Urgent Update: Health Canada transfer to British Columbia First Nations Health Authority (FNHA)
Urgent Information for PIPSC members who accepted a Reasonable Job Offer from the British Columbia First Nations Health Authority (FNHA).
On July 31, 2013 the FNHA applied to the British Columbia Labour Board to have only one bargaining unit at the First Nations Health Authority. In other words, it has effectively asked for a forced merger or a representation vote between PIPSC and PSAC and that the current collective agreements be amended. The FNHA has also requested that the current employees of the FNHA not be unionized. If this application is granted, you could be forced into another union and lose some of your rights or potentially lose your unionization altogether!
In previous updates we explained that under B.C. law PIPSC must create a new PIPSC group called the PIPSC-BCFNHA Group to represent you. Part of this process is for you to sign a membership card for the PIPSC-BCFNHA Group. Due to the FNHA’s application to the B.C. Labour Board, this is now more important than ever!
In the next week you will receive a letter from PIPSC containing a PIPSC-BCFNHA Group card and a self-addressed and stamped return envelope. You must fill out, sign, have someone witness your signature and return this card to PIPSC. Please fill out and return your card as soon as it arrives.
We will fight for your rights at the B.C Labour Board but we need evidence that you are a member of the PIPSC-BCFNHA Group. You can help us by simply filling out, signing and returning the membership card.
Without exception, our members have told us that they want to remain union members and have the protection of the Union at the FNHA. Also, without a union, once your collective agreement expires you will be subject to whatever terms and conditions of employment the BCFNHA puts in place.
PIPSC is organizing conference calls and workplace meetings in the near future to provide more information.
Health Canada and the FNHA will not provide the unions with a list of employees who accepted or rejected the RJO. If you did not accept the RJO, please notify Jamie Dunn so we can ensure you receive support and representation during your notice period.
16 August 2013