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Important reminder re: extended health care receipts from May 5 - December 31, 2003

September 21, 2004
BL9995 All HSA members covered by the paramedical professional collective agreement are reminded that any unclaimed receipts for extended healthcare benefits incurred between May 5 and December 31, 2003 must be submitted to Pacific Blue Cross no later than October 15, 2004 in order to receive reimbursement.

HSA establishes Adjustment Plan Committee following VCHA laboratory redesign announcement

September 20, 2004
BL9994 The Vancouver Coastal Health Authority has notified HSA that it has developed recommendations for a redesign of laboratory services. The VCHA has stated that its proposals will result in changes to the VCHA sites or transfers between the sites, impacting staffing levels, shift rotations, full-time equivalents, and required skill mix. However, the health authority has indicated that they will work with HSA to minimize the "involuntary" impact on staff.

Agreement reached on extended health care benefits for paramedical professionals

September 13, 2004
BL9993 The Paramedical Professional Bargaining Association (PPBA) and the Health Employers' Association of BC (HEABC) have reached an agreement on an outstanding dispute regarding extended health care benefits. The dispute stems from HEABC's directive to Pacific Blue Cross that the collective agreement did not require it to cover the additional costs arising from the BC government's decision to de-list physiotherapy, chiropractic services, massage therapy and podiatry.

OH&S Steward Training

August 26, 2004
EB04-07 HSA is offering the following OH&S steward workshops: Workshop I - October 25 & 26, 2004 - Basic Training "*CANCELLED"* Workshop II - November 8 & 9, 2004 - Basic Training Workshop III - December 6 & 7, 2004 - Advanced Training

New joint program will assist ill or injured community social services workers to return to work

July 20, 2004
BL9991 CSSEIP is a pro-active, customized return to work program Today the Union Bargaining Association (UBA) and Community Social Services Employers' Association (CSSEA) launched a new joint program to assist workers who are ill or injured return to work. The new program is called CSSEIP - the Community Social Services Early Intervention Program. It involves employers, employees, unions and the Healthcare Benefit Trust (HBT) all working together in a proactive, customized return to work program for workers who are ill or injured.

BARGAINING UPDATE #11: Health science professionals urged to vote YES!

July 20, 2004
PARAMEDICAL PROFESSIONAL BARGAINING ASSOCIATION Bargaining Update #11 PDF Version (Adobe Acrobat required)

BARGAINING UPDATE #10: Tentative agreement for health science professionals

July 16, 2004
PARAMEDICAL PROFESSIONAL BARGAINING ASSOCIATION Bargaining Update #10PDF Version (Adobe Acrobat required)

Discussions continue on contract for health science professionals

July 8, 2004
PARAMEDICAL PROFESSIONAL BARGAINING ASSOCIATION Bargaining Update #9  PDF Version (Adobe Acrobat required)

HSA scores on-call pay win

June 24, 2004
BL9987 HSA has scored a significant victory for Paramedical Professional Bargaining Association members who have been denied on-call pay when they were called back to work. Under the collective agreement, members receive premium pay for the hours they are scheduled on call. The current rate is $3 an hour for the first 72 hours in a month, and $4.25 per hour for any additional on-call hours.