Tentative agreement reached in bargaining for nurses: HSABC

HSABC/NUPGE members to vote on agreement in the coming days. 

Vancouver (07 April 2016) — A tentative agreement was reached on April 5 between the Health Employers  Association of B.C and the Nurses' Bargaining Association.

Health Sciences Association of B.C. (HSABC/NUPGE) represents 1,000 registered psychiatric nurses covered by the agreement. The current collective agreement expired March 31, 2014. The new agreement covers April 1, 2014 to March 31, 2019.

HSABC/NUPGE members negotiate wage increases as well as process to deal with violence in the workplace

Highlights of the agreement include modest wage increases of 5.5 per cent over five years, plus eligibility for an Economic Stability Dividend to be paid if the province’s real gross domestic product exceeds the annual forecast. This language mirrors the increases negotiated in other public sector agreements since 2014.

Another feature of the tentative agreement include a framework to address workplace violence and psychological health and safety in the workplace.

Further details about the agreement will be provided to members in the days ahead, and all HSABC/NUPGE members who work as registered practical nurses will have an opportunity to vote on whether to accept or reject the proposed terms of the settlement. 

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The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is one of Canada's largest labour organizations with over 360,000 members. Our mission is to improve the lives of working families and to build a stronger Canada by ensuring our common wealth is used for the common good. NUPGE

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