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Lower Mainland Health Information Management: HSA negotiating to minimize disruption

Since January 11, 2011, health employers have been attempting to consolidate Health Information Management (HIM) Lower Mainland wide. 

HSA has been making attempts to negotiate a labour adjustment agreement to minimize impacts to our health information management members caught up in this process.

To date, HSA does not have an agreed upon labour adjustment agreement with Providence for HIM Lower Mainland consolidation.

We understand that the employer has gone ahead in implementing their organizational structure for HIM.  

Deadline extended for members to apply to act as HSAs representatives on enhanced disability management

The deadline for expressions of interest to act as union representatives playing an active role in ensuring members realize the greatest benefit from the recently agreed to Enhanced Disability Management Program has been extended to June 30, 2011.

The extension is as a result of the excellent response to the initial call for representatives, and several requests for opportunities to learn more about the program and the role of the union in supporting its implementation.

Overtime / call-back / insufficient off-duty hours: we want to hear from you!

In the last contract talks, many health science professionals called attention to a serious issue: because of being required to be on call and work call-backs, staff are being forced to work with dangerously little rest between shifts.

As part of the new collective agreement, the employer and unions committed to a working group to address these issues. The working group will:
• review current practices
• provide recommendations for initiatives to reduce the need for overtime and call back

Professional development: What are your priorities?

In the recently negotiated collective agreement covering health science professionals working in hospitals and communities around the province, a $450,000 professional development fund was established for use by members over the term of the collective agreement.

Following ratification of the agreement, a joint committee of the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association (HSPBA) and Health Employers Association of BC (HEABC) was established to develop priorities and terms of reference for the fund.

Members sought to support HSA members in new enhanced disability management program

As of April 1, 2011, new language came into effect in the HSPBA and NBA collective agreements with respect to an Enhanced Disability Management Program (EDMP) designed to facilitate an employee-centred, pro-active, appropriate and customized disability management program for employees with occupational and non-occupational illness/injury.

As a workplace based program, successful implementation of the EDMP requires designated union representatives who will play an active role in ensuring members realize the greatest benefit from this groundbreaking program.

HSA members urged to vote in May 2nd federal election

On May 2nd, HSA members will help elect a new federal government. Members are encouraged to vote for candidates who support public services, and the people who deliver them.

Election Day: Monday May 2
Voting times: 7:00 am ... 7:00 pm (Pacific Time)
7:30 am ... 7:30 pm (Mountain Time)

Advance Voting
You may also vote on one of the following Advance Voting Days:

Protecting members: responding to employers demand for consolidations in six Lower Mainland service areas

Consolidations:  an overview

Last spring, Lower Mainland health employers issued a notice to HSA members working in diagnostic imaging: services throughout the Lower Mainland would be consolidated region-wide. The employers said their objective was to reduce the diagnostic imaging budget by 10 per cent.

Employers have since announced plans to consolidate five other service areas, with the aim of cutting up to 10 per cent out of an already lean system.

The targeted areas are:

Negotiations in progress for Health Information Management Lower Mainland consolidation

Since January 10 of this year, the union has met with Providence on three occasions to negotiate a labour adjustment agreement. Three more meetings are scheduled.

The intent of these meetings is to negotiate a labour adjustment agreement that mitigates the impacts of the employers proposed consolidation structure for our members working in Health Information Management.