Contracting-out protections restored, health and safety gains and new rights secured in tentative agreement
No concessions agreement includes a six per cent general wage increase, improvements to shift premiums, and expanded rights
On December 1, a tentative agreement covering 44,000 health care workers was reached between the multi-union Facilities Bargaining Association (FBA) and the Health Employers Association of BC (HEABC).
The three-year agreement includes general wage increases of six per cent, in line with other settlements reached with government employees, community health workers, nurses and health science professionals, under the provincial government’s current negotiating mandate for public sector employers.
The agreement includes new language and resources to tackle the high injury rates experienced by FBA members, and it provides workers with more job security protections in the face of health care restructuring – including a restoration of pre-2002 contracting-out protections.
The HEU Provincial Executive has reviewed the agreement and is recommending that members vote “yes” in ratification votes that are being scheduled for later in January.
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(Note: this document is more than 65 pages long.)
Tentative Agreement at a glance
- No concessions
- No contracting out
- 600,000+ new bargaining unit hours
- $8.5 million from government to start a new provincial health care OH&S organization
- $1 million for MSI prevention projects
- Increases to differentials and isolation allowance
FBA members have the highest rates of injury in the health care system – and health care has become one of the most dangerous occupations in the province. That’s why tackling occupational health and safety (OH&S) was a top priority in this round of bargaining.
New provisions deal directly with violence, mental health, workload and musculoskeletal injuries (MSI) to help keep health care workers safe.
Job Security, Stable Workplaces
This tentative agreement strengthens job security, stabilizes employment and protects as many employees as possible from job loss. It also includes significant protections for workers if they are displaced by restructuring.
- Pre-2002 contracting-out protections restored under this agreement. And there is no cap permitting employers to contract out a set number of FTEs.
- A process to discuss the feasibility of returning trades and maintenance work currently
Expanded Rights & Contract Enforcement
- Union representation
- Expanded access to stewards at multi-employer sites
- Special project vacancies
- Child care
- Overtime by seniority