November 27, 2013

Amendment to tentative agreement

On November 21, the Health Sciences Association (the lead union in the Health Professionals Bargaining Association) issued a letter amending the tentative agreement so that the “Economic Stability Dividend” will apply to the final four years of the agreement. (To read the letter click here.)

Your Presidents Council continues to recommend that CUPE members vote NO on the tentative agreement.

November 27, 2013

Amendment to tentative agreement

On November 21, the Health Sciences Association (the lead union in the Health Professionals Bargaining Association) issued a letter amending the tentative agreement so that the “Economic Stability Dividend” will apply to the final four years of the agreement. (To read the letter click here.)

Your Presidents Council continues to recommend that CUPE members vote NO on the tentative agreement.

November 21, 2013

CUPE Health Care Presidents Council launches “Vote No” campaign

BURNABY—CUPE’s Health Care Presidents Council is urging its members in the sector to reject the tentative agreement between the Health Sciences Professionals Bargaining Association and the Health Employers Association of BC, and is launching a campaign to have members vote “no” in upcoming ratification votes.

November 16, 2013

CUPE's Health Care Presidents Council recommends rejection of tentative agreement

VANCOUVER - CUPE's Health Care Presidents Council is recommending that its members in the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association (HSPBA) reject the tentative agreement reached with the Health Employers Association of BC (HEABC).

November 15, 2013

CUPE health science workers reach tentative agreement with employers’ association

BURNABY - The bargaining association representing the various health science unions has reached a tentative agreement with the Health Employers’ Association of BC (HEABC).

CUPE’s bargaining committee is reviewing the agreement before making a recommendation to members affected by the tentative contract.

The Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association is the bargaining agent of unionized health professional workers in BC. Its members will vote on the tentative agreement in December.

CUPE represents 500 health science professionals in BC.

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October 30, 2013

Arbitrator upholds mandatory flu shot policy

BURNABY—The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) is disappointed by the October 23 arbitrator’s ruling on mandatory flu shots for health care workers.

“Our members are professionals and should be able to make up their own minds about their personal health and its impact on service, so we’re disappointed by this ruling,” said Troy Clifford, Health Care Sector Coordinator for CUPE. “Regardless, we will respect the ruling and encourage our members to follow the policy.”

October 4, 2013

Vancouver communities suffer under more health service cuts

VANCOUVER—Layoff notices issued this week by the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority will result in reduced health services for children and Vancouver¹s most vulnerable, says CUPE Local 15.

“Premier Christy Clark is slowly starving local health services,” said CUPE 15 president Leanne Toderian.

March 6, 2013

Health science professionals ratify collective agreement

VANCOUVER—Health science professionals have voted 83 percent in favour of accepting a new contract that includes wage increases totaling three percent, and protects the wages of hospital pharmacists who were threatened with wage rollbacks of up to 14 percent. The agreement was reached between the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association (HSPBA) and Health Employers’ Association of BC (HEABC.)

The agreement includes wage increases totaling three percent, and makes permanent a market adjustment of between 9 and 14 percent for pharmacists.

February 19, 2013

Community Health collective agreement ratified

VANCOUVER—Workers in Community Health have voted 86 percent in favour of a two-year contract that provides an across the board wage increase, and improved workplace and scheduling provisions.

The agreement comes after one year of difficult negotiations with the Health Employers' Association of BC (HEABC). Ratification votes were held across the province over the past four weeks.

Highlights include:

January 31, 2013

Tentative agreement reached for health science professionals

VANCOUVER - After almost a year of bargaining for a new contract, the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association (HSPBA) has reached a tentative agreement for nearly 17,000 health science professionals working in hospitals and communities across British Columbia.

“In a very difficult bargaining climate we have reached a tentative agreement which reflects the important work CUPE health care professional do. This agreement will allow members to continue to provide quality health care services to British Columbians,” said CUPE bargaining committee member Chris Losito.