B.C. medical technicians take ‘net-zero’

Some fear new round of contracting out pending
By Gordon Sova
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 03/14/2011

A weak majority of the six unions who bargain as the Health Sciences Professionals’ Bargaining Assn. voted to ratify a two-year agreement with the Health Employers Assn. of British Columbia on March 2.

Following the British Columbia government’s fiscal mandate, it has no wage increase over the two years.

In order to achieve modest increases to benefits, the agreement trades off that accrual of vacation by one year. Some of these benefit increases include in vision care and paramedicals. Special leave for family illness has been reduced, but the plan has been made more flexible. Previously, the union asserts, it was difficult to access those hours.