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Tentative agreement reached

B.C.s 13,000 workers covered by Community Health collective agreement have a tentative agreement for a new contract that includes pay increases, stronger employment security and contracting out protections, and measures to improve health and safety.

-This is a good, solid settlement that meets the priorities set by community health workers," says George Heyman, president of the B.C. Government and Service Employees Union, which is the largest union involved in the talks.

Proposed terms of settlement booklet now available

With contract ratification meetings being scheduled for next week, the week of March 27, HSA has produced a comprehensive Report to Members on the Proposed Terms of Settlement. The booklet is available for download here.

All members are encouraged to review the detailed summary of the proposed collective agreement. Booklets will also be available at the ratification vote meetings being held throughout the province.

Community health talks hit contracting out hurdle Tuesday night

Contract talks for community health workers went late into the night Tuesday, but negotiators for the multi-union community health bargaining association ran into a significant hurdle in our efforts to limit the number of jobs employers can contract out over the life of the agreement.

As a result, talks adjourned in an effort to give both sides the chance to come up with solutions to move negotiations closer to a settlement.

Employment security issues—including caps on contracting out—are a crucial issue for front-line workers.

Community health talks move closer to settlement

Negotiators for the multi-union community health bargaining association representing 13,000 workers say they are moving closer to achieving a tentative contract now that there's agreement with employers on important issues like wage-protected employees and superior benefits.

In addition, the Health Employers Association of B.C. has dropped some concession demands such as a longer work week and poor bumping language.

Region 2 members return Brian Isberg as Regional Director

HSA members in Region 2 have re-elected Brian Isberg, a laboratory technologist at Victoria General Hospital, as their representative on the union's Board of Directors.

Brian defeated Derrick Hoyt, a laboratory technologist at Royal Jubilee Hospital.

March 21: International Day for the Elimination of Racism

Ottawa (17 March 2006) - The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is one of Canada's most diverse unions.

This year, on March 21, the 40th International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, we are again urging our 340,000 members across the country to pause and reflect on how tolerance and racial harmony enrich our lives.

Link to NUPGE statement

Health science professionals urged to vote YES

After almost two months at the bargaining table, your HSA bargaining committee has achieved a tentative agreement for a four-year contract.

The HSA Board of Directors and your bargaining committee strongly recommend that you vote YES in favour of the contract, as it goes a long way toward addressing the key bargaining priorities identified by members.