Victoria – The Nurses’ Bargaining Association and the Health Employers’ Association of BC (HEABC) have reached a tentative five-year agreement consistent with the Province’s Economic Stability Mandate, Health Minister Terry Lake announced Tuesday.
“Over the past year, health employers have worked collaboratively with nurses to reach an agreement that both prioritizes patient needs and recognizes the value nurses provide to the health care system,” said Lake. “I would like to thank the parties for their hard work to get to this stage.”
The tentative five-year agreement covers nearly 42,000 registered, psychiatric, and licensed practical nurses working across the health sector throughout the province.
The Nurses’ Bargaining Association is comprised of several member-unions including the BC Nurses’ Union, Health Sciences Association and Hospital Employees’ Union.
Government’s Economic Stability Mandate provides public sector employers with the ability to negotiate longer-term agreements within a fixed fiscal envelope and offers employees an opportunity to participate in the Province’s economic growth. Settlements are expected to be unique between sectors and reflect government’s priorities of having labour stability, affordable service delivery and a balanced budget.
Over the coming weeks, the Nurses’ Bargaining Association and HEABC will work toward ratifying this agreement with their respective members.
Following ratification, the parties will continue to build on ongoing collaborative efforts to implement strategic improvements to the health care system that improve care for patients and better support staff, including nurses.
Details of the agreement will be available once the ratification process is complete.
- Currently, there are more than 250,000 public-sector employees covered by ratified agreements negotiated under the Economic Stability Mandate. This represents over 80% of all unionized employees in B.C.
- The 2014 Economic Stability Mandate applies to all public-sector employers whose collective agreements expired on or after Dec. 31, 2013.
- The Economic Stability Dividend (ESD) is a component of the 2014 Economic Stability Mandate that allows for additional general wage increases based on B.C.’s economic performance.
- The ESD is calculated by comparing Statistics Canada actual real GDP growth for B.C. in a year with the Province’s independent Economic Forecast Council projection published the prior year. The wage increase is calculated based on 50% of the positive difference between the two figures.
- In fall, 2015, Statistics Canada released data that shows the B.C. economy grew by 3.2% in 2014, exceeding the independent Economic Forecast Council’s projection of 2.3%.
- The public sector workers covered by agreements settled under the 2014 Economic Stability Mandate received a modest additional general wage increase of 0.45% in 2016 as a result of the Economic Stability Dividend.
Updated bargaining information is available at: www.fin.gov.bc.ca/psec/bargaining/2014%20Bargaining%20Status.pdf