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CML Healthcare members ratify collective agreement

HSA members working at CML Healthcare, a private provider of medical diagnostic testing services, ratified a new collective agreement with this week.

The agreement was ratified by a 78 per cent vote in favour. For members in the Lower Mainland locations of CML Healthcare, it is a first agreement, as earlier this year they joined the existing bargaining unit representing their colleagues on Vancouver Island.

Highlights of the agreement include:

Tentative agreement reached with CML; ratification meetings Dec. 10 and 11

A tentative agreement for a new contract was reached this week between Health Sciences Association of BC and CML Healthcare.

Details of the proposed agreement, as well as a vote on whether to accept the contract, will be held Monday December 10 in the Lower Mainland, and Tuesday December 11 on Vancouver Island.

The information and ratification vote meetings will be held as follows:

Chief steward acclaimed at VGH; no voting required November 21

After the deadline for nominations passed at a meeting November 19 with only one nomination, Faith Uchida has been acclaimed as the HSA Chief Steward at Vancouver Hospital for the term of one year.

As a result, the scheduled voting will not be held November 21.

Steward elections at VGH November 19 and 21

HSA members at Vancouver General Hospital are encouraged to participate in the election of a chief steward, assistant chief stewards, occupational health and safety stewards and general stewards.

In order to allow as much participation as possible, two days have been set for voting:

Date: Monday, November 19
Time: 12 noon - 12:30 p.m. - nominations of stewards
           12:30 - 1:30 p.m. - voting
Place: Paetzold Health Education Centre, Multipurpose rooms 1 and 2

HSA members elect Kimball Finigan as Region 5 Director

HSA members in Region 5 have elected Kimball Finigan, a radiation therapist at the Vancouver Centre of the BC Cancer Agency as their representative on the HSA board of directors. Finigan defeated Gerald Yu, a health records administrator at Childrens and Womens Health Centre of BC.

Private diagnostic services clinic staff in Lower Mainland and Victoria join HSA

Health Sciences Association of B.C. is pleased to welcome new members, employees of CML HeatlhCare, to the union of caring professionals.

HSA has represented staff at CML HealthCare, a private company that provides medical diagnostic imaging services to the public, in Victoria since 2003.  Employees at four additional CML HealthCare clinics in Victoria and the Lower Mainland voted to join the union early this year, but the results of the vote were not known until yesterday.

HSA board of directors elects vice-president and secretary-treasurer

Suzanne Bennett, regional director for HSA Region 1, has been elected by the HSA Board of Directors to serve as the unions vice-president..  The vice-president assumes the duties of the president at the presidents request or in the presidents absence and chairs the unions resolutions committee.

By-election to be held in Region 5

During the next several weeks, HSA members in Region 5 will have an opportunity to elect a new representative to the HSA Board of Directors.  HSA opened nominations following the election of former Region 5 Director, Reid Johnson as HSA President at the 36th annual convention in April.

Nominations for the position closed on May 15, 2007 with two members declaring their candidacy:  Kimball Finigan, a Radiation Therapist at BCCA ... Vancouver Cancer Centre, and Gerald Yu, a Health Records Administrator with Children and Womens Hospital (BC Womens Hospital).

HSA seeks Region 5 representative on unions board of directors

HSA is calling for nominations for the position of Regional Director for Region 5 following the election of Reid Johnson as HSA President at the 36th annual convention held this past weekend. 

Johnson was first elected as Region 5 Director in 1997 and was re-elected for another term this spring.  The new Region 5 Director will serve the remainder of the two-year term which ends at the conclusion of HSAs 2009 annual convention.

HSA elects new union president at 36th annual convention

Reid Johnson, HSA President

Delegates to the 36th annual convention of Health Sciences Association of BC (HSA) have elected Reid Johnson as the new president of the union that represents 15,000 health care professionals who work in hospitals and communities around the province.