VANCOUVER, Feb. 18, 2013 /CNW/ - Workers in Community Health have voted
86 per cent in favour of a two-year contract that provides an across
the board wage increase, and improved workplace and scheduling
The agreement comes after one year of difficult negotiations with the
Health Employers' Association of BC (HEABC). Ratification votes were
held across the province over the past four weeks. Highlights include:
3% wage increase for all employees (2% upon ratification and 1% April 1,
Improved scheduling provisions
Improved grievance arbitration language
Respectful workplace provisions
Elimination of a double probationary period for casuals
Protection for casuals in the event of retendering
"It's clear from the vote that our members working in Community Health
support the recommendations of the bargaining committee," says BCGEU
President Darryl Walker. "The bargaining committee was committed to
addressing the priorities that members established prior to bargaining.
They made some difficult choices and members agree that under the
circumstances this is a fair and reasonable agreement."
The Community Bargaining Association (CBA) represents more than 14,000
members, the majority of whom are represented by the BCGEU. Other
unions at the table include UFCW, HEU, CUPE, HSA, and USWA.
SOURCE: B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union
For further information:
Holly Reid, BCGEU Communications, 604-785-0124, firstname.lastname@example.org