Negotiations continue for health science professionals contract

Bargaining Update #8
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The Paramedical Professional Bargaining Association (PPBA) and Health Employers Association of BC (HEABC) have scheduled a series of dates for discussion on the key issues identified in the Framework Agreement signed June 10. The following dates for negotiations have been scheduled:

June 22 and 23
July 6, 7, and 8
July 13, 14, and 15

Negotiations will be restricted to the following issues:

  • administrative issues related to the unions ability to represent members in the workplace
  • bumping and posting language
  • long-term disability
  • hours of work
  • adequate off-duty hours for those providing on-call services
  • classification issues
  • mileage
  • recruitment and retention
  • contract language housekeeping issues

Discussion on all these issues is to be concluded by July 30, 2004, unless both parties mutually agree to continue. If agreement is reached on any issues, the two parties agree to recommend that the current collective agreement be rolled over, including any changes on the agreed-to items.

The Paramedical Professional Bargaining Association represents approximately 13,000 health science professionals in the Health Sciences Association of BC, BC Government and Service Employees Union, Canadian Union of Public Employees, Professional Employees Association, and the Hospital Employees Union.