HSPBA Agreement on Process to Implement 37.5 Hour Work Week

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

The spirit of the negotiated agreement surrounding the change from a 36 hour to a 37.5 hour work week was confirmed this week as the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association (HSPBA) and Health Employers Association of BC (HEABC) reached agreement on a process to implement the 37.5 hour work week agreed to in the recently ratified collective agreement.

"While at least one health authority had jumped the gun and advised staff that the change required the elimination of EDO (earned days off) or ATO (accumulated time off) schedules, this is not the case," said HSPBA Chief Negotiator Jeanne Meyers. The implementation process, signed off on April 15th, allows for flexibility, including the elimination of extended hours schedules, and for modified schedules with similar or different extended hours schedules.

"The key to the process is that employers and employees engage in a cooperative dialogue that results in scheduling that ultimately meets the needs for delivery of health care services, while accommodating the specific needs of individual worksites and departments," Meyers said. CUPE represents over 500 members in the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association (HSPBA). HSA is the lead union in the 17,000 member bargaining association. Other unions in the bargaining association include the BCGEU, PEA, and HEU.

Please see the attached documents for more information.


HSPBA BULLETIN A union guide to the process for implementing the 37.5 hour workweek.pdf115.82 KB
HSPBA BULLETIN Article 24.01 Hours of Work.pdf263.36 KB
HSPBA BULLETIN Article 24.01 hrs of work.pdf110.48 KB
HSPBA BULLETIN FAQ about the proposed change to a 37.5-hour work week April 30 2013.pdf111.96 KB
HSPBA BULLETIN HEABC and HSPBA 37.5 hr work week implementation process.pdf385.84 KB
HSPBA BULLETIN MOU transition to 37.5 hr work week.pdf132.67 KB
HSPBA BULLETIN Transitioning to 37.5 hr workweek.pdf60.3 KB
HSPBA BULLETIN Transitioning to the 37.5 Hr work week.pdf4.17 MB