First contract for Miracle Valley in the works

Bargaining bulletin

Union wants to adopt Social Services contract, employer wants a sub-standard agreement

Negotiators for the Hospital Employees’ Union and the employer have been meeting since early March 2001 to hammer out a first collective agreement for the unionized employees at Salvation Army Miracle Valley Treatment Centre.

The union tabled the Social Services Standard Collective Agreement. This agreement covers facilities comparable to Miracle Valley — a drug and alcohol treatment centre for men near Mission — which are also funded by the social services ministry. These facilities also employ similar workforces.

In response the employer proposed a modified form of an agreement in force at Harbour Light Centre, another Salvation Army facility unionized by a different union.

The union has been reviewing the employer’s proposals and begun counter-proposing.

Negotiators have met face-to-face for four days, and the union bargaining committee has spent three days in preparation and caucus work.

On July 16 the union bargaining committee will meet all day to prepare for a day of negotiations scheduled for July 18.

Your bargaining committee is:

  • Ian Marsh
  • Bob Taylor
  • Anne Burger, HEU representative