussions on scheduling for community health workers.

The bargaining committee reports that some progress has been made, and the employer is showing a willingness to discuss the issues unions have put on the table.

Bargaining dates are scheduled for the next two weeks.

The Community Bargaining Association represents more than 14,000 members, the majority of whom are represented by the BCGEU.  Other Unions at the table are HSA, UFCW, HEU, CUPE, and USWA.

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