Health Science Professionals

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...

HSA and the Vancouver Island Health Authority (VIHA) have reached an agreement that will see HSA dietitians reimbursed an estimated $100,000 for membership fees paid to Dietitians of Canada since 2003/04. The settlement is a result of a grievance launched in 2004, when the union pursued member concerns that the employer required membership in good standing in the professional association...

An article in the Edmonton Journal October 25, 2006 demonstrates the need to include the whole health care team to address backlogs in the health care system. Reducing the wait and pain: Medical team approach will soon provide new hips and knees within 20 weeks The Edmonton Journal Wed 25 Oct 2006 By Jodie Sinnema EDMONTON - The wait for...

The B.C. Supreme Court today dismissed a petition by the Hospital Employees Union to overturn a decision of the Labour Relations Board to assign union membership of Biomedical Engineering Technologists from HEU to HSA. Biomedical Engineering Technologists maintain specialized hospital equipment at acute care hospitals across the province. The Biomedical Engineering Technologists were designated as health science professionals last year...

The transfer of responsibility for funding the Long Term Disability plan for members of the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association (HSPBA) will come into effect a week ahead of schedule. Negotiated in the recent round of bargaining, members will see a 70 per cent reduction in their contribution to the premiums. Since 1986, the LTD plan had been wholly supported...

The Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association (HSPBA) and the Health Employers Association of BC (HEABC) have agreed to a temporary market adjustment for pharmacists to deal with the severe shortages facing many pharmacy departments around the province. In some facilities, pharmacy departments are operating with more than 50 per cent of positions vacant, forcing pharmacists to stop practising their full...

TheHealth Science Professional Bargaining Association (HSPBA) has reachedagreement with the Health Employers Association of British Columbia concerningthe terms of transfer for Cardiology Technologists. Theagreement is effective February 22, 2006 ... the date the Labour Relations Boarddetermined that Cardiology Technologists, including ElectrodiagnosticTechnologists, are in the Health Science Professional bargaining unit and arerepresented by HSA. Thetransfer agreement confirms that HEABC has directed...

A complete wage grid " and wage rates " effective April 1, 2006 for the 2006 ... 2010 Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association (HSPBA) is now available for viewing and downloading on the HSA website at www.hsabc.org. The wage rates and grid levels reflect the changes negotiated in the recent round of collective bargaining. "The wage schedule applies to most...

In early May, HEABC met with the Health Sciences Association (HSA) representing the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association and representatives of the Community Bargaining Association, the Facilities Bargaining Association and the Nurses Bargaining Association to discuss language within the new collective agreements regarding the effective date of wage increases. The new health sector collective agreement language, which has been recently...

With the Health Science Professionals Collective Agreement now ratified, members can expect to see the provisions of the collective agreement to begin to take effect immediately. The following frequently asked questions are being distributed to members in response to numerous enquiries about key issues contained in the agreement. For information about issues not covered in this bulletin, contact your steward...