#29 Bargaining resumes Mar. 23

Bargaining bulletin

HEABC asks for more time to prepare revised position

Bargaining for services and support workers is on hold until Friday as health employers ask for more time to prepare a revised position to bring back to the negotiating table.

HEU's secretary-business manager Chris Allnutt says the length of time HEABC has requested is unusually long, but he's prepared to give employers the benefit of the doubt and looks forward to significant movement in their position.

“With a little more than a week to go before our agreement expires, it’s time for health employers to make a fundamental shift in their bargaining position,” says Allnutt.

“HEU and its bargaining partners have been working hard to narrow the range of outstanding issues on the table,” adds Allnutt.

HEABC is still demanding concessions in several areas including cuts to injury-on-duty leave.

And on the compensation front, employers have tabled a parity plan for community caregivers that would delay wage justice for at least another decade. Their proposal for general wage increases falls below the recent BCGEU public service settlement.

Allnutt says HEABC is sidestepping union proposals that would improve the delivery of health care services such as increased staffing ratios in long-term care and bolstering training for the nursing team.

Health employers have outright refused to discuss union proposals to improve worker input into scheduling issues.

Meanwhile, HEU's Foyer Maillard Local is spearheading a "one contract for all” rally this Friday, March 23 at 11:30 a.m. at the corner of Sherbrooke and Columbia in New Westminister.

Members at Foyer Mailllard and about a thousand other HEU members in long-term care facilities have yet to have their wages levelled and have not received comparability/pay equity adjustments.