VANCOUVER, March 6, 2013 /CNW/ - Health science professionals have voted
83 per cent in favour of accepting a new contract that includes wage
increases totaling three per cent, and protects the wages of hospital
pharmacists who were threatened with wage rollbacks of up to 14 per
cent. The agreement was reached between the Health Science
Professionals Bargaining Association (HSPBA) and Health Employers'
Association of BC (HEABC.)
"Almost a year after the last contract expired, after two days of job
action in December, and the addition of veteran mediator Vince Ready to
help bring the parties together, health science professionals have
agreed to terms and conditions that will help continue to provide the
quality health care services British Columbians rely on," said Reid
Johnson, president of Health Sciences Association of BC (HSA). HSA
represents the majority of the province's 17,000 health science
professionals working in hospitals and communities across the province.
"In yet another very difficult bargaining climate, our priority was to
achieve fair and reasonable wages for the members of the modern health
care team, and to continue to provide the quality health care services
British Columbians rely on," said HSA President Reid Johnson.
"Our bargaining committee, led by chief negotiator Jeanne Meyers, has
worked hard to make important changes for members that will result in
improvements to the system," he said.
The agreement includes wage increases totaling three per cent, and makes
permanent a market adjustment of between 9 and 14% for pharmacists. It
also achieves fairness for all members of the modern health care team
by finally recognizing the work and commitment of the team of health
science professionals who are there - day or night - to perform the
life-saving services that keep British Columbians alive in medical
The agreement brings a return to a 37.5 hour work week for health
science professionals, includes a modified Pharmacare tie-in with full
implementation delayed to the end of August, and a joint process which
will realize savings in extended benefit coverage. Union members will
benefit from the return of a pay-direct at the pharmacy card instead of
the current system of reimbursement of payment for prescribed drugs.
Other unions in the Association are the BC Government and Service
Employees Union, Professional Employees Association, Canadian Union of
Public Employees and Hospital Employees' Union.
SOURCE: Health Sciences Association of British Columbia
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