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Health Scientists in BC Reach Contract Agreement with Province

VICTORIA – A preliminary contract agreement has been reached between the government of British Columbia and the union representing 22,000 health science professionals.

A statement from the Health Employers Association, which is negotiating on behalf of the government, says details have not yet been released, but the contract follows the terms of the province’s shared recovery mandate.

The mandate promises a salary increase of 25 cents per hour plus 3.24 percent in the first year, a salary increase of 5.5 percent in the second year and a two percent increase in the third year.

The Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association negotiates for a range of union positions, including medical technologists, lab workers, pharmacists, psychologists, social workers and physical therapists.

The Health Employers Association says details of the contract will be released after the ratification process for union members and healthcare employers is complete.

The latest agreement comes just days after preliminary agreements were announced with the union of public school teachers and provincial doctors, though both contracts have yet to be ratified.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on November 4, 2022.

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