Earlier this week we let you know that home support workers in Metro Vancouver and southern Vancouver Island will be transitioned to the Fraser, Vancouver Coastal and Vancouver Island Health authorities. This is an important change that will bring greater security to workers, and better care to B.C. seniors.
However, as the BC Care Providers Association who represents private sector home support agencies has recently pointed out, job losses will occur due to the transition. We want you to be assured that these losses do not affect our membership and are confined to managers and those working as human resources professionals as well as in benefits management, payroll, and billing.
As unionized workers, not only are your jobs safe, there will also be no loss in wages, benefits or pension plans.
Moving home support workers in-house is an excellent public policy decision on the part of our provincial government. It demonstrates to us that after two decades of advocating to bring these jobs under government employment, that we finally have a government that is truly working for people. This change will make more resources available for seniors care and protect workers at the same time.
The BCGEU will be working closely with the health authorities over the next 12-18 months to ensure a smooth transition and as noted earlier this week, your union will keep you updated with the information you need to know.
For any questions you may have now, please contact your local chairperson. Contact information can be found under Components on the BCGEU website.
Scott De Long
VP, Component 8
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