At the meeting, the HCPC also approved Cindy Ashton, a member of the AEP, as a part-time backup of the EDMP representative, Benita Spindel, whom the Council had previously appointed for an additional year. The Presidents of the Health Services also approved changes to the agreement of the Protocol (including the reception of THE sector of CUPE 1004 PHS members), confirmed that the classification overhaul process was continuing and that the low-wage agreements concluded during the last round of negotiations will be implemented on 1 April 2021. The meetings, moderated by Chris Losito, CUPE`s Health Coordinator, were specifically designed for the two health collective agreements, along with CUPE, HSPBA and CBA. Members reviewed collective agreements and discussed the complex structure of the sector and relations with employers and HEABC. “Given the challenges that so many of our members faced during the pandemic, the timing really couldn`t be better. The involvement of these members in the CBA agreement demonstrates respect for their essential contributions to front-line health services. The new MOA does not apply to PHS workers who are in CUPE 1936, nor to CUPE 1004 nurses and paramedics. The collective agreements of CUPE 1936 and 1004 continue to apply to workers whose transition between the parties and the mediators is still ongoing. With membership in the municipal health sector, members of PHS CUPE 1004 will also be covered by the cupE Health Care Council(HCPC) representative roof, which is working on a coordinated approach to addressing common concerns for all CupE health workers. Through the HCPC, members benefit from coordinated collective bargaining, conferences on contract priorities, and educational and sectoral support opportunities.
Special Clinical Preparation – an additional $50 per month is provided to nurses working in specialized specialties that are difficult to fill (OR/PAR, ER, ICU/CCU). This incentive is proportional for part-time nurses. From 1 April 2018, there is a nine-step pay scale for nurses in BC: the Council of Public Health Presidents (HCPC) adopted an action plan on Tuesday (December 8th) that calls for more site visits, virtual meetings/webinars for the negotiation unit at each location, workshops on the Enhanced Disability Management Plan (EDMP), guidelines for workplace rights and the complaint process, and continued workload in this area. Employees with BScN preparation receive an additional $100/month. This is not available to casual workers. This incentive is also available for nurses who have a bachelor`s degree in psychology or a bachelor`s degree in health sciences (advanced psychiatric care), where this qualification is used as part of the performance of their normal nursing duties. VANCOUVER – An agreement between the PHS Community Services Corporation, The Health Employers Association of BC and CUPE 1004 will this week move approximately 600 cupe health services and PHS support staff from their local collective agreement to an existing contract in the municipal health sector – a step that, with wage protection or classification enhancements, should help restore dignity and respect to staff on the front that provide critical services to vulnerable populations. “This merger of our contract with the CBA agreement is an important development for our local. It represents significant benefits for our members at PHS,” said Andrew Ledger, President of CUPE 1004.