The Community Bargaining Association (CBA) and the Health Employers Association of British Columbia (HEABC) have reached a tentative deal on a new collective agreement.

“We’ve made meaningful gains in a number of key areas. We’re pleased with the tentative agreement and are confident that our members in community health will be as well,” said CUPE Health Coordinator Chris Losito.

“I’d like to thank the bargaining committee for its dedication to members. Next, we’ll engage the membership about the deal and provide a comprehensive report on it before a ratification vote in the coming weeks.”

The Community Bargaining Association represents roughly 16,000 employees working in community health around the province, the majority of whom are represented by the BCGEU. Along with CUPE, which has 528 members in the sector, the other CBA unions at the table are HEU, HSA, UFCW, USWA, CLAC and BCNU.

The tentative agreement has a three-year term and includes a general wage increase in each year. It also contains a low wage redress clause and stronger protections against contracting out.