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Overtime / call-back / insufficient off-duty hours: we want to hear from you!

In the last contract talks, many health science professionals called attention to a serious issue: because of being required to be on call and work call-backs, staff are being forced to work with dangerously little rest between shifts.

As part of the new collective agreement, the employer and unions committed to a working group to address these issues. The working group will:
• review current practices
• provide recommendations for initiatives to reduce the need for overtime and call back

Over the next five weeks, the working group will meet with members to explore the problems and possible solutions. -We want to know about challenges you are facing to your personal safety," said Dawn Adamson, HSA Membership Services Coordinator (Bargaining). -We want to hear your personal stories about the impact that being on call has on your lives. And we want to hear your ideas for creative solutions."

A schedule of meetings is being finalized. Please watch for announcements for meetings in your area.

The Insufficient Off-duty Hours Working Group will develop a report with recommendations by September 30, 2011.

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