USW Local 1-2017
Suite 100, 1777 3rd Avenue, Prince George, BC, V2L 3G7
Tel: 250.563.7771 | Toll-free: 1.800.565.3641 | Fax: 250.563.0274
Williams Lake Tel: 250.398.8248 | Toll-free: 1.888.398.8248 | Fax: 250.398.6218

USW Local 1-2017
Suite 100, 1777 3rd Avenue, Prince George, BC,
V2L 3G7

Phone Numbers
Prince George:
Tel: 250.563.7771
Toll-free: 1.800.565.3641 
Fax: 250.563.0274

Williams Lake:
Tel: 250.398.8248
Toll-free: 1.888.398.8248
Fax: 250.398.6218

E-mail:

USW Local 1-2017
Suite 100, 1777 3rd Avenue, Prince George, BC, V2L 3G7
Tel: 250.563.7771 | Toll-free: 1.800.565.3641 | Fax: 250.563.0274
Williams Lake Tel: 250.398.8248 | Toll-free: 1.888.398.8248 | Fax: 250.398.6218

USW Local 1-2017
Suite 100, 1777 3rd Avenue, Prince George, BC,
V2L 3G7

Phone Numbers
Prince George:
Tel: 250.563.7771
Toll-free: 1.800.565.3641 
Fax: 250.563.0274

Williams Lake:
Tel: 250.398.8248
Toll-free: 1.888.398.8248
Fax: 250.398.6218

E-mail:

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IHA Bargaining Update - September 28

Sep 28, 2022

Community Health (CBA)– Bargaining update

Brothers and Sisters,

 

For most of the last 2 weeks USW, along with 7 other constituent unions of the CBA, have been back at the bargaining table with the Health Employer’s Association of BC (HEABC) working towards a tentative agreement.  We had hoped to have good news about progress but, unfortunately, we are not satisfied with where negotiations stand at this time.

 

Your employer has resisted virtually all non-monetary proposals that would bridge the gap between us (CBA) and our colleagues who work in the Facilities sector. (FBA)  As an example, they have not had a plan to address recruitment and retention, and they have resisted many of our proposals and ideas to make improvements in this area.

 

The monetary offer does not address the 3 biggest disparaties in our agreement, in terms of wage rates, shift premiums and vacation.  The core monetary offer is less than what was offered to FBA.  We believe workers in FBA deserve every penny they have, we simply want equal pay, premiums and vacation for workers under the CBA.  The message we get from the employer is that they disagree.

 

They are also refusing to properly maintain the benefit trust that provides extended health, extended dental, and long term disability.  This trust was implemented to be a cost effective level of benefits for our workers, and it now requires an immediate, substantial deposit, along with increased ongoing contributions from the employer to avoid benefit reductions.  We have made this clear, however no additional monies have been offered, instead they expect CBA members to pay for maintaining the trust from the money we would otherwise use to increase other parts of the agreement, such as wage, premium and vacation increases.  Concessions in a sense.

 

Progress has not been what we hoped, however, there is some good news to report.  We have achieved language that:

 

Covers the distribution of overtime, hopefully bringing transparency and fairness to overtime opportunities.

Allows for full mobility with Health Authorities, however, these alone will not begin to address recruitment and retention.                                                                                                                   

 

Bottom line is they want to offer us a deal that would see us fall farther behind, at a time when health care workers have not only weathered a pandemic, but continue to face the opioid crisis, and chronic understaffing.

 

Your bargaining committee is committed to fighting back, to closing the gap, and to ensuring you get the deal you deserve.

In Solidarity

Jessica Garreau, on behalf of your Community Bargaining Association (CBA) Negotiating Committee