About Us

Welcome to CUPE 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 Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association (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 1,200 members among the 19,500 members in the HSPBA, or approximately 6.2 per cent of total HSPBA membership.  In British Columbia, CUPE represents more than 3,000 members  within the (HSPBA, NBA) 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 approximately 1,800 members among the 17,000 members in the CBA, or approximately 10 per cent of the total CBA membership.

CUPE represents Licensed Practical Nurses at the PHS Community Service Society that provide care for residents, community clinic participants and work in safe supply and supervised consumptions sites.

CUPE members are employed by Vancouver Coastal Health (CUPE Local 15), PHS Community Services Society (CUPE Local 5536), 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, NBA 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.

For more information about the work our members do, see the videos on how CUPE Health workers are building caring communities and meeting the challenges where they live.

Health Care Presidents Council (HCPC)

The CUPE HCPC is represented by presidents and delegates from CUPE Locals 15, 5536, 1978, 3403-01, and 4816.  Each of these Locals represents members within three provincial health collective agreements in B.C.: the Community Health Bargaining Association (CBA), Nurses Bargaining Association and the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association (HSPBA). Combined, these CUPE Locals represent just over 1,800 members in the CBA and approximately 1,200 HSPBA members.

The HCPC meets quarterly and is tasked with supporting CUPE HSPBA, NBA 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 Health member hub for resources and archived news.  We also have social media accounts to provide you with regular updates from the HSPBA, NBA and CBA.  Follow us on Facebook.