Community health collective agreement ratified

Bargaining Bulletins

Workers in the community health sector have voted 86 per cent 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) and the multi-union Community Bargaining Association (CBA), led by the B.C. Government and Service Employees’ Union. Ratification votes were held across the province the past four weeks. 

Highlights include:

  • Three per cent (3%) wage increase for all employees (2% upon ratification and 1% on April 1, 2013).
  • Improved scheduling provisions.
  • Improved grievance arbitration language.
  • Respectful workplace provisions.
  • Elimination of a double probationary period for casuals.
  • Protection for casuals in the event of retendering.

The two-year contract covers more than 14,000 community health workers – including 1,500 HEU members. Other unions at the CBA table include UFCW, CUPE, HSA and USWA.