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Training funds available for HSA members in the community health sector

If you are an HSA member who was laid off after January 28, 2002 due to re-tendering, contracting out, or bumping from a heaath care job in the community subsector,

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If you are a current employee in a community subsector job and are interested in skills development, you may be eligible for reimbursement of training costs.

The retraining funds are available as a result of a settlement between health unions, health employers and the BC government related to a June, 2007 Supreme Court of Canada ruling on Bill 29.

Meeting to set contract objectives; this is your chance to have a say

With the Health Services and Support Community contract set to expire March 31, 2012, planning is underway to prepare bargaining priorities to present at the bargaining table.

HSA stewards will be setting chapter meetings to be held by October 6, 2011 to discuss and develop bargaining proposals. All HSA members covered by the Health Services and Support Community collective agreement are urged to attend these chapter meetings. Your negotiating team needs your input.

Community health services and support: bargaining association votes to accept tentative agreement

Last month, health services and support workers represented by HSA voted 91 per cent in favour of rejecting the tentative agreement reached between the bargaining associations lead union, BCGEU, and the provincial government.

However, the BCGEU has announced today that the bargaining association as a whole has voted in favour of the contract. The tallied results indicate 76 per cent of union members represented by the bargaining association voted in favour.

Community health services and support: HSA members overwhelmingly reject tentative agreement

Health services and support workers represented by HSA voted 91 per cent in favour of rejecting the tentative agreement reached in December between the bargaining associations lead union, BCGEU, and the provincial government.

This follows last months recommendation by HSAs board of directors, who agreed with the unions negotiating team: the agreement asked members to give up too many hard-won benefits.

COMMUNITY HEALTH: HSA Board of Directors recommends rejecting tentative agreement

HSAs board of directors voted this week to recommend rejection of the tentative agreement reached last month in the Community Health Services and Support sector between the bargaining associations lead union, BCGEU, and the provincial government.

The board agreed with HSAs negotiating team representing members in the sector that the agreement asks members to give up too many hard-won benefits.

Tentative agreement reached in community health bargaining

A settlement was achieved late in the day on Saturday, December 19 between the Community Bargaining Association and the Health Employers Association of B.C. (HEABC).

The CBA represents 10,000 workers delivering services in community health, including just over 600 HSA members.

Highlights of the tentative agreement are:

Community Bargaining Association heads into bargaining

HSAs negotiating team representing the unions health services and support (community subsector) workers will be at the bargaining table with the employer from December 14 to December 18.

The members are part of the multi-union Community Bargaining Association.

HSAs health services and support (community subsector) members set their bargaining priorities at a bargaining proposal meeting held November 16 in Richmond. Delegates to this meeting elected bargaining representatives, as follows:

HSA members encouraged to participate in H1N1 vaccination program

Following the protocol issued by BCs Medical Health Officer, beginning next week health care workers will be offered vaccination against the H1N1 virus. This includes all HSA members who work with vulnerable populations.

HSA encourages members to participate in the H1N1 vaccination program.

When you receive your H1N1 vaccination, you will also be offered vaccination against seasonal flu.