Unions representing some 46,000 BC hospital workers were back at the negotiating table Tuesday April 3) for the first time in more than a week. Officials for the BC Health Services Division, the Hospital Employees Union report that negotiators “made good progress and considerably narrowed the issues that stand in the way” of a settlement.Talks continued today (Wednesday, April 4th).
Some gains made at the table are: an increase in staffing in long-term care, better training to deal with looming skill shortages, and ways to reduce injury rates.
Union officials say Tuesdays job actions were the impetus for getting the employer back to the table, so Thursdays planned walkouts and study sessions are still on.
See http://www.heu.org for more information.