Health science professionals in B.C. submit comprehensive proposals but signs suggest talks grinding to a halt

“We tabled a comprehensive package of proposals for changes to the collective agreement that would address a number of issues affecting our members.” - Jeanne Meyers, HSPBA negotiator.

Vancouver (05 Sept. 2012) - In an effort to kick-start contract talks for health science professionals, this week the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association (HSPBA) tabled a comprehensive list of proposals – with the exception of a wage proposal.

“We made a valiant effort to move things along this week,” said HSBBA chief negotiator Jeanne Meyers. “We tabled a comprehensive package of proposals for changes to the collective agreement that would address a number of issues affecting our members.”

“We have been at this for months, and while we’ve had interesting discussions, the time has come to move talks along and get down to the business at hand – hard bargaining to get to a new contract,” she said.

“We are trying to move things along and Health Employer Association of B.C. (HEABC) appears to need to seek approval from somewhere higher up the chain of command every step of the way, which this week resulted in HEABC tabling a very limited set of proposals. The process has been made even more uncertain by yesterday’s resignation of the Minister of Finance, who sets the public sector bargaining mandate. With the continued uncertainty on the other side of the table, it’s becoming almost impossible to call the process we’re involved in real bargaining,” she said.

The parties are scheduled to return to the bargaining table September 11 and Meyers said the unions will be looking for signs that HEABC is ready to get serious about negotiating a new agreement.

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