August 28, 2012

Workers in community health sector to take strike vote

BURNABY—Talks to renew the Community Subsector Collective agreement have adjourned and the unions will be conducting a strike vote.

“We are seeking a fair and reasonable deal,” said Pat Taylor, a CUPE member who sits on the multi-union bargaining committee. “Workers in community health have not had a pay increase since 2009 and our members cannot continue to keep falling behind.”

June 19, 2012

Bargaining Update: Community Health

Community Health talks adjourn for three weeks after tabling monetary proposals

VANCOUVER—Three weeks of negotiations for the renewal of the Community Health collective agreement covering 14,000 health care and administrative workers in the Community Health sub-sector concluded on Saturday, June 16 in Vancouver. Talks are scheduled to resume on July 9, 2012 for one week.

June 19, 2012

Bargaining Update: Health Science Professionals

Contract talks covering BC’s modern health care professionals set to resume in August; work continues on classifications grievance

VANCOUVER—Bargaining discussions between the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association (HSPBA) and Health Employers’ Association of BC (HEABC) for a new collective agreement for BC’s health science professionals will resume at the end of August.

March 20, 2012

CUPE Community Health website launched

BURNABY—CUPE community health workers in B.C. have launched new a website to help keep members informed during bargaining. 

Members will find bargaining updates here as well as information about their current collective agreement and useful links to other websites.

The address for the new site is:



February 24, 2012

Health science professionals open contract negotiations February 27

VANCOUVER—Health science professionals are scheduled to begin negotiations for a new collective agreement next week.

February 23, 2012

Third week of community health bargaining

Unions seek agreement on health and safety and scheduling

BURNABY—The third week of Community Health bargaining ended last week after three days of meetings between the Community Bargaining Association (CBA) and the Health Employers Association of BC. 

The CBA tabled proposals on occupational health and safety, which included specific proposals on aggressive behaviour, investigation of accidents and working alone or in isolation and communicable diseases.

February 14, 2012

Community Health negotiations slowed by employers’ lack of preparation

BURNABY—Unions in the Community Bargaining Association (CBA) are disappointed by the pace of talks so far with the Health Employers Association of BC (HEABC) after a second week of negotiations in Vancouver.

The CBA has tabled housekeeping proposals, language on bullying and harassment, live-in and overnight shifts as well as proposals to renew many of the existing Memorandum of Agreements without changes. However, HEABC has yet to table any proposals or to respond to the majority of what the CBA has presented.

January 31, 2012

Workers in Community Health begin tabling bargaining proposals

CUPE Health Care Workers began bargaining last week, joined by over 13,000 workers employed in the Community Health sector. Talks commenced between the multi-union Community Bargaining Association (CBA) and the Health Employers’ Association of B.C. (HEABC) on January 23 with the exchange of opening remarks and the initial tabling of proposals.  

January 24, 2012

Community Health Services and Support – Members begin negotiations

BURNABY—Representatives of CUPE’s Community Health Services and Support members are set to begin talks with the employer this week.

Delegates to a bargaining convention in October put wages and benefits at the top of the priority list.

October 21, 2011

CUPE hosts provincial healthcare bargaining convention

RICHMOND—Members of local 15, 1978, 3495 and 4816 came together October 14 to discuss current issues in the healthcare field and identify CUPE's bargaining priorities for the upcoming round of negotiations. 

The morning started with a welcome from CUPE BC secretary-treasurer Mark Hancock. Guest speaker Mike Farnworth, MLA for Port Coquitlam and the Opposition Health Critic, followed by speaking about healthcare in B.C. and the direction it is going.