On January 11, 2013, the multi-union Community Bargaining Association reached a tentative agreement with the Health Employers Association of BC for a contract covering 14,000 community health care workers. After four weeks of ratification votes across the province, members voted 86 per cent in favour of ratification.
- Community health collective agreement ratified
- 2012-2014 community health comprehensive report
- Briefing for HEU community health members on job descriptions (HEU newsletter: March 14, 2013)
Quick facts about Community Health bargaining:
- The Community Health collective agreement expired on March 31, 2012.
- About 14,000 health care workers are covered by the multi-union Community Bargaining Association (CBA), including HEU, BCGEU, UFCW 1518, CUPE, HSA, CLAC and USWA.
- The HEU represents about 1,500 members covered by the talks.
- The BCGEU is the lead union in the CBA, which began negotiations with the Health Employers Association of BC (HEABC) on January 23, 2012.
- The CBA represents health care workers who provide home-based, medically related support services to seniors and persons with disabilities. Workers in the sector also provide community-based health services, including mental health and addictions services and administrative support to home support agencies and health authorities.
- CBA members gave an 86 per cent strike mandate in October, and rotating job action began around the province on November 7, 2012.
- The parties resumed talks the week of January 7, 2013, and reached a tentative settlement on January 11.
- Telephone Town Hall – ratification information for all workers in community health - Wednesday, January 23 (7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.)
- Current collective agreement (2010-2012) and other information.