More than 21,000 workers in the eight-union Community Bargaining Association (CBA) – including about 2,300 HEU members – will receive a 6.75 per cent wage increase beginning April 1.
New recently released inflation figures confirm that the maximum wage protections in the CBA collective agreement will be triggered, and members will therefore receive the full 6.75 per cent wage increase, combining the 5.5 per cent general wage increase and the 1.25 per cent cost of living adjustment.
This brings the total general wage increases, for the first two years of the contract, to more than 10 per cent for most members, on top of 1.5 per cent in low wage redress, and the elimination of Step 1 on the pay grid.
The CBA bargaining committee is working with the Health Employers Association of BC (HEABC) to ensure members receive both the 2022 and 2023 wage increases as soon as possible, including retroactive pay.
The current three-year agreement – ratified in March 2023 – is retroactive to April 1, 2022 and covers workers in health authority-operated and contracted community health services, including home support, addiction and mental health services, and other community-based health programs.
To stay informed, members need to keep their contact information updated through the HEU website.