Facilities bargaining continues through weekend

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Negotiations for a collective agreement covering 47,000 health care workers are scheduled to continue this weekend.

The multi-union Facilities Bargaining Association and the Health Employers Association of B.C. are working through a number of key issues raised in union proposals tabled last week.

FBA spokesperson Bonnie Pearson says that with the current agreement expiring in little more than a week, the next few days at the bargaining table will be critical.

“Our bargaining committee is working hard to resolve a number of outstanding issues with health employers,” says Pearson, who is also secretary-business manager of the Hospital Employees’ Union.

“Negotiations continue to be difficult but we remain committed to our objective of reaching a negotiated settlement that addresses members' priorities."

Further updates will be posted to www.heu.org and emailed to members as they become available.

The FBA is an 11-union bargaining group led by HEU and representing a wide range of health care workers in hospitals, residential care facilities, diagnostic treatment centres, the provincial ambulance service, emergency health services, and a number of health shared services such as stores and supplies.

Other unions in the FBA include CUPE Local 873, BCGEU, IUOE Local 882 and PPWC Local 5.