Bcnu Agreement 2019

Bcnu Agreement 2019

The BCNU Agreement 2019: What You Need to Know

The BCNU Agreement 2019, also known as the collective agreement between the British Columbia Nurses’ Union (BCNU) and the Health Employers Association of British Columbia (HEABC), was recently ratified. This agreement affects over 44,000 nurses across the province of British Columbia, as it outlines their terms of employment and salary for the next three years.

As a nurse in British Columbia, it’s important to understand the key elements of the BCNU Agreement 2019. Here’s what you need to know:

Wages

One of the most significant changes outlined in the agreement is a wage increase for nurses. Over the next three years, wages will increase by 2% per year, with the first increase taking effect on April 1, 2019. In addition, nurses who have completed a specialty certification will receive a $1,000 lump sum payment, which will be made within 30 days of the ratification of the agreement.

Staffing

Another area addressed in the agreement is staffing levels. The agreement now requires that employers provide “reasonable workloads” for nurses, taking into consideration the complexity of the patients and the acuity of the care required. This is a victory for nurses who have long been advocating for safe staffing levels, as it will ensure that nurses are not overworked or stretched too thin.

Benefits

The agreement also includes improvements to benefits for nurses. For example, the amount of paid bereavement leave will increase from three to five days, and there will be broader access to compassionate care leave. In addition, the agreement includes a number of improvements to the Extended Health Benefits plan, including coverage for acupuncture, massage therapy, and physiotherapy.

Professional Development

The BCNU Agreement 2019 also includes provisions for professional development. Nurses will now have access to a new fund to support professional development, and the agreement also includes language that supports sabbaticals for nurses who wish to pursue further education or training. This is a critical area for nurses, as ongoing education and training are essential for providing high-quality care to patients.

Conclusion

Overall, the BCNU Agreement 2019 represents a significant victory for nurses in British Columbia. With improvements to wages, benefits, staffing, and professional development, nurses will be better equipped to provide the best possible care to their patients. As a nurse, it’s important to stay informed about the terms of the agreement and to advocate for fair treatment and safe staffing levels in your workplace.

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