October 19, 2012 at 2:37 PM
Facilities negotiations will continue Friday
Negotiations for a new Facilities collective agreement will resume Friday after health employers committed to provide a comprehensive response to union proposals.
The multi-union Facilities Bargaining Association had returned to the bargaining table a week ago with an expectation that health employers and government would be able and willing to respond to union bargaining priorities on a number of issues.
But based on its proposals tabled Wednesday, the last day of scheduled talks, employers had reiterated their previous bargaining positions.
The FBA bargaining committee urged employers to rethink their position and is prepared to hear from them on Friday.
Health employers are still demanding that union members take on hundreds of dollars in extra costs for their benefit plans.
FBA member unions will be asking their members for a strike mandate starting Monday.
Facilities negotiations began last February 8.
The collective agreement includes more than 270 job classifications working at hospitals, care homes, diagnostic treatment centres, emergency health services, logistics and supply operations and corporate services.
The Hospital Employees’ Union represents most union members impacted by the talks. BCGEU, BCNU, CUPE Local 873, IUOE Local 882-882H and several other unions represent the balance of members in the 12-union FBA.