FBA tables proposal for a template transfer agreement with HEABC
Facilities Bargaining Association (FBA) has tabled a proposal for a template
agreement that will outline the terms of a transfer of service and protect the
rights of affected members at a recent meeting with the Health Employers
Association of BC (HEABC).
spokesperson Bonnie Pearson, who is assistant secretary-business manager of the
Hospital Employees’ Union (HEU), says that the unions have presented a
reasonable and comprehensive proposal.
our proposed template transfer agreement, the FBA has worked to ensure that our
members have stability and certainty while facilitating orderly transfers,” says
Pearson. “We’ve outlined to HEABC the mutual benefits to developing a clear and
consistent approach for transfer of service that will contribute to the quality
of work life.”
FBA successfully negotiated provisions in the 2010-2012 facilities subsector
collective agreement requiring transfer agreements and labour adjustment plans
where members are affected by a transfer of service, (Part 5: Job Security and
Expanded Opportunities Addendum).
FBA committee meeting with the employer on the template transfer agreement is
comprised of representatives from HEU, B.C. Government and Service Employees’ Union and International Union of Operating Engineers.
template transfer agreement will be used in a transfer of service between
health authorities, a transfer from an affiliate to a health authority, and a
transfer from a health authority to the Health Authority Shared Services
authorities in the Lower Mainland and HASSO have been the most involved in
transfers of service, an initiative commonly known as “Lower Mainland
Integration”. HEU members most immediately impacted by transfers of service
include those working in the following areas:
- Supply Chain – Replenishment and Distribution, Purchasing/Procurement, Inventory Control
- Information Technology (IT or IMIS)
- Accounts Payable/Accounts Receivable
- Diagnostic Imaging
- Capital Projects and Facilities (Plant Services)
- Health Records and Transcription
Under the collective agreement, employers must serve 90 days’ notice prior to any transfer of service. Employers must also consult with the FBA and the unions representing affected members.
The FBA and HEABC are scheduled to meet again on June 7.