Health employers stall at Facilities table
Facilities negotiations resumed on Wednesday, but after three days there has been absolutely no progress on any outstanding issues.
The multi-union Facilities Bargaining Association negotiating committee, however, has challenged health employers to respond to the FBA’s bargaining priorities over the weekend.
“It’s very disappointing that after eight months, health employers and government continue to hold back this set of negotiations,” says FBA spokesperson Bonnie Pearson, who is also secretary-business manager of the Hospital Employees’ Union.
The negotiations are for a collective agreement that covers a diverse health care team that includes workers in hospitals, nursing homes and diagnostic treatment centres as well as emergency health services and shared services such as logistics and supply operations.
About 46,000 workers in more than 270 job classifications are impacted by the talks, making it the largest single set of negotiations in the current round of public sector collective bargaining.