Dear HSP members,
BC’s 22,000 specialized health professionals working in hospitals and communities around the province reached a tentative agreement late Wednesday night after more than eight months of negotiations between the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association (HSPBA) and Health Employers Association of BC (HEABC).
Important features of the tentative agreement include:
- General wage increase that acknowledges the impact of the rising cost of living.
- Overhaul of an outdated job classification system to better recognize the complexity and scope of the work of HSPBA members on the specialized health care team.
- Provisions to address the recruitment and retention crisis.
- Addressing occupational health and safety issues ranging from workers’ mental health, unsafe workloads, improved infection control standards, access to personal protective equipment and violence prevention.
- Acting on recommendations from the In Plain Sight report on the experience of Indigenous workers, patients, and clients in the health care system to work toward reconciliation and culturally safe health care.
- Plotting a roadmap for improved inclusion within the health care workforce for communities that experience marginalization.
- Scheduling and leave provisions to improve work-life balance.
- Improvements to continuing education and recognition of professional status.
Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association (HSPBA), includes health science professionals represented by five unions: HSA, CUPE, BCGEU, PEA, and HEU. Health science professionals are critical members of the multidisciplinary health care team, providing specialized health care services in acute, rehabilitation, community, and long-term care settings. The many professions covered by the contract include respiratory and radiation therapists, lab and x-ray technologists, physiotherapists and occupational therapists, speech language pathologists and early childhood educators, social workers and health information management professionals.
Complete information about the tentative agreement will be provided to members across the province in the coming weeks, with dates for an online ratification vote to be determined.
Labour Relations Officer