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Agreement reached in Bill 29 talks

Highlights include a $3 million fund for re-dress and education

The HSA Board of Directors has approved a tentative Memorandum of Agreement with the provincial government and HEABC that includes a one-time payout of $3-million that will compensate members financially harmed by Bill 29 and establish an educational fund for health science professionals covered by the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association contract.

Private medical schools the wrong prescription, says CHPS

Ottawa (23 Jan. 2008) - A recent proposal by Dr. Brian Day, president of the Canadian Medical Association (CMA), to create private medical schools in Canada is being condemned by Canadas largest organization of health science professionals.

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.

Job postings for new and expanded Abbotsford hospital to start this month; new merged seniority lists to be implemented

In time for the posting of several new positions at the new Abbotsford Regional Hospital and Cancer Centre (ARHCC), set to open in September 2008, HSA and the Fraser Health Authority recently concluded negotiations to amend the Dovetailed Seniority List Agreement (DSLA) in the FHA.  Prior to this agreement, there were two different lists for the FHA, one for Fraser Valley Health Services Delivery Area and one for Simon and South Fraser Health Service Delivery Areas.

Supreme Court says BC Liberals violated Charter of Rights - Court rules in favour of health care workers, throws out sections of Bill 29

The Supreme Court of Canada issued a landmark decision today, declaring sections of Bill 29 unconstitutional.

The Supreme Court ruled that sections of the Bill amounted to -substantial interference with the unions ability to engage in collective bargaining." In the ruling, the Court throws out sections of Bill 29 and gives the provincial government 12 months to rectify the violations.

HSA President Reid Johnson says the decision is a clear win for health workers across British Columbia.

What are my rights and obligations during a flood?

Many HSA members have questions about their rights and obligations in the event of a flood or other emergency. Click \"read more\" for a copy of HSA's Q&A on this topic which will appear in next month's issue of The Report.

Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association (HSPBA) 2006-2010 contracts now available for all members

The final version of the 2006-2010 Collective Agreement between the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association and the Health Employers Association of B.C. has been delivered to employers throughout the province for distribution.

Employers have accepted responsibility for distribution of the contract to members.

If you have not yet received a copy of your collective agreement, please be in touch with your facilitys human resources department.