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Day of Mourning, April 28, 2022

Each year on April 28 we gather to recognize and grieve the people who have suffered workplace-related illness, injury, or death. Every single working person deserves to return home safe at the end of the day to their family and loved ones, but for too many workers, this is still not the case.

CBA Bargaining Update: Progress on Non-Monetary Bargaining Issues

CBA Bargaining Update: Progress on Non-Monetary Bargaining Issues
 

The community health negotiations team met with the Health Employers’ Association of BC (HEABC) over the last two weeks to discuss key proposals related to mobility within health authorities and ways to make the collective agreement gender neutral and more inclusive for Indigenous and Transgender workers.
 
We are working to ensure that everyone sees themselves represented in the language of the collective agreement.
 

HSA Makes Recommendations to Pandemic Response Review

Union urges changes based on front line pandemic experience of members

In a submission to the BC government’s official review of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Health Sciences Association of BC has urged the BC government to consider a number of recommendations related to improve infection control measures, workplace safety and professional shortages.

HSPBA Bargaining Update – Union negotiators propose wage increases

The Health Science Professional Bargaining Association (HSPBA), in talks this week with the Health Employers’ Association of BC (HEABC), has proposed a wage increase for health science professionals that, if accepted, would begin to address the critical issues undermining pandemic response and public health care in BC: chronic shortages, the rising cost of living, and the wage gap with other provinces.
 
The proposal seeks a two year agreement with a wage increase of 5% -- or COLA (cost of living adjustment), whichever is greater – in each of the two years.
 

HSPBA Bargaining Update – Wage proposal on track to be tabled next week

As news emerged today of an impasse in public sector bargaining between the provincial government and its direct employees over wages, the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association (HSPBA) is preparing to table a wage proposal for health science professionals next week that addresses staff shortages, the rising cost of living, and closes the wage gap between BC and other provinces.

CSS Bargaining Update – Agreements Expire and Negotiations Continue

The Community Social Services bargaining committee is currently back at the table with the Community Social Services Employers’ Association (CSSEA) this week for scheduled negotiations until April 8th.
 
April 1st, 2022, marked the expiry of the collective agreements for the General Services, Indigenous Services and Community Living Services. The collective agreement is a negotiated contract that spells out your terms and conditions of your employment and your rights as a union member.
 

Amendments To BC Paid Sick Leave End Exclusion of Some Union Workers

Amendments to BC paid sick leave end exclusion of some union workers
 

Following a strong push by advocates for workers’ rights, including HSA, the BC government made changes to the Employment Standards Act effective Jan. 1, 2022 to provide five paid sick leave days for all working British Columbians.
 
A feature in the legislation, however, excluded some workers covered by collective agreements to the minimum entitlement.