Nurses covered by the Provincial Collective Agreement voted 85 percent in favour of accepting the contract negotiated by the Nurses' Bargaining Association, led by the BC Nurses' Union.
This new comprehensive five-year agreement improves benefits, compensation and working conditions for nurses. It addresses major issues of staffing and workload that directly impact the safety of patient care through an expedited grievance and arbitration process and a new Nurse Staffing Secretariat. Employers will need to be held to account in order to ensure that contract language aimed at reducing their inappropriate use of on-call, and inability to educate and hire adequate nursing staff, continues to be tackled in all worksites.
Candidates elected to the provincial bargaining committee (chosen by secret ballot), each representing a specific health care sector are:
C: 250-818-4862 (Acute Care with over 701 members) Michelle Grant C: 250-920-6034 (Community) Rachel Kimler C: 250-816-0865 (Acute Care with 201-700 members) Rhonda Croft C: 250-212-0530 (Community) Tracy Mailey-Baur C: 250-505-7534 (Acute Care with 200 or fewer members)
The elected candidates have been joined by LPN reps that originally were part of the BCNU Council and remain until bargaining concludes:
JJ. van Doorn C: 778-214-4798Jonathan Karmazinuk C: 604-312-0826Marlene Goertzen C: 778-874-9330
Also recently appointed as a LPN working in community:
Mary Jean Power C: 604-789-4978
President Gayle Duteil and Executive Director of Negotiations and Strategic Development, Gary Fane, lead this bargaining team. This entire group, along with designated union staff coordinators, make up the entire bargaining committee. They are tasked with negotiating a new collective agreement that best reflects the priorities of BCNU members.
This group is responsible for developing, implementing and coordinating local and province-wide job action strategies that will support negotiations and help achieve the union's bargaining goals. Members of this committee include:
Cam Ward (Acute Care)Deb Ducharme (BCNU Executive Councillor - Pensions)Jackie Drummond (Member-at-Large) Leanne Robertson-Weeds (Long Term Care)Linda Partington (Community) Mabel Tung (BCNU Treasurer)
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