Facility strike vote results to be released Saturday at 11 a.m.

News release

The multi-union Facilities Bargaining  Association will release the results of province-wide strike votes on Saturday, November 3 at 11 a.m.

Hospital Employees' Union secretary-business manager Bonnie Pearson is the chief spokesperson for the FBA. She will be available for media interviews after the results are released.

Strike votes have been held over the last two weeks and will wrap up late Friday.

Negotiations with B.C.'s health employers for a new collective agreement began last February and cover 46,000 health care workers who mostly work in hospitals, long-term care homes and emergency health services.

The FBA is looking to secure a fair and reasonable settlement for its members.

The Health Employers Association of B.C. (HEABC) and government have demanded that individual health care workers take on additional benefit costs as a pre-condition of any increase.

The collective agreement represents workers in every area of health care delivery including direct patient and resident care, labs and other diagnostic services, pharmacies, health records, emergency health services, logistics and supply operations, patient admissions and OR scheduling, finance and payroll services, housekeeping, food services and trades and maintenance.

The Hospital Employees' Union represents the majority of union members impacted by the talks. BCGEU, BCNU, CUPE Local 873, IUOE Local 882-882H and several other unions represent the balance of members in the 11-union FBA.