It was a plea to get the terms of a contract negotiated with the province approved in November 2018 to 44,000 union members who are tired of chronic overload and violence against nurses. And there was a period of intense division: thousands of nurses openly rejected the contract and shared their opinions online to the point where a Facebook group called « Nurses Engaged » was sometimes called « Nurses Enraged. » The agreement obliges the parties to form a committee to make recommendations on the modification of the performance plan. This process, which includes an online survey by the UNJB, is underway and members will vote on the recommendations in the coming months. The result: stop sabotaging the union with derogatory comments on Facebook; embark with the provisional collective agreement; and vote to « elevate and advance the nursing profession. » But in an email summarizing the deal, Assistant Deputy Minister Chris Rathbone wrote that the union and the employers` bargaining committee had agreed to « remove the inflexible and costly language that will be replaced by a more flexible `short working` bonus. » Rathbone also called the UNCO agreement to verify existing health benefits, particularly the high cost of massages, « cost control, » and said they would be « limited to a certain percentage of time-limited payment. » Christina Gower, one of the nurses who spoke out against the contract, heard someone call the Facebook group « Nurses Enraged, » and used the term to describe herself and other nurses she knows who are not satisfied. When Sorensen sent his letter, it was too late to attract a few nurses. Critics of the deal said both the province and the union had given up hope of finding real solutions to nurses` staffing and safety concerns. And they saw the preliminary agreement on the table as evidence. He said it was a « fundamental rehiring of some of the major collective agreements that have raised operational and financial concerns in recent years. » Internal communications, including memos, emails and text exchanges obtained by Star Vancouver through an access to information request, contain new details about what each of the parties said at the time of the contract agreement. The deal was accepted with only 54% approval and eleven months later, the dissidents have not remained silent. A Facebook group called « Nurses Engaged » erupted between December and January with heated comments, as nurses reviewed the terms of the collective agreement. The group continues to act as a platform of criticism that addresses both the province and the union. This part of the agreement also raised concerns from nurses who were reluctant to vote in favour of a no-term defined benefit contract.
While Sorensen garnered support and called some criticism of the deal « lies, » government officials interpreted some of the more controversial parts of the contract in the same way as nurses who opposed it. The idea that the « working short » bonus – extra money paid to understaffed nurses – could allow employers to be more flexible was precisely what frightened nurses who opposed the contract. They did not want employers to choose to pay a bonus to nurses who work understaffed, they wanted them to occupy the vacancies. « It`s exactly, » she said. « We feel that we have been left in the mirror by both our employers and our union. We feel failed. » Changes to the ETO – What you need to know: Information video This compressed information video offers a brief overview of the steps required to implement the new language of working time in the ETO components contract. This video is only used for training purposes. ETO Hours of Work Joint Training Video Bcgeu and BCPSA jointly developed trainings on the new language of working time in the ETO Components Agreement and then organised this training for ETO staff throughout the province. . .