HSPBA UPDATE: Bargaining for health science professionals resumes this week

In a short bargaining session at the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association bargaining table last week, the union bargaining association tabled anti-bullying language to address issues in the workplace.

The unions presented language that helps improve personal safety for health science professionals at work.

The pace at the bargaining table has been very slow. There has been only a limited exchange of specific language on the substantive issues.

However, your union has worked hard at negotiating and setting essential service levels in the event of job action at all CUPE work sites.

The Health Science Professionals collective agreement expires Saturday, March 31. The terms and conditions of the existing contract will remain in place until such time as a new collective agreement is achieved. Bargaining is scheduled to continue this week and through next week.

HSPBA’s objectives for this round of bargaining, presented at the bargaining table in February, are:

• To optimize the quality of patient and client care
• To properly value the work of health science professionals on the modern health care team
• To end the reliance on employees’ subsidization of optimal delivery of care, and
• To regain and maintain the competitive edge needed to attract and retain the best and brightest 

CUPE represents approximately 500 members in the HSPBA which has over 17,000 members, the majority of whom are represented by the HSA.  Other Unions at the table are BCGEU, PEA and HEU