The Facilities Bargaining Association (FBA), which represents approximately 42,000 people delivering health services throughout British Columbia, has ratified a new agreement under government’s Sustainable Services Negotiating Mandate.
The agreement between the FBA and the Health Employers Association of BC focuses on improving services for people and ensuring fair and affordable compensation. The FBA represents a wide-range of health-care employees including care aides, cleaners, lab assistants, trades workers, health records technicians, pharmacy technicians, people providing food services and nursing-unit assistants.
The agreement includes:
- a three-year term from April 1, 2019, to March 31, 2022;
- general wage increases of 2% per year;
- changes to improve staffing coverage during evenings, nights and weekends, and changes to reduce turnover in temporary postings; and
- collaborative working groups to address workload issues, develop a provincial framework for occupational health and safety, and recruitment and retention strategies that support diversity, equity and inclusion.
The Sustainable Services Negotiating Mandate supports government’s commitment to improve the services people count on, make life more affordable and invest in sustainable economic growth. The mandate is consistent with B.C.’s commitment to balanced budgets and sound fiscal management.
More than 198,000 public-sector employees are covered by tentative or ratified agreements reached under B.C.’s Sustainable Services Negotiating Mandate.
Public-sector bargaining in B.C.: gov.bc.ca/psecbargaining