The union that represents the majority of BC’s 60,000 hospital and long-term care workers says a tentative agreement has been reached with the Hospital Employers Association of BC after 65 days of contract negotiations.
The hospital workers’ union says the three-year deal includes “significant pay improvements” and “steps to address severe staff shortages and worker burnout”.
A statement from Meena Brisard, chief negotiator for the Facilities Bargaining Association, made up of nine unions, says protecting members’ incomes from rising costs of living was a priority during talks that began in February.
She says the tentative agreement reached Thursday also includes “major new investments” in training and education and a commitment to hire thousands of new workers.
Other provisions give workers a greater voice when it comes to changing shifts and rotations and provide more comprehensive health and safety protections.
The Hospital Employees Union says its provincial executive will review the terms of the tentative agreement next week and full details will be provided to members before they decide whether to accept it in a vote that will not hasn’t been programmed yet.
The union represents more than 90% of employees covered by the agreement in a range of jobs in hospitals, care homes, clinics, head offices and supply warehouses, working directly with patients as well as in support services.
The tentative agreement also includes provisions promoting greater inclusion and equity in health care, including steps to strengthen “progress toward reconciliation and the delivery of culturally safe health care,” the union statement said. .
– The Canadian Press
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