HEU health science professionals to vote on tentative agreement in January

Union’s Provincial Executive recommends ratification of the proposed three-year contract.

The Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association (HSPBA) – which includes about 35 HEU members – recently reached a tentative agreement with the Health Employers Association of BC.

The three-year tentative contract, which would be in effect from April 1, 2019 to March 31, 2022, is in line with the government’s public sector negotiating mandate of six per cent in general wage increases over the course of the contract, or two per cent per year.

HEU’s Provincial Executive has reviewed the terms of the proposed contract and recommends HEU members, covered by the agreement, vote “yes” in ratification votes being held later in January.

When the multi-union bargaining committee met to review demands submitted by members, they identified key priorities: competitive wages, modernized classification system, recognition on multidisciplinary teams, and strategies to address workload.

This tentative agreement meets those objectives. Please see attachment for contract details.

In addition to the general wage increases in the tentative contract, members will also get a one per cent general wage increase and 0.75 per cent Economic Stability Dividend on February 1, 2019 as part of the current contract, which expires on March 31, 2019.

Other highlights include improvements to on-call/call-back premiums, a new Working Group on Workload, and a $10 million fund to address classification and compensation inequities.

This month, HEU will be holding conference calls to review the tentative agreement with members and answer questions. An electronic voting process will take place after that. More details to follow.

The multi-union HSPBA, led by the Health Sciences Association, includes HEU, BCGEU, CUPE and PEA.