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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.

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.

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.

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.

Nurses Bargaining Association 2006-2010 contracts now available for all members

The final version of the 2006-2010 Collective Agreement between the Nurses 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.

Pension backgrounders released today

Ottawa ... In an effort to help build the knowledge base and skill level of union activists around critical issues in the field of pensions, the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is producing a series of Pensions Backgrounders.

The first two documents of the series ... Pensions Are Important and A Brief History of Pensions in Canada  ... are being released today.

Continue reading here. (Link to NUPGE website)

Nurses Bargaining Association update: Pension allocation from 2007 wage increase will deferred; 3.5% increase for nurses April 1

The Nurses' Bargaining Association and HEABC have agreed to defer until 2008 the issue of allocating a one per cent market adjustment (wage increase) to Municipal Pension Plan inflation protection and benefits for retirees who were members of the NBA's constituent unions.

As a result, the one per cent market adjustment scheduled for April 1, 2007 will be added to the scheduled 2.5 per cent wage increase for NBA members, resulting in a total wage increase of 3.5 per cent.

Meet the candidates for HSA president

As of March 1, 2007, seven HSA members have been nominated to run for the position of HSA president. The new president will be elected Saturday, April 21 by delegates to HSA's 36th annual convention in Vancouver.

Register now for all-candidates' meetings in HSA election

The registration deadline is fast-approaching for attendance at the alll-candidates' meetings in HSA's election for a new president for the first time in 14 years, as Cindy Stewart has announced she will not be seeking re-election. 

A series of three all-candidates' meetings to give convention delegates an opportunity to meet the presidential candidates, hear their vision for the union and ask questions has been scheduled as follows: