Community Bargaining Association reaches tentative agreement for workers in community health - BCGEU

The Community Bargaining Association (CBA) and the Health Employers Association of British Columbia (HEABC) have reached a tentative agreement on a new collective agreement.

The BCGEU represents the majority of unionized workers in the community health sector.

"We've made substantial gains in a number of key areas. We're very happy with the tentative agreement. We're confident members in community health are as well," said BCGEU president Stephanie Smith. I'd like to thank the bargaining committee for its dedication to members. Next, we'll engage the membership about the deal and provide a comprehensive report on it before a ratification vote in the coming weeks."

The CBA represents roughly 16,000 employees working in community health around B.C. Roughly 10,000 are BCGEU members. Other unions at the table were UFCW, HEU, CUPE, HSA, USW, CLAC and BCNU. 

The tentative agreement has a three-year term and includes a general wage increase in each year. It also contains a low wage redress clause and stronger protections against contracting out.