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Register by Jan. 12 for 'Conversation' in Nanaimo

The provincial government has announced the dates for the regional forums on health care.

Deadline for registration for the forum in Nanaimo is January 12.

Health care professionals have been barred from participating in the public forums, but are encouraged to participate in 'professional forums.'  In Kelowna, the 'professional' forum is scheduled for Feb. 16.

Register by Jan. 11 for 'Conversation' in Kelowna

The provincial government has announced the dates for the regional forums on health care.

Deadline for registration for the forum in Kelowna is January 11.

Health care professionals have been barred from participating in the public forums, but are encouraged to participate in 'professional forums.'  In Kelowna, the 'professional' forum is scheduled for Feb. 16.

Register by Dec. 29 for 'Conversation' forum in Surrey

The provincial government has announced the dates for the regional forums on health care.

Deadline for registration for the first two forums, to be held in Kamloops and Surrey, is December 29.

Health care professionals have been barred from participating in the public forums, but are encouraged to participate in 'professional forums.' The 'professional' forum in Kamloops is scheduled for February 2. In Surrey, the 'professional' forum is scheduled for Feb. 9.

Register by Dec. 29 for 'Conversation' forum in Kamloops

The provincial government has announced the dates for the regional forums on health care.

Deadline for registration for the first two forumsa, to be held in Kamloops and Surrey, is December 29.

Health care professionals have been barred from participating in the public forums, but are encouraged to participate in 'professional forums.' The 'professional' forum in Kamloops is scheduled for February 2. In Surrey, the 'professional' forum is scheduled for Feb. 9.

Holiday best wishes

In past years, the Health Sciences Association has marked the holiday season with cards of thanks and greetings to activists, colleagues, supporters and suppliersto thank you for the work you do with us throughout the year.

Community social service workers vote to accept new collective agreement

Union Bargaining Association members have voted in favour of ratifying a new collective agreement that covers 15,000 community social services workers.

The four-year deal includes general wage increases of 8.3 percent, additional wage parity increases, and inclusion in a public sector pension plan at the end of the agreement. Most workers will receive an additional 1.6 percent annually after the first year, when employers resume Medical Services Plan contributions. Full-time workers will receive a $4,200 signing bonus (pro-rated for part-timers and casuals).

Details of UBA tentative agreement

A tentative agreement has been reached covering 15,000 community social services workers in B.C. The four-year deal includes wage increases totalling 8.3 percent, wage parity increases, and a pension plan at the end of the agreement. An additional 1.6 percent will go into workers pockets annually after the first year, when employers resume Medical Services Plan contributions. Full-time workers will receive a $4,200 signing bonus (pro-rated for part-timers and casuals.)