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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.

Retroactive portability of seniority for RPNs

One-time only opportunity to apply for portability of previous seniority credits

In early 2008, the Nurses Bargaining Association was able to bargain a modification to portability of seniority for employees covered by the nurses provincial collective agreement. HSA was at the table representing our registered psychiatric nurse members.

Nurses overwhelmingly ratify provincial contract extension

Members of the Nurses' Bargaining Association, including registered psychiatric nurses who are members of the Health Sciences Association, have overwhelmingly ratified an extension of the provincial collective agreement.   The overall margin was 96 per cent in favour.

The retention and recruitment agreement provides labour market adjustments of three per cent on April 1, 2010 and April 1, 2011. These market adjustments were proposed to help retain nurses by keeping compensation competitive.

Ambulance paramedics in legal strike position effective April 1

Ambulance paramedics across B.C. will be in a legal strike position effective Wednesday, April 1, 2009. The members of CUPE 873 are going on strike to support their position at the bargaining table that would lead to wage equity with other emergency service workers.

As part of the paramedics job action, picket lines may be erected at facilities where HSA members work.

Members who encounter a picket line are urged not to cross the picket line. HSA members are protected under the collective agreement against disciplinary action for failure to cross a legal picket line.

Nurses Bargaining Association reaches tentative deal to extend provincial contract

While there is no general wage increase, the 24-month extension provides a 3 per cent labour market adjustment in 2010 and in 2011. Thats in addition to the 4.2 per cent wage increase already negotiated and scheduled for April 1, 2009.

HSA represents just over 800 Registered Psychiatric Nurses covered by the Nurses' Bargaining Association collective agreement. HSA's nurses will vote on the tentative agreement by mail-in ballot, being distributed to HSA members this week. Completed ballots must be returned to the HSA office by Friday, April 3, 2009.

Pension seminars for all Plan members

The Municipal Pension Plan continues to offer pension seminars to plan members. 

Plan members have a choice of two seminars:

Your Pension, Your Future is aimed towards new and mid-career plan members.  In this seminar, the emphasis is on the value of plan membership, explaining pension benefits and helping members understand how decisions they make today can impact their future pension income.  Members will learn how to read their Member's Benefit Statement and find out ways to make the most of their future pension.