Health Science Professionals

BL10050 The BC Labour Relations Board has ruled that two hundred Biomedical Engineering Technologists working in BC hospitals are appropriately represented by HSA. This follows a previous ruling by the LRB that designated Biomedical Engineering Technologists as paramedical professionals, but did not resolve the issue of union representation. HSA holds the paramedical professional certification at all of the hospitals where...

EB05-08 Last chance to apply for funding Paramedical Bargaining Association members are eligible to apply for Education Leave Funding. The one million dollar Education Leave Fund, a provision of the 2001 - 2004 Paramedical Professional Collective Agreement, provided financial assistance to health science professionals to attend educational programs for professional advancement and career enhancement. This was one-time funding and insufficient...

BL10031 All Health Sciences Association members who work in the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority and are covered by the Paramedical Professional Bargaining Association and Nurses Bargaining Association collective agreements will benefit from agreements reached to develop single seniority lists for each of the bargaining associations. -This is a very significant breakthrough, as HSA has been trying for several rounds of...

BL10019 Information meetings for HSA members about discussions between the Paramedical Professional Bargaining Association and the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority on a single seniority list have been scheduled as follows: DATE TIME LOCATION Tuesday, January 18 5pm to 7pm Richmond Inn Minoru Ballroom B 7551 Westminster Highway Richmond Wednesday, January 19 5pm to 7pm Holiday Inn North Vancouver Grouse &...

BL10017 The Vancouver Coastal Health Authority and Paramedical Professional Bargaining Association have begun discussions aimed at achieving a single seniority list for all employees in the health authority, which would come into effect in early 2006. -For the past several rounds of bargaining with HEABC, HSA has advocated a seniority list that allows HSA members increased opportunities for jobs with...

HSA - VCHA (Joint Bulletin) BL10015 HSA and VCHA are pleased to announce that an agreement has been reached on a without prejudice basis, for a number of measures designed to mitigate the impact of laboratory restructuring. Restructuring will occur in the laboratories at Lions Gate Hospital, Richmond Hospital, Vancouver Hospital - 12th and Oak Pavilions, and Vancouver Hospital -...

BL10010 All HSA members covered by the paramedical professional collective agreement are encouraged to submit any unclaimed receipts for extended healthcare benefits incurred by members or dependents between May 5 and December 31, 2003 to Pacific Blue Cross no later than November 15, 2004 in order to receive reimbursement. The deadline has been extended one month to November 15 because...

BL10000 Paramedical professionals have voted 92 per cent in favour of the tentative contract reached this summer between the Paramedical Professional Bargaining Association (PPBA) and the Health Employers' Association of BC (HEABC). "Clearly, paramedical professionals recognized that this was the best contract possible given the current political climate," says Ron Ohmart, chief negotiator for the PPBA. "Unfortunately, the government refused...

BL9995 All HSA members covered by the paramedical professional collective agreement are reminded that any unclaimed receipts for extended healthcare benefits incurred between May 5 and December 31, 2003 must be submitted to Pacific Blue Cross no later than October 15, 2004 in order to receive reimbursement. Some HSA members may not have submitted their receipts for this period due...

BL9994 The Vancouver Coastal Health Authority has notified HSA that it has developed recommendations for a redesign of laboratory services. The VCHA has stated that its proposals will result in changes to the VCHA sites or transfers between the sites, impacting staffing levels, shift rotations, full-time equivalents, and required skill mix. However, the health authority has indicated that they will...