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FBA

More than 2,000 BCGEU members are covered by the Facilities Bargaining Association (FBA) collective agreement. They provide direct care and support services in care homes, hospitals, specialized services including BC Emergency Health Services and the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital, administration services and in the supply chain. The BCGEU is the second largest of the nine FBA unions.

HEABC-FBA Agreement

  • HEABC-FBA Agreement (April 1, 2022, to March 31, 2025) A new agreement was ratified in October, 2022. While the document is being prepared, please refer to the Comprehensive Report to view changes. This downloadable version of the comprehensive report includes hyperlinks so you can easily navigate to the full text of the agreed-to language. A link to the new collective agreement will be available here as soon as a finalized version is available.
  • Previous agreement: HEABC-FBA Agreement (2019-2022)

Education/Training Funds

  • FBA Education Fund – The FBA Education Fund has been increased to $1.5 million per year ($4.5 million total) during the life of the 2022-2025 FBA Collective Agreement. This union-administered fund provides monies for health care education and training for skills upgrading and career mobility opportunities. Since it was first bargained in 2006, nearly $15.5 million has been dispersed to some 4,000 members. Watch for updates and an application form here as the renewed collective agreement is implemented.
  • Joint Retraining Fund – The Joint Retraining Fund, established in 2008, was created to retrain contracted out employees. The Fund will now target training needs of contracted service employees returning to the FBA bargaining unit. Watch for updates here as the 2022-2025 FBA Collective Agreement is implemented.

Enhanced Disability Management Program

Your union and employer are committed to supporting your health and well-being at work. The Enhanced Disability Management Program (EDMP) is designed to help you when you are absent from work or struggling at work due to an occupational or non-occupational illness or injury. This may include medical, personal, workplace and/or vocational issues.

The EDMP was jointly negotiated and developed between the Facilities Bargaining Association and the Health Employers Association of BC and is now part of your collective agreement.

Participation is required for all full-time and part-time employees covered by the facilities subsector collective agreement who have:

  • missed one shift due to workplace illness or injury, or
  • missed five consecutive shifts due to a non work-related illness or injury.

Regular employees who are otherwise struggling at work but do not meet the criteria, and casual employees can refer themselves into the program, although services provided may vary.

Your medical information is kept strictly confidential and is only available to the disability management team working directly on your file. Information is provided to managers and human resources only on a need-to-know basis, limited to the nature of an absence and any functional information relating to a return to work.

If you have any questions or would like more information about the Enhanced Disability Management Program, please contact your local EDMP steward, your manager/supervisor, or refer to your collective agreement.