Joint trades & maintenance project focuses on training, manuals, and work opportunities

The joint trades & maintenance project of the multi-union Facilities Bargaining Association recently met to discuss how health employers can lower costs, increase productivity, and expand work opportunities for union members in trades and maintenance.

Previously, the joint committee used a survey to ask members for input on how the employer could better manage manuals, provide appropriate training, and purchase necessary supplies.

Attached is a joint statement from the unions and employers on that survey, and the related discussions on workplace improvements. Thanks to all who sent in their valuable advice.

The joint committee continues to explore:

  • projects currently performed by outside contractors where it could make sense to do the work in-house
  • multi-site float crews and other efficiencies
  • more customer services
  • and increased opportunities for workers