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Psychiatric Nurses: Bargaining update

Negotiators for the Nurses Bargaining Association worked hard to resolve several issues with health employers in bargaining sessions that took place last week (May 28 ... June 1).
Bargaining between the Nurses Bargaining Association and the Health Employers Association of BC will resume the last week of June.
The issues discussed pertained to casual employees, health authority-wide seniority, scheduling of union time off, and improvements to the Professional Responsibility Form (PRF) process.

Registered Psychiatric Nurses: Negotiators working on three key issues

During two weeks of bargaining for a new provincial contract (April 16-27), negotiators for the Nurses Bargaining Association and Health Employers Association of BC debated three key issues without coming to a resolution.

Negotiators will pick up discussions when bargaining resumes next month.

The issues debated are:

1. Health authority-wide seniority will improve nurses mobility and ensure nurses can maximize the value of their seniority rights. Both the unions and the employers proposed this concept, and its close to resolution.

Registered psychiatric nurses: bargaining focuses on four main issues

The elected bargaining committee for the Nurses Bargaining Association has completed two more weeks of negotiations with the Health Employers Association of BC (March 19-30), with discussions focusing on four issues:

1. Responsive Shift Scheduling:

Discussion with employers about how to improve shift scheduling to respond to employees needs when scheduling shifts.

2. Alternative Dispute Resolution Process (ADR):

Incorrect information about tax deduction for LTD premiums paid

A recent article in The Report contained incomplete information about tax deductions.
The potential for deducting for LTD premiums only applies if you are on an accepted LTD claim.
 
A member who is on an accepted LTD claim may be able to claim on their tax returns for LTD premiums they have previously paid. Whether they are eligible to do so, and how far back they can claim, is something HSA recommends you discuss with a financial or tax professional.

Members confirm shared benefit costs a non-starter

HSA members have reconfirmed that concessions on extended and dental benefits are not negotiable.

After learning that government appears to be set to propose to save money by getting health care workers to pay for some of their health and dental benefits, HSA conducted an informal telephone survey of members on the weekend to alert members to this pending proposal, and to get preliminary feedback from members.

HSA negotiators head to the table for members in all sectors

The Report: February 2012 vol.33 num.1

Collective agreements covering the vast majority of HSA members working in health sciences and community social services expire on March 31, and HSAs negotiators have already begun work on the next agreements.

HEALTH SCIENCE PROFESSIONALS

Bargaining for the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association was scheduled to begin February 27.

HSA priorities for bargaining were set at a three-day bargaining proposal conference in November.