Hospital Employees Union ratifies three-year contract agreement

BURNABY, B.C. — British Columbia's nearly 44,000 members of the Hospital Employees Union have rated a three-year contract agreement.

The union says its members voted 89 per cent in favour of the deal that gives its members health, safety and compensation improvements, along with job security.

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Union secretary-business manager Jennifer Whiteside says the agreement restores contracting-out protections that were taken away by the former B.C. Liberal government in 2002.

Whiteside says in a news release that the agreement means health-care workers will be safer and their jobs will be more secure.

The union says the agreement gives workers a general wage increase of six per cent and entry-level wages will be raised by phasing out lower steps in the wage grid.

The contract covers a range of workers in hospitals, long-term care facilities, corporate offices, supply warehouses and health clinics.

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