Paramedical professionals contract talks temporarily suspended

Bargaining bulletin

Bargaining between the Paramedical Professional Bargaining Association and the Health Employers Association of B.C. has been temporarily suspended.

After several bargaining sessions that have allowed the parties to explore a number of issues, the two sides agreed to suspend bargaining due to broader health sector considerations.

“In the several negotiating sessions we’ve had since February, we have made some progress on issues around union rights and job security,” says HEU secretary-business manager Chris Allnutt.

“While the employer came to the table with a package of concessions, the unions’ proposals focus on protecting and enhancing important elements in the collective agreement that address members’ concerns about their ability to provide quality health care in a climate of staff shortages and program management.”

When the parties return to the table, the PPBA hopes to continue negotiating in the spirit that has been evident to date with meaningful bargaining. Allnutt adds that the unions of the PPBA are continuing to work to finalize essential services levels in the event of job action in the health sector.

The Paramedical Professional Bargaining Association represents approximately 13,000 paramedical professionals in the Health Sciences Association, the BCGEU, CUPE, the Professional Employees’ Association and the Hospital Employees’ Union.