Update on comparability increases

To:    All Members, Health Services & Support Community Subsector

The current collective agreement gives approximately 80% of the FTEs (full time equivalents) in the Community Subsector comparability increases of 1% on April 1, 2016, 0.5% on April 1, 2017 and 0.5% on April 1, 2018. These increases will narrow the gap between Community and Facilities jobs doing the same or similar work, and which have comparable benchmarks.

The process of determining which classifications will receive comparability increases is ongoing. The CBA and HEABC were unable to agree on all of the classifications to be included. We were also unable to agree on which Facilities benchmarks were appropriate for nine of the classifications brought forward for possible inclusion.  The issue was submitted to arbitrator Vince Ready in mid-December and we have now received his decision.

Ready’s decision only addressed the appropriate benchmarks for the specific classifications.  It did not address which classifications would receive the increases.  The CBA continues to work with HEABC to reach agreement and have the comparability increases implemented.  While the process will not be completed in time for the April 1st, 2016 implementation date, the increases will be retroactive to the first full pay period after April 1st, 2016.

Once agreement between the HEABC and CBA has been reached we will advise members of which classifications will receive the comparability monies.

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