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CSRT Letter of Support

February 7, 2019
Val Avery,
Health Sciences Association
180 East Columbia Street,
New Westminster, BC
V3L 0G7

RE: Proposed profile-based classification system for HSBPA

Dear Ms. Avery,
The Canadian Society of Respiratory Therapists (CSRT) is the national professional association
representing respiratory therapists across Canada and is responsible for providing the
Registered Respiratory Therapist credential in British Columbia. The CSRT has recently been
made aware of the concerns being voiced by many respiratory therapists in British Columbia
regarding a proposed profile-based classification system for a new Health Sciences Professional
Bargaining Association (HSPBA) collective agreement.

As is outlined in the December 2018 memorandum of agreement between the Health
Employers Association of BC and the HSPBA, development and implementation of the proposed
profile-based classification system is underway. In response, BC respiratory therapists are
raising concern that the proposed classification system does not fairly or adequately consider
the contributions they make to the care of patients and families, and to the healthcare system.
In particular, respiratory therapists indicate that there is a lack of sensitivity of the proposed
classification system to important and highly relevant qualitative measures of practice, such as
recognition of role and responsibility.

The professional practice of respiratory therapists encompasses a wide range of competencies
that have significant impact on the health and quality of life of patients. The National
Competency Framework for Canadian respiratory therapists represents the required
competencies an entry-level respiratory therapist is expected to be able to perform in the
workplace. As you will see, these competencies span practice settings, patient demographics and level of acuity. The level of responsibility undertaken in the daily practice of respiratory
therapists in BC, as elsewhere in Canada, is impactful to even the most vulnerable.
Recognizing that an important goal of the proposed profile-based classification system is to
address exiting inequities, we implore you to incorporate measures that recognize and
incorporate these important aspects of professional practice and patient care.
On behalf of the CSRT, I would like to thank you in advance for your consideration of the serious
concerns outlined in this letter. Should you like to discuss this further please do not hesitate to
contact me directly.


Dr. Andrew West
Chief Executive Officer

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Climb the Wall with the BCSRT!

The BC Lung Association’s 18th Annual Climb the Wall event is coming up on February 24th.

This year, there is a new addition to the event: BC Lung Health Community Member category. Core to that community are Respiratory Therapists.

Come and join our RT team!
Click here to join the BC Society of Respiratory Therapists team.

Registration is FREE for RTs with the promo code lunghealth2019.

Climb the wall for Clean Air; raise awareness, be active, and promote a good cause.

When: Sunday, February 24th starting at about 8:30.
Where: The Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre Hotel, 1088 Burrard Street.
What: Climb 48 stories up to the top. The average climb is 10-15 minutes.

Come and enjoy a workout, brunch, and some unique Sunday morning fun!

Family members and children are welcome to come for free, enjoy brunch and cheerlead

For more information, visit:
To donate to our team, visit the BCSRT team page.

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Here is a bit of an update on the continued work by the BCSRT and RTLBC in regards to the proposed bargaining settlement being presented by HSA. To date, we have had two discussions with the lawyer focused around some of the options open to us in regards to reclassification. Specifically, we have discussed a section 12 complaint with the BC Labour Relations Board and/or the pursuit of different union representation. In addition, we are looking at article 11 of the HSPBA/HEABC provincial agreement. These discussions around our options will continue beyond the ratification vote and we will aim to have another conversation with the union in February with the assistance of the lawyer.

We had an opportunity to have some of the concerns around the vote raised with Val Avery (president HSA). Namely:

Why are there more voting dates being added at this late date? Is this as a result of poor turn-out provincially other than by those groups that are not in support of the proposal?

Answer: The Union had originally planned to only have polling stations located off of hospital sites so that members of the bargaining committee could be present to answer questions from the membership. It became clear that this was making it difficult for our members to make it out to vote, so we have added more options. We have no ability to know what the voter turn-out has been because of all of the mail-in packages that have been requested.

Were there more voting dates added because the union knows that the vote is not going the way they would like?

Answer: None of the voting ballot boxes are opened until Feb 2019, so we are unable to know how the vote is going.

We would encourage the RT’s in the province to continue to lobby with their local MLA’s. Please attend wherever possible union conventions and submit resolutions for consideration. We do not want to lose this momentum. HSA is definitely aware that we are unhappy with the proposed settlement and that we do not feel that we are being heard or recognized for the role that we play.

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