'The bargaining association is satisfied that there is forward momentum in negotiations.'
Vancouver (1 Dec. 2010) - The Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association (HSPBA) continues to meet with the Health Employers Association of B.C. (HEABC) to negotiate a new collective agreement.
Two weeks ago, the union association served notice to the employer that a concessionary package is completely unacceptable to health science professionals.
Discussions have continued since and the unions are optimistic that HEABC and the government have received the message that the contribution of health science professionals delivering modern health care in the public health care system must not be discounted.
"Talks have been slow," says the Health Sciences Association of B.C. (HSABC/NUPGE), "but the bargaining association is satisfied that there is forward momentum in negotiations."
Bargaining continues this week.
The HSPBA represents 17,000 health science professionals working in B.C. hospitals and communities. They are members of HSABC, the B.C. Government and Service Employees’ Union (BCGEU/NUPGE), the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) and the Professional Employees Association (PEA).
The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is one of Canada's largest labour organizations with over 340,000 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