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Fall 2009 Pension Seminars for Municipal Pension Plan Members

August 26, 2009
The municipal Pension Plan continues to offer pension seminars to plan members. Plan members have a choice of two seminars.  Your Pension, Your Future is for new and mid-career plan members. In this seminar, they'll explain pension benefits and help members understand how decisions they make today can impact their future pension income. Members will learn how to read their Member's Benefit Statement and find out how they can recover time from a break in service (such as general, maternity and parental leaves) to make the most of their future pension.

Lower Mainland health authorities issue press release regarding "Consolidation Opportunities"

August 17, 2009
The various Health Authorities in the Lower Mainland (VCHA, PHSA, FHA and PHC) today issued a press release dealing with "Lower Mainland Consolidation Opportunities".  The Union was only given the information, at a meeting with various Health Authorities, immediately before the press release was made public. The Union has not yet been provided any specific information in regards any potential impact of "consolidation" on the members of the Union.  

Retroactive portability of seniority for RPNs

August 12, 2009
One-time only opportunity to apply for portability of previous seniority credits In early 2008, the Nurses Bargaining Association was able to bargain a modification to portability of seniority for employees covered by the nurses provincial collective agreement. HSA was at the table representing our registered psychiatric nurse members.

2009 Run for the Cure: Register today for Team HSA

August 10, 2009
This years annual Run for the Cure, the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation's most important fundraiser, is Sunday October 4. HSA has supported the run since 1997, and is one of three regional sponsors of the Run for the Cure. At every step from diagnosis to treatment and recovery, highly trained health science professionals use their expertise to help breast cancer patients. The union urges HSA members and others to join the HSA team to run or walk for the cure October 4.

Calling young union members: Get to know the labour movement at September retreat

August 5, 2009
The B.C. Federation of Labour Young Worker Retreat is planned for September 25 to 27 at Camp Jubilee. Participants at last year's retreat for 19- to 30-year-old union members enjoyed the opportunity to meet other newcomers and activists to the union movement, and the retreat is expected to fill up quickly. Follow the link for information about registration and retreat activities.

Fall regional meetings to include elections for HSPBA Bargaining Proposal Conference in November

August 4, 2009
Health Sciences Association will hold a Bargaining Proposal Conference November 8-10, 2009 to prepare for bargaining of a new collective agreement for health science professionals. The current collective agreement expires March 31, 2010. Elections for delegates to the Bargaining Proposal Conference will be held at regional meetings set for September and October 2009. The schedule of regional meetings follows.

Pride Week events: union members invited to participate with Multi-Union Pride group

July 22, 2009
Union members interested in participating in Vancouvers Pride Week events this year are encouraged to join two Multi-Union Pride events. Saturday, Aug. 1:  Dyke MarchThe Vancouver Dyke March brings an all-inclusive march and festival to the East Side (Commercial Drive area).  Participants, friends, and supporters can enjoy an afternoon of visibility, pride, music, community, art and merry-making the day before the annual Pride Parade.

Survey asks: Is your worksite ready for H1N1 pandemic?

July 20, 2009
HSA members and stewards, including OHS stewards, are encouraged to help the union gather information about the state of preparedness in your facility for a possible pandemic. Please complete a short online survey to help HSA gather information about the extent to which Health Authorities are prepared to protect the health of employees, as well as patients and their families.

2010 should be a year to showcase health care in British Columbia, not cut the service patients depend on

July 15, 2009
Taking a tough stand on health care budgets will hurt British Columbia at a time it wants to shine, says Reid Johnson, president of the Health Sciences Association, the union that represents 16,000 health science professionals who provide the diagnostic, clinical, and rehabilitation services British Columbians count on for your good health. Just last week, Health Minister Kevin Falcon was singing the praises of the fast-tracked breast cancer diagnosis clinics in the Lower Mainland as a key to early diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer.

Education fund available for HSA members in HSPBA agreement

July 8, 2009
(This information applies to HSA members of the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association.) In January of 2008 the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association successfully negotiated an agreement to resolve issues flowing from the Supreme Court of Canada decision that certain sections of Bill 29 were unconstitutional. HSA made professional development for our members a priority. As a result, the final agreement included a fund for professional development education for all HSPBA members.