On December 1, a tentative agreement covering 44,000 health care workers was reached between the multi-union Facilities Bargaining Association (FBA) and the Health Employers Association of BC (HEABC).The three-year agreement includes general wage increases of six per cent, in line with other settlements reached with government employees, community health workers, nurses and health science professionals, under the provincial government's current negotiating mandate for public sector employers.
Negotiations began in early September and took place over nine weeks in total.
The BCGEU bargaining committee has reviewed the agreement and is recommending members to vote "yes" in the ratification meetings, being scheduled later in January 2019.
Click here to read the details of the tentative agreement in the 2019 FBA Comprehensive Report
Highlights of the agreement:
- No concessions
- Three-year agreement: Apr. 1, 2019 to Mar. 31, 2022
- Six per cent in general wage increases
- Improvements to evening, night, weekend and on-call differentials and isolation allowance
- Elimination of Grids 7, 8 and 9
- $1 million for MSI prevention projects
- 600,000 new bargaining unit hours by 2021
- $8.5 million from government to start up a new health care occupational health and safety organization
- Improved language to address workload
- Pre-2002 "no contracting out" provision restored
- Process to look at bringing contracted-out work back under health authority control
- $3 million in funding for the FBA Education Fund
- Bullying and harassment definition in agreement
- Sexual and domestic violence leave using special leave credits
- Access to compassionate leave for pregnancy loss after 20 weeks
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