Agreement in principle reached between the union and the Association of Health Employers

The Facilities Bargaining Association and the Health Employers Association of BC have reached a tentative agreement.

The union represents 60,000 hospital and long-term care workers across the province. They say the agreement gives workers more control over shift changes and rotations for better work-life balance.

They add that it also has more comprehensive health and safety protections.

Hospital Employees Union secretary and business manager Meena Brisard says the deal also covers cost-of-living wages.

“Protecting our members’ income from rising costs has been a key priority for our bargaining committee,” Brisard said. “This settlement provides inflation-sensitive wage increases and other compensation enhancements that will help retain skilled and experienced workers in health care and attract new workers to careers in our hospitals and nursing homes. care.

“We have secured major new investments in training and education and are committed to hiring thousands of new workers. This will provide our members with professional mobility, reduced workloads and more secure work, which is essential to address the staffing crisis we face today.

The agreement also allows for the return of more contract workers to the public sector.

The government says more details will be available in the coming weeks when the ratification process is complete.

Andrew B. Reiter