The new three-year collective agreement is the first stand-alone and conventional contract for BC paramedics and distributors since 2004. It includes general wage increases of 2.0 per cent per year, hundreds of new regular medical jobs across the province, and a series of new health and safety initiatives. It also ensures compliance with the new requirements of the Employment Act by the end of March 2022. The new agreement will be applied retroactively to April 1, 2019, and many changes will be implemented immediately or in the coming months. The agreement includes: a three-year term (from 1 April 2019 to 31 April 2019). March 2022; general wage increases of 2 per cent over the three-year period; and negotiated language, which supports a major transformation of the rescue model, with the transformation of guard and guard posts into new permanent ambulance jobs in small municipalities and other changes that help improve service delivery. „We`re going to do a community-by-community analysis; This process will take a few months,“ Morris said. Once the assessment is complete, we must also comply with the collective agreement for proper notification of new positions for which our employees can apply. We look forward to the positive changes for our employees and the communities in which they work that will accompany this new agreement over the next three years. „This new collective agreement involves perhaps the most significant changes our jobs have ever seen in a single phase of bargaining,“ says Cameron Eby, President of CUPE 873 (Ambulance Paramedics of B.C.). „This new collective agreement introduces perhaps the most significant changes our workplace has ever seen in a single phase of negotiations,“ said Cameron Eby, President of Ambulance Paramedics of BC, CUPE 873, „We are now on the verge of creating regular medical and family support jobs in every commune in BC, while ensuring reliable emergency care for our patients. Powell River Unit Chief Terry Dyer referred the peak to Sarah Morris, Media Relations, BC Emergency Health Services. Morris said the new collective agreement marks a great provincial advance in the service model, and it will take time to implement the changes. It also ensures compliance with the new requirements of the Employment Act by the end of March 2022.
The new agreement will be applied retroactively from April 1, with many changes to be implemented immediately or in the coming months, according to the union. APADBA believes that this agreement constitutes the positive relationship between the parties at the negotiating table and provides a solid basis from which continued growth will ensure the future of medical services in BC. Regarding BCEHS` current resources in Powell River, Morris said: There are two ambulances (and an additional vehicle if needed) and 16 paramedics consisting of four full-time positions and 12 part-time positions. In seven months at the bargaining table, the parties have agreed on more than 80 proposals – a figure, according to Eby, which represents considerable progress in modernizing the collective agreement. . . .