VANCOUVER, Nov. 19, 2012 /CNW/ - Health science professionals have
delivered a resounding 90 per cent strike vote to back their bargaining
committee in negotiations with BC's health employers.
"This strong vote sends a clear message to government and health
authorities that it's time to come to the table and negotiate a fair
and reasonable collective agreement," said Reid Johnson, President of
the Health Sciences Association of BC, the union that represents the
majority of the 17,000 health science professionals in the Health
Science Professionals Bargaining Association (HSPBA) who have been
without a contract since March. Other unions in the bargaining
association are BCGEU, CUPE, PEA, and HEU.
"We have been at the bargaining table working to negotiate a new
collective agreement. Talks broke down October 31. After seven months,
the government and health authorities have nothing to offer. They have
not responded to a wage demand, they refuse to respond to repeated
requests for costing on budget-saving measures, and they have not dealt
with important issues that matter to patients and the modern health
care team we all count on for our good health," Johnson said.
"Health science professionals are the highly skilled members of the
modern health care team who provide specialized care. Without playing
their part in the diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of patients
in all aspects of care, the health care system could not function," he
"We know, our members know, and patients know that without members of
the modern health care team, the wait for diagnostics, treatment, and
rehabilitation grows. Our bargaining team has proposed reasonable
improvements that that will help keep these highly specialized health
science professionals from going to other provinces to work," he said.
HSPBA Chief Negotiator Jeanne Meyers said the strike vote delivers a
strong message to government and health authorities that it's time to
negotiate under the government-imposed "cooperative gains" mandate, not
hide behind that mandate.
"We've seen other employers able to work within the government mandate,
and reach agreements that provide fair and reasonable settlements in
the public sector. Health science professionals deserve no less," she
SOURCE: Health Sciences Association of British Columbia
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