HSPBA 2022-2025 Collective Agreement
For almost 20 years, provincial governments in BC worked deliberately to drive down wages for specialized health professionals in BC.
In many cases they succeeded, leaving health professionals earning some of the lowest wages relative to their colleagues across Canada. It was a misguided attempt to control health care costs; instead, it slowly undermined the health care system even before the pandemic created the current crisis of dire shortages and crushing workload.
With the tentative agreement just secured on behalf of all health science professionals, this begins to turn around.
- For the first time in decades, this proposed agreement provides significant pay increases, delivering members an increase of approximately 12 to 14% more, at the minimum, over three years.
- Cost of Living Adjustments are built in to protect pay against longer-term increases in inflation.
- Improvements to premiums for on-call, short-notice, super shifts and weekend shifts will put more money in many members’ pockets.
- A long-overdue update to the classification system provides more recognition of the complexity and scope of work, more opportunity for career advancement, and more respect.
- Specific provisions address the recruitment and retention crisis.
- Occupational health and safety changes address mental health under duress, unsafe workloads, infection control standards, access to personal protective equipment and prevention of violence in the workplace.
- Enhanced education leaves support professional development.
- A new focus on implementing recommendations to support the inclusion of Indigenous workers, patients and clients will work toward reconciliation and culturally-safe health care.
- Inclusion of communities that experience marginalization in the health care system is a major priority.
The Bargaining Committee and the HSA Board of Directors strongly recommend voting in favour of ratification of this tentative agreement. Voting details are below.
In the coming weeks, HSA will be conducting a series of telephone town halls, inviting all members to call in to listen to reports, hear questions from other members, and ask questions themselves. More information on that will be coming soon, and in the meantime, here are the details of the tentative agreement:
The Comprehensive Report contains the full Terms of Settlement — the proposed changes to the Collective Agreement — along with explanatory text. You can view (and download) the Comprehensive Report here.
To see how the proposed wage increases affect you, please visit our Wage Calculator.
This one-page document lists the highlights of the proposed agreement.
Frequently Asked Questions
We have an extensive FAQ that you can visit here. If you have a question that isn't answered in the FAQ, please ask it via email to info [at] hsabc.org.
Online voting will be open at 8:00 am PST on December 14 and close at 11:59 pm PST on December 21. Your voting credentials will be delivered to you in advance.
Members who have provided a personal email address before November 28 will receive their voting credentials by email on December 14. Members who have not provided an email address to HSA will be receiving their voting credentials by mail in the days leading up to December 14.
Any member who does not receive their voting credentials by this date, or misplaces them, can contact HSA to request a replacement anytime up to December 20.
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Did you get a phone call or postcard from HSA? We're contacting members to make sure we have your current personal email address to ensure you receive all the information about the tentative agreement. You can confirm or update your contact information with our online tool.
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