The Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association (HSPBA) entered into bargaining this week with the Health Employers' Association of BC (HEABC) to negotiate a new collective agreement for their 18,000 members. The Health Sciences Association is the lead union in these sectoral negotiations. The BCGEU is represented at the bargaining table, along with CUPE, PEA and HEU.
"Our members have identified a number of issues to take to the table, including workload, wages, recruitment and retention challenges and recognizing the value of health science professionals on health care teams," said BCGEU president Stephanie Smith.
"We won't be able to fix 16 years of erosion in our health care system overnight, but we are committed to achieving a contract that improves the delivery of health services to British Columbians."
The HSPBA will continue bargaining next week in Vancouver. The BCGEU represents approximately 2,100 health science professionals in various disciplines across the province.
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