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Tentative agreement reached for West Coast Medical Imaging

June 3, 2016
HSA’s bargaining committee has reached a tentative agreement with West Coast Medical Imaging. HSA represents almost 200 members working in diagnostic imaging clinics in the Vancouver and Victoria regions. The tentative four-year agreement includes modest wage increases, improvements to sick leave and vacation provisions, and an agreement on a process on issues related to casuals’ seniority rights. Details of the terms of the tentative agreement and a schedule of ratification votes will be circulated in the coming days.

HSA Political Action Fund support available for election campaign training

May 19, 2016
Printer-friendly version for posting. Members may apply for Political Action Fund support to attend political action training which is:

HSA offers 20 professional development awards of $550 to health science professionals

May 19, 2016
Applications are being invited from HSA members who work under the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association (HSPBA) collective agreement for $550 awards to support professional development. The awards will be distributed province wide, with two awards available to members in each of the union’s 10 regions. Awards will be randomly selected.

Bargaining underway for new contract with West Coast Medical Imaging

May 18, 2016
Bargaining is underway for a new collective agreement between HSA and West Coast Medical Imaging (WCMI). Union bargaining committee members Gary Finnerty and Fran Wagner from the Lower Mainland and Lee McKellar and Jenn Frost from Victoria, along with HSA staff negotiators Dani Demetlika and Gurleen Sahota and labour relations specialist Jessica Magalios, got underway at the end of April and resumed yesterday, with two days of bargaining scheduled for this week, and another two days scheduled at the beginning of June.

Contract ratified: 85 per cent vote in favour of accepting new contract for BC's nurses

May 13, 2016
Nurses covered by the Nurses Bargaining Association (NBA) contract, including the 900 Registered Psychiatric Nurses represented by HSA, have voted 85 per cent in favour of accepting a new collective agreement. The new agreement features wage increases for all nurses, some changes to benefits coverage, and a number of contract changes that address staffing issues, education, and violence in the workplace. ACHIEVEMENTS The tentative agreement achieves eight of the 11 priorities HSA's RPNs set for bargaining, including:

Delegates approve increase in dues to protect services and members

May 12, 2016
Confronted with increasing demand for member services, support for stewards facing growing caseloads and the mounting cost of defending members against hostile raids by the BC Nurses, delegates to HSA’s 45th annual convention voted overwhelmingly in favour of a small dues increase, the first in 19 years.

Towhey elected as Region 8 director

April 20, 2016
HSA members in Region 8 have elected Kevin Towhey to serve a two-year term as their representative on the union’s Board of Directors.  Towhey is a medical radiation technologist at Royal Inland Hospital. This is Towhey’s first term on the union’s Board of Directors. He currently serves as the Chief Steward at Royal Inland Hospital. The other candidate for the board position was Cherylee Hale, a cardiology technologist at Kelowna General Hospital.

Hay elected as Region 6 director

April 20, 2016
HSA members in Region 6 have elected Nancy Hay to serve a two-year term as their representative on the union’s Board of Directors.  Hay is a social worker at St. Paul’s and Lions Gate Hospitals. This is Hay’s first term on the union’s Board of Directors. She currently serves as the Chief Steward at St. Paul’s Hospital. The other candidate for the board position was Shirley Clarkson, a registered psychiatric nurse at St. Paul’s Hospital.

Sebastian re-elected as Region 4 director

April 20, 2016
HSA members in Region 4 have re-elected Joseph Sebastian to serve another two-year term as their representative on the union’s Board of Directors.  Sebastian is a medical radiation technologist at Vancouver Hospital. Sebastian first joined the union’s Board of Directors in April 2014. He has served on the Occupational Health and Safety and Constitutional and Organization Policy committees, and has served as a steward at Vancouver Hospital. The other candidate for the board position was Sarah Chapple, a social worker at Vancouver Hospital.

Hoyt re-elected as Region 2 director

April 20, 2016
HSA  members in Region 2 have re-elected Derrick Hoyt to serve another two-year term as their representative on the union’s Board of Directors.  Hoyt is a pathologist’s assistant at Royal Jubilee Hospital. Hoyt first joined the union’s board of directors in November 2013. He has served on the Constitutional and Organizational Policy Committee (COPS) and Committee for Equality and Social Action and Elections Committee. He is a former Chief Steward at Royal Jubilee Hospital.