Unions in community health table benefit proposals

Bargaining bulletin
Bargaining Bulletins

The Community Bargaining Association (CBA) met again last week in Vancouver and exchanged and discussed proposals for three days with the Health Employers Association of British Columbia (HEABC). 

The CBA tabled proposals related to health and welfare benefits, including a proposal for a Short-Term Illness and Injury Plan. They also tabled proposals on job postings while the employer tabled their own proposals on the vehicle allowance and job postings. All non-monetary proposals have now been tabled by the CBA. 

The CBA reached agreement with HEABC that the trials presently going on with respect to the 8.5-hour window will continue through until May 4, 2012, which is the last day currently scheduled for bargaining. The continuation of the 8.5-hour trials will be reviewed during the week of April 23. 

Talks in community health will break for two weeks and are scheduled to resume in Vancouver for three weeks starting on April 16, 2012. 

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.