A top priority for these RNs and RPNs is comparability with the Nurses’ Bargaining Association (NBA) Provincial Collective Agreement wage grid. The current wage gap restricts the employer’s ability to recruit and retain nurses, who deliver psychiatric health care services to children and youth in a variety of settings.
Local members of the bargaining committee are Christine Brisebois (Maples Adolescent Treatment Centre), Lola Backeland (Youth Forensic Psychiatric Services), Arvita Cotter (Burnaby Youth Custody Services), Lisa Isaac (Aboriginal Child and Youth Services, Vancouver Island) and Karen Edwards (Youth Forensic Psychiatric Services, Northern BC). Alternate members for the committee are Traci Houston and Larry Egan.
The bargaining is being led by BCNU Negotiator Laura Anderson and BCNU Special Projects Manager Garnet Zimmerman.
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Additional bargaining dates have been set for February 22, 28, and March 1, 2017.
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