The Health Services & Support – Community Subsector Association Collective Agreement covers approximately 16,000 health care support workers in BC. The British Columbia Government and Service Employees’ Union (BCGEU), the Hospital Employees’ Union (HEU), the United Food and Commercial Workers’ Union (UFCW) and the Health Sciences Association (HSA) represent the employees in the Community subsector.
Employees provide support services in various community settings including private homes, group homes, residential community living homes, supported employment programs, child development centres, adult day programs, mental health centres, community service agencies and health authorities throughout BC.
Community health workers make up the largest classification group in this subsector. Community health workers are employed to provide home support services through contracted agencies and directly for the province's health authorities.
HEABC and the Community Bargaining Association (CBA) have signed a three-year tentative agreement for the period between April 1, 2019 and March 31, 2022. The tentative agreement was achieved under the Government of BC’s Sustainable Services Negotiating Mandate and supports the priorities of improving services and ensuring sustainability. Both parties have now taken the details of the tentative agreement back to their members for ratification to ensure broad-based support. The current Health Services & Support Community Subsector Association Collective Agreement expires March 31, 2019.