Community health bargaining off to a slow start

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Bargaining Bulletins

Unions in the Community Bargaining Association (CBA) are disappointed by the pace of talks so far with the Health Employers Association of BC (HEABC) after a second week of negotiations in Vancouver.

The CBA has tabled housekeeping proposals, language on bullying and harassment, live-in and overnight shifts as well as proposals to renew many of the existing Memorandum of Agreements without changes. However, HEABC has yet to table any proposals or to respond to the majority of what the CBA has presented.

Led by the BC Government and Service Employees’ Union, the CBA represents about 14,000 health care workers – including members of HEU, UFCW, CUPE, HSA and USWA – in a sector that provides services and support to clients with addictions and mental health issues, senior citizens and people with disabilities.

Bargaining talks are scheduled to resume on February 14 with dates set throughout the month of March. Their current collective agreement expires on March 31, 2012.