An Historic Tentative Agreement
In just over a week, UFCW 1518 healthcare members, and members of seven other BC unions, will have the chance to vote on an historic agreement that will make a big difference in every community health worker’s life. Thanks to the unwavering support of their fellow workers, the Community Bargaining Association (CBA) secured an agreement with the largest general wage increases that we’ve ever seen since the Association formed, and so much more!
Are you a community health member and want to know what you will earn if we ratify this agreement? Find out with the wage calculator!
All eight unions in the Community Bargaining Association —including UFCW 1518 — unanimously recommend ratification of this fantastic agreement. A few of the major improvements that ratification will introduce to the job, include:
- Average wage increases of 14% to 16% for each step of the wage grid over three years.
- A significant gain towards wage parity with those working under the Facilities Agreement in hospitals and care facilities, including the elimination of Step 1.
- A funding commitment from the government to ensure the long-term viability of the Joint Community Benefit Trust. (No cuts to benefits and an improved funding model!)
- Extension of the CRA vehicle allowance rate to all employees covered by the CBA.
- Guaranteed-hours positions for regular community health workers in windows of availability.
- Language that obliges the employer to tell you what a meeting with management is about, before the meeting happens.
- A variety of improvements to address chronic recruitment and retention issues in our sector.
- Occupational health & safety (OHS) — language was included to address aggressive behavior, violence prevention training, critical incident debriefing/defusing, ergonomics, and psychological safety and health.
- Premium increases for weekend and evening shifts.
- Expanded mobility rights for workers who want to move jobs within their health authority.
- An additional day of paid vacation for all regular employees.
- 50% of costs for employer-requested medical certificates to be paid by the employer.
- New overtime distribution language that includes seniority.
Read more about these highlights and other features of the agreement, in this compact, easy-to-understand review.
You can also view the full tentative agreement here.
Before voting begins, UFCW 1518’s Community Health bargaining representatives and union leaders want to provide members with as much information, in as many forms, as possible. We’ve set up three events for community health workers to attend, so you can ask questions and learn more. The first one is just for Shop Stewards. The other two are for all members. Please encourage each other to attend and to vote!
Thursday, January 26 @ 5 pm PST
Stewards, please check your emails for the zoom link. Join UFCW 1518 President Kim Novak and Secretary-Treasurer Patrick Johnson and other healthcare activists for an important discussion about your role in the ratification vote.
Telephone town hall:
Monday, January 30 @ 10:00 am—10:30 am PST & 5:00 pm—5:30 pm PST
Get on a call with your Community Health bargaining representatives, UFCW 1518 President Kim Novak and Secretary-Treasurer Patrick Johnson to learn more about the details of the tentative agreement and to ask questions. Participating in the Town Hall is as simple as answering your phone. We’ll call you at the specified time!
Zoom information sessions:
Tuesday, January 31—Thursday, February 2 @ 10:00 am—11:00 am PST & 5:00 pm—6:00 pm PST
Join a Zoom call with your bargaining representatives to get all the information you need to make an informed vote when it comes time to hit the online polls. Register for one of six zoom info sessions here.
Voting and More
Online voting will begin on February 1. We will send your voting credentials by email at 12 pm on February 1. If you do not receive your voting credentials at that time, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-800-661-3708.
If you know of any coworkers who are not receiving UFCW 1518 emails, please tell them to email email@example.com and provide their first name, last name, email, cell phone number, employee ID, and employer name.
Because the Community Bargaining Association comprises seven other unions, whose healthcare members also need to vote on this historic tentative agreement, we won’t be able to provide the results of the vote until March 1.
If you are a community health member, encourage your coworkers to attend the UFCW 1518 Telephone Town Hall and Zoom Sessions – to make your ratification vote really count, everyone needs to get involved.
Thank you again to our members for your resolve, passion and unrelenting support. You made it clear to the CBA what you needed out of this agreement, and you stood behind your demands. Now, thousands of BC workers have an equitable agreement that will support them while they support British Columbians.