Welcome to CUPE Community Health
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 1,000 members among the 19,500 members in the HSPBA, or approximately 4.32 per cent of total HSPBA membership. In British Columbia, CUPE represents more than 2,200 members in Community Health within the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association (HSPBA) and Community Health Bargaining Association (CBA).
Workers in the CBA include 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 1,200 members among the 17,000 members in the CBA, or approximately 7 per cent of the total CBA membership.
CUPE members are employed by Vancouver Coastal Health (CUPE Local 15), Portland Hotel Society (CUPE Local 1004), Vancouver Island Health Authority (CUPE Local 1978), Canadian Mental Health Association – Port Alberni (CUPE Local 3403-01), 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.
Within the HSPBA and CBA, CUPE negotiates improvements to your collective agreement as part of an association of unions. CUPE’s bargaining strategy at these tables is to achieve gains reflective of our members’ priorities, to defend free collective bargaining, and to refuse and stand in opposition to concessions and two-tier contract provisions.
Health Care Presidents Council (HCPC)
The CUPE HCPC is represented by presidents and delegates from CUPE Locals 15, 1004, 1978, 3403-01, and 4816. Each of these Locals represents members within the two provincial Community Health collective agreements in B.C.: the Community Health Bargaining Association (CBA) and the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association (HSPBA). Combined, these CUPE Locals represent just over 1,200 members in the CBA and approximately 1000 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.
Please provide your contact information to your CUPE Local to receive updates related to your collective agreement and your union. We also encourage you to familiarize yourself with this website, which is your CUPE Community Health member hub for resources and archived news. We also have social media accounts to provide you with regular updates from the HSPBA and CBA. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram @CUPECommunityHealthBC.