Community health services bargaining stalls; strike action planned November 7

“Over 14,000 community health and support workers have been waiting for a deal since January. This is simply not good enough; our members deserve a fair deal.” - Darryl Walker, BCGEU President.

Vancouver (05 Nov. 2012) - The Community Bargaining Association (CBA) in B.C. has reviewed the employer's latest offer and has determined that there is no reason to return to the bargaining table at this time.

The Health Employers Association of B.C. (HEABC) continues to hold the position that an increase in wages must be accompanied by an offset found within the collective agreement.

Given that there has been no change in the employer's position, the CBA has decided to action the strike mandate in order to make progress. Limited job action will commence on Wednesday, November 7 and will coincide with a rally in downtown Vancouver the same day.

“Nothing has changed since our last meeting with HEABC, so our next step is to commence job action,” says Darryl Walker, President of the B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU/NUPGE). “Over 14,000 community health and support workers have been waiting for a deal since January. This is simply not good enough; our members deserve a fair deal.”

The Community Bargaining Association represents more than 14,000 members, the majority of whom are represented by the BCGEU/NUPGE. Other unions at the table are the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), the Hospital Employees Union (HEU), the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), the Health Sciences Association of B.C. (HSABC/NUPGE), the United Steel Workers of America (USWA), the Christian Labour Association of Canada (CLAC) and the B.C. Nurses' Union (BCNU).

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