HEABC reaches Framework Agreement with Paramedical Professionals

(Vancouver, BC) – The Health Employers Association of British Columbia (HEABC) and the Paramedical Professional Bargaining Association (PPBA) have reached a Framework Agreement under which both parties will approach negotiations to renew a Collective Agreement.

The Framework Agreement for a two-year Collective Agreement establishes a net zero mandate with respect to total compensation. Within the continuation of the current bargaining process, it also allows for discussions on a limited number of issues important to employers and employees.

?In this agreement, the PPBA has agreed to a net zero increase in total compensation, in exchange for HEABC not pursuing any rollbacks in wages, benefits, or time off. This agreement allows British Columbians to receive the health care that they need without any disruptions to the system as a result of labour stoppage,? said Louise Simard, President and CEO of HEABC.

Bargaining will continue until the end of July. Any agreements reached by these parties will be recommended as amendments to the rolled-over Collective Agreement. The rolled-over Collective Agreement will be presented to members of HEABC and the PPBA for ratification.

?I believe this Framework Agreement will allow for employers and workers to move forward together in their efforts to achieve sustainable health care for British Columbians into the future,? added Simard.

The Health Employers Association of BC (HEABC) is the non-governmental member organization that acts as the accredited bargaining agent for approximately 330 employer organizations providing publicly-funded health care services to the people of BC.

The Paramedical Professional Collective Agreement expired on March 31, 2004 and covers approximately 13,000 health science professionals. Unions involved in the PPBA are the Health Sciences Association (HSA), BC Government and Service Employees? Union (BCGEU), Professional Employees? Association (PEA), Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) and the Hospital Employees? Union (HEU). Paramedical professionals are not paramedics, but include dieticians, occupational therapists, hospital pharmacists, physiotherapists, social workers and diagnostic professionals such as medical technologists and medical imaging professionals.