Long-Service Pay Recognition

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Many members covered under the Nurses’ Bargaining Association (NBA) collective agreement who have reached 15-, 20-, 25- and 30-year milestones in their career are now eligible for long-service pay rates (also known as “Add Pay”) based on seniority date (regular employees) or seniority hours (casual employees).

If you are receiving Add Pay, please check your pay stub to ensure the pay rate is correct.

Next Steps

The following nurses who believe their full previous nursing experience has not been recognized can submit an application form to their employer requesting that their current Add Pay rate be amended to recognize both their experience and their seniority:

  • existing RNs/RPNs who initially joined the NBA as LPNs on or after the first full pay period following May 11, 2016; and,
  • all existing nurses (RNs/RPNs/LPNs) hired under the NBA provincial collective agreement who at the time of their hire did not have existing seniority and were deemed eligible by the employer for recognition of relevant nursing experience under Article 52 or Article 11.04(F)(2)(C).

Applications must be submitted by Feb. 29, 2024 and will not be considered after this date. Please reach out to your employer to request the form.

Additional Information

Employers have agreed to review applications that have already been denied. Employers will be reminding nurses of the deadline and providing links to the application forms. 

BCNU's Add Pay Denial Appeals form is available behind the BCNU Member Portal for those members whose applications have been denied or who disagree with their employer’s rationale for the denial and would like to appeal the decision.

If you have any questions about the long service pay increases in the NBA collective agreement, please contact your steward. 


I completed a Add Pay application and was told that I was not eligible because I was hired after Oct. 1, 2013. What happens now?
I don’t qualify for Add Pay yet, but I will soon. I am concerned all my previous nursing experience has not been recognized. What do I do?
Do we have language in the Nurses' Bargaining Association (NBA) Provincial Collective Agreement that recognizes previous experience?

UPDATED: February 06, 2024


Please refer to the following related member bulletins for further context:

Long-Service Pay Rates

Add Pay Table

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