Tentative Five Year Agreement Going to BCNU Members for Ratification
The BC Nurses’ Union has reached a tentative five year collective agreement with the Health Employers of BC (HEABC).
Over the course of the next month, BCNU will be presenting the details of the agreement to over 40,000 LPN, RN and RPN members at local meetings for discussion.
BCNU President Gayle Duteil says the proposed new agreement will improve conditions for nurses and their patients, making it easier to deliver safe care right across the province.
“I can share what I believe are some of its most positive impacts, should nurses choose to ratify it. First, this is a comprehensive agreement that improves the benefits, compensation package and working conditions of nurses across BC,” says Duteil.
“Secondly, it addresses major issues of staffing and workload that directly impact the safety of patient care. That’s a key factor for us, because for a long time now, we’ve been speaking out about shortages and the failure to replace and educate the necessary nurses as needed.”
Duteil adds the agreement will also greatly advance the nursing profession by giving nurses a stronger voice in the shaping of health care policy and delivery.
“I know I have my work cut out for me over the next month, but it’s been a long time coming and I’m excited to begin sharing it with nurses who’ve shown so much patience and unity these past two years.”
BCNU’s governing council and bargaining committee will be recommending the agreement to members before nurses vote on the package. Results will be available after May 10.