CUPE members are employed by Vancouver Coastal Health (CUPE Local 15), Portland Hotel Society (CUPE Local 1004), Vancouver Island Health Authority (CUPE Local 1978), Canadian Mental Health Association – Port Alberni (CUPE Local 3403-01) and Fraser Health Authority (CUPE Local 4816). They work from a large number of predominantly urban construction sites, including municipal health centres, transition centres and health protection offices in Metro Vancouver and Vancouver Island. The health researchers` collective agreement is negotiated between employers and the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association (HSPBA). It has more than 16,000 members of the HSA as well as members of the Employees Union Hospital (HEU), the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), the Professional Association of Employees (PEA) and the BC Government Employees Union (BCGEU). Members and directors should be aware that this proposed collective agreement may contain errors and omissions that will be corrected in the coming months when the agreement is concluded and printed. Once the printed version is completed, employers are responsible for distributing the registers to employees covered by the HSPBA. HSPBA staff are a health researcher — members of the modern health team that provide clinical, diagnostic and rehabilitation services in hospitals and communities across the province. The HSPBA is run by the Association of Health Sciences (HSA), which has the majority of its members. The other constituent associations of the HSPBA are CUPE, BCGEU, HEU and PEA. CUPE has about 1,000 members among the 19,500 members of the HSPBA, or about 4.32 percent of HSPBA`s total membership. In British Columbia, CUPE represents more than 2,200 Community Health members in the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association (HSPBA) and the Community Health Bargaining Association (CBA).
CBA employees include home help, clinical, administrative assistance and psychiatric staff that ensure that our clients have basic life needs, such as decent housing, food, social rest, employment and the link with services that support their mental and physical health. The CBA is run by the BC Government and Service Employees Union (BCGEU), which has the majority of the association`s membership. The other constituent unions are CUPE, HEU, UFCW, HSA, ETC, BCNU and CLAC. CUPE has just over 1,200 members among the CBA`s 17,000 members, or about 7 per cent of the CBA`s total membership. Please provide your contact information to your LOCAL CUPE for updates on your collective agreement and union. We also advise you to familiarize yourself with this website which is your CUPE Health Community Hub for archived resources and messages. We also have social media accounts to provide you with regular updates from HSPBA and CBA. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram @CUPECommunityHealthBC.
The HCPC meets quarterly and is tasked with supporting cupE HSPBA and CBA collective bargaining, promoting treaty implementation, promoting common goals faced by CUPE members in these bargaining associations, and promoting and defending our publicly funded health care system. Within the HSPBA and the CBA, CUPE negotiates improvements to your collective agreement as part of a trade union confederation. CUPE`s negotiating strategy at these tables is to make profits that reflect the priorities of our members, to defend free collective bargaining, and to refuse and make concessions and two-pronged contractual clauses.