On May 11th, 2016 – 85% of the BCNU membership ratified the new 5-year collective agreement. The agreement reflects the members continued commitment to improving both patient care and the status, training, and wellbeing of healthcare professionals. A few highlights are included below:
- $2 million allocated for recruitment (emphasizing specific areas experiencing nursing shortages).
- 5.5% wage increase.
- 850 new specialty training seats added each year.
- 2 new Nursing Policy Secretariat positions added.
- Expedited grievance process developed.
- $2 million allocated for violence prevention training and initiatives.
- Increase in prescription benefits.
- Extended parent & family leave benefits.
- Improved protection & job security involving shift work requirements.
We want to congratulate the BCNU and membership on a successful round of talks. Additional information regarding the BCNU collective agreement is also available in the images and attached PDF (with hyperlinks) below: