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Health Science Professionals contract negotiations scheduled to begin March 17

The Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association (HSPBA) and Health Employers Association of BC (HEABC) have agreed to open contract discussions March 17, 2010. The current collective agreement expires March 31, 2010.

Health Sciences Association is the lead union, representing 16,000 health science professionals, in the HSPBA. Last fall, delegates to the unions Bargaining Proposal Conference identified -protecting quality health care" as one of the top priorities for bargaining.

HSA reaches agreement to reduce impact of Fraser Health social worker layoffs

HSA has reached an agreement with Fraser Health Authority for social workers working in acute care facilities, as well as Queens Park Care Centre, who are facing job loss as a result of government-ordered budget cuts.

The measures are expected to reduce the number of involuntary layoffs and displacements, and give affected members options including voluntary reduction of hours, job-sharing, and support for education and relocation.

Health Sciences Association speaks out on government's broken promise to protect health care services

The Health Sciences Association of BC, the union that represents more 15,000 health science professionals who deliver the diagnostic, clinical and rehabilitation services in BCs hospitals and communities, is sounding the alarm about the provincial governments broken promise to protect health care services.

In an intensive province-wide radio campaign, HSA blows the whistle on the cuts to health services ... including the reduction of more than 10,000 MRI scans in the Vancouver area alone.

Children with autism at risk: Queen Alexandra lays off autism interventionists and behavioural therapists

Despite a province-wide protest by parents against the elimination of specialized treatment for severely autistic children, 43 therapists were issued lay-off notice Friday at Queen Alexandra Centre for Children on Vancouver Island. The therapists are members of the Health Sciences Association of BC, the union that represents 16,000 health science professionals including autism intervention specialists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, and social workers who work with autistic children and their families.

HSA to enter negotiations with Fraser Health Authority on displacements related to budget cuts authority-wide

Following this afternoons budget cut announcement by Fraser Health Authority, HSA began to receive reports from members and stewards that local managers were attempting to engage individual departments and members in discussions to make staffing cut decisions in certain departments.

HSA has advised Fraser Health Authority to halt the meetings, and to instead meet with the union to engage in an acceptable labour relations process to negotiate authority-wide labour adjustment strategies.

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.

Compass food workers locked out: Please don't use Fraser Health Authority food services

Please be advised that Compass has now locked out union members working at retail food service locations in the Fraser Health Authority.

While picket locations do not impede other union members from going to work, the B.C. Federation of Labour and the United Steelworkers Local 2009 are asking union members to not use any of these food services while management tries to operate these sites.

Rallies planned to oppose termination of autism programs

Families are planning rallies in the coming weeks to fight the cut in funding for autism services for children.
HSA President Reid Johnson will join the Kelowna rally Sunday October 18 at 11 a.m.
  • Date: Sunday, October 18th
  • Time: 11 am - 1 pm
  • Place: Kerry Park/The Sails (downtown Kelowna on Bernard Avenue)

Why are the BC Liberals picking on our children?

Fresh on the heels of cutting funding for children with autism, the Ministry for Children and Family Development has abruptly cut off funding to the Infant Development Programs provincial office.

-Why are the BC Liberals picking on kids with disabilities?" asked Reid Johnson, President of the Health Sciences Association of BC.

November 15: last deadline for HSPBA Bill 29 Education Fund for HSA Members

Notice to HSA members of the Health Science Professional Bargaining Association:

From February 2008 to date, the HSPBA Bill 29 Education Fund has provided bursaries to more than 600 HSA members, supporting education ranging from one-day professional development courses to Masters and PhD programs.

This funding arose out of the unions negotiated settlement flowing from the Supreme Court of Canada decision that certain sections of Bill 29 were unconstitutional. This was one-time funding.