Community sector unions vote 81 percent overall in favour of new collective agreement #98-45

Bargaining bulletin

HEU’s rejection strong as 76 per cent vote no due to lack of commitment to parity

The ratification votes for the community sector from all the unions in the multi-union bargaining association are in and the overall vote is 81 per cent in favour of the new collective agreement.

HEU members followed the recommendation of their Provincial Bargaining Committee and Provincial Executive with 76 per cent rejecting and only 24 per cent accepting the contract. The bargaining committee and the PE made the “no” recommendation because of the provincial government’s lack of a commitment to parity.

Secretary-business manager Chris Allnutt, while recognizing that there were significant gains contained in the agreement, said that HEU members needed a firm commitment from government on a full parity timetable. The province refused to give this commitment in the final stages of bargaining.

“A concrete pledge for full equality is an issue of justice and dignity for community caregivers and necessary to recognize their important contribution to health care,” Allnutt said. “The no vote returned by our membership signifies their strong agreement with this position.”

The CUPE component also voted no to the tune of 61 per cent. The yes votes cast tallied 87 per cent for the BCGEU, 87 per cent for the UFCW, and 98 per cent for HSA.