On November 25, 2012, the multi-union FBA bargaining committee reached a tentative agreement with the Health Employers Association of BC for a contract covering 43,000 health care workers. That collective agreement was ratified on December 21, following three weeks of ratification votes across the province.
2012-2014 facilities subsector comprehensive report
Quick facts about facilities subsector bargaining:
- The facilities collective agreement expired on March 31, 2012.
- About 43,000 health care workers in 11 unions are covered by the talks.
- HEU is the lead union in the multi-union Facilities Bargaining Association which begain negotiations with the Health Employers Association of BC (HEABC) on February 7, 2012.
- The HEU represents about 75 per cent of the members covered by the talks.
- Another 14 per cent are represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 873, the B.C. Government and Service Employees’ Union, the BC Nurses' Union and the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 882/882H.
- Six other unions represent about one per cent of workers covered by the talks.
- FBA members work in hospitals, residential care facilities and in emergency health services.
- The diverse bargaining unit of more than 270 job classifications includes care aides, LPNs, ambulance paramedics, health records staff, laboratory and other diagnostic specialists, sterile supply technicians, emergency dispatch personnel, trades and maintenance workers, activity aides and rehab assistants, IT specialists, pharmacy technicians, admitting and booking clerks, administrative staff, cleaning and dietary staff, and many others.
- 2010-2012 facilities subsector collective agreement and wage schedules.