The health sciences collective agreement is negotiated between the employers and the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association (HSPBA). It has more than 16,000 members of the HSA, as well as members of the Union of Hospital Employees (HEU), the Union of Canadian Public Employees (CUPE), the Professional Employees Association (PEA) and the BC Government Employees Union (BCGEU). (C) The Committee shall meet and do everything in its power to reach an amicable agreement on the outstanding matter. In the absence of an informal solution, either RDBC, on behalf of its members, or the employer on behalf of the Residency Program, or individually within ten (10) days of acceptance of the position that a solution cannot be found, may, by mutual agreement, refer the matter to Julie Nichols or another person for expedited arbitration. The party forwarding the matter to the arbitrator shall ensure that the other party is informed. Workers who participate in a return-to-work program for fourteen hours four (14.4) hours or more per week are entitled to all benefits under the Agreement on a proportional basis, with the exception of health and dental insurance, which must be paid in accordance with Article 15 of the Collective Agreement. A resident summoned for the duty of the jury or as a witness is placed on leave for the period necessary for judicial service. All benefits under the agreement continue to be due during this period of leave and continue to receive regular remuneration. The resident must remit to the employer all witness or jury fees received by the resident following a summons, provided that they do not exceed the resident`s normal salary during the period of the leave.

If the resident receives expenses in excess of his or her normal salary, the resident must keep this money. (D) A reciprocal agreement of the Committee shall be accepted as an amendment to the collective agreement for the specified resident and without prejudice to the position of either party with respect to the importance or interpretation of other provisions of the collective agreement during the term of the collective agreement. All amendments to the collective agreement take effect during the first salary period following ratification, unless otherwise provided. . . .