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Facilities Bargaining Association/Government reach tentative deal

By Contributor
November 27th, 2012

A tentative two-year agreement has been reached with the Facilities Bargaining Association under government’s Cooperative Gains Mandate, Health Minister Margaret MacDiarmid announced today.

The agreement covers over 46,000 health-care workers in more than 270 different jobs across the health-care system including nursing, ambulance service, health records, trades, maintenance, housekeeping, payroll and more.

“By focusing on topics of common interest we have been able to reach an agreement that supports our valued front-line health-care workers, reflects our economic circumstances, and continues to put patient care first,” said MacDiarmid.

“This was a challenging round of negotiations and I would like to thank the parties for their hard work.”

The two-year agreement provides for modest improvements to compensation, totalling three per cent over the life of the agreement, as well as job security provisions for workers.

Under cooperative gains, employees will now have eligible drugs covered under PharmaCare, maintaining benefit coverage while contributing to savings.

“With this tentative agreement, more than one-third of unionized public-sector workers are covered by agreements reached under the Cooperative Gains Mandate,” said Finance Minister Michael de Jong.

“This tentative agreement meets the terms of the Cooperative Gains Mandate established at the outset of negotiations. It provides for modest improvements without adding costs for taxpayers and without sacrificing services to British Columbians.”

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