In British Columbia, CUPE represents more than 1,300 members in Community Health within the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association (HSPBA) and Community Bargaining Association (CBA).
Workers in the HSPBA are health science professionals—members of the modern health care team who deliver clinical, diagnostic and rehabilitation services in hospitals and communities throughout the province. The HSPBA is led by the Health Sciences Association (HSA), which has the majority of members in this bargaining association. The other constituent unions of the HSPBA are CUPE, BCGEU, HEU and PEA. CUPE has approximately 800 members among the 18,500 members in the HSPBA, or approximately 4.32 per cent of total HSPBA membership.
Workers in the CBA include licensed practical nurses as well as home support, clinical, administrative support, and mental health workers who ensure that our clients have the basic needs of life such as adequate housing, food, social recreation, employment, and connection to services that support their mental and physical health. The CBA is led by the BC Government and Service Employees Union (BCGEU), which has the majority of members in this bargaining association. The other constituent unions are CUPE, HEU, UFCW, HSA, USW, BCNU and CLAC. CUPE has just over 500 members among the 16,000 members in the CBA, or approximately 3.20 per cent of the total CBA membership.
CUPE members are employed by Vancouver Coastal Health (CUPE Local 15), Vancouver Island Health Authority (CUPE Local 1978), Canadian Mental Health Association – Port Alberni (CUPE Local 3403-01), Positive Living BC (CUPE Local 3495) and Fraser Health Authority (CUPE Local 4816). They work from a variety of primarily community-based worksites, including community health centres, transition houses and health protection offices in Metro Vancouver and on Vancouver Island.
Health Care Presidents Council (HCPC)
The CUPE HCPC is represented by presidents and delegates from CUPE Locals 15, 1978, 3403-01, 3495 and 4816. Each of these Locals represents members within the two provincial Community Health collective agreements in B.C.: the Community Bargaining Association (CBA) and the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association (HSPBA). Combined, these CUPE Locals represent just over 500 members in the CBA and approximately 800 HSPBA members.
The HCPC meets quarterly and is tasked with supporting CUPE HSPBA and CBA collective bargaining, contract enforcement, furthering common objectives faced by CUPE members in these bargaining associations and promoting and defending our system of publicly-funded and publicly-delivered health care.