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CSS health science professional wage grids finalized for 2007 - 2009

More than $1.5 million in equity funding has been used to increase pay rates for Community Social Service health science professionals. This bulletin summarizes in full the distribution of the "equity monies" amounts of $491,593; $516,150 and $549,157 under Memorandum of Agreement #12 ... Joint Job Evaluation Plan of the Community./>

CSSBA makes proposals to distribute $3.5 million surplus bonus fund

The Community Social Services Bargaining Association (CSSBA) has negotiated a guaranteed minimum fund for Early Incentive Bonus Payments with the Community Social Service Employers' Association (CCSEA). The CSSBA also reached an agreement with CCSEA that if there was money left after distributing the Early Incentive Payments the CSSBA would determine the manner of distribution of that money.

The audit of expenditures has now been completed and there is a surplus of almost $4 million.

March is Community Social Services Awareness Month

A campaign to raise awareness of important community-based social services is getting support from municipal councils across BC.
Social services workers and in some cases, community agencies and allies, have presented resolutions to city councils asking that March be designated as Community Social Services Awareness month. To date, 17 city councils have supported the awareness month.

Scholarships and bursaries available for HSA members and their families

HSA is offering scholarships and bursaries to all members and their children. We will be awarding ten scholarships for full-time studies, twenty bursaries for full-time studies and two aboriginal scholarships.

The criteria and details are set out on the application forms. To obtain a copy please see the HSA website: www.hsabc.org or contact your chief steward.

Health unions hold first meeting with government on Bill 29 court ruling

Facilities Barganing Association
Nurses Bargaining Association
Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association
Community Bargaining Association

Health care unions met today with representatives of the provincial government to deal with the repercussions of last Junes landmark Supreme Court decision that declared parts of a 2002 contract-stripping law unconstitutional.

Health science professionals welcome talks on Supreme Court decision

The Health Sciences Association (HSA) welcomes todays announcement that the government will enter into discussions about the recent Supreme Court of Canada decision that strikes down controversial provisions in Bill 29, the legislation that restricted health care workers bargaining rights.