Fall has arrived. It's a time of year that's full of possibilities and I'm excited about the opportunities that lie ahead for all BCNU members.
BCNU Council have rolled up our collective sleeves and we're busy leading a range of initiatives. The most important of these is the Nurses' Bargaining Association provincial contract implementation process.
Several working groups made up of NBA and health employer reps have been hard at work since the provincial collective agreement was ratified earlier this year. Implementation plans have been developed for many of the negotiated articles of agreement and we're now sharing this information at meetings and worksite visits in all BCNU regions through the fall.
Positive member engagement is at the heart of BCNU's new organizational priority, and ongoing member consultation is important at this stage of the contract implementation process.
These information meetings are an invaluable opportunity for me to get out and meet with you where you are and to listen to your concerns. If you're not able to attend a meeting we still want to hear from you. I encourage you to talk to your regional chair or a member of the provincial executive to share your perspective.
We've also launched confidential online surveys that give you the opportunity to provide direct feedback on important issues like NBA extended health benefits and workplace psychological health and safety. Please visit the BCNU member portal to participate today, and look out for more surveys in the months to come.
Nurses should also look for opportunities to share their experiences with members of the public so that British Columbians can appreciate the difficult working conditions so many of us face. This is especially true following the recent federal election.
Public health care is a top-of-mind issue for all Canadians. A minority government is an opportunity for MPs to work together with provinces to ensure that patients get access to the care they need.
Whether it's about addressing violence in health care, improving Indigenous health, investing in seniors' care, tackling the ongoing opioid crisis or creating a national drug plan, the federal government plays a central role in funding health care and providing policy leadership.
Nurses will be watching, and making sure Canadian's have a government that's committed to improving our public health-care system.
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