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.