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Tell Stephen Harper to honour Canada's child care program

April 12, 2006
The federal government and all 10 Canadian provinces agreed in 2005 to establish a $5-billion national child care program. Now Prime Minister Harper is planning to scrap it entirely. It's not too late to change his mind. Here's what you can do to help save this vital program.

Frequently asked questions about the new Health Science Professionals collective agreement

April 11, 2006
With the Health Science Professionals Collective Agreement now ratified, members can expect to see the provisions of the collective agreement to begin to take effect immediately. The following frequently asked questions are being distributed to members in response to numerous enquiries about key issues contained in the agreement. For information about issues not covered in this bulletin, contact your steward.

Privatization key theme at HSA's 35th convention

April 8, 2006
HSAs 35th Annual Convention kicked off Friday with an announcement by HSA President Cindy Stewart that she will not be seeking re-election when her current term expires in April 2007. Stewart noted the union has received a strong vote of confidence from the membership and is well-positioned to tackle the challenges that lie ahead. One of the challenges Stewart identified is the growing threat of health care privatization, and she challenged delegates to take a key role in protecting public health care for the future.

Bruce MacDonald to represent Region 3 members

April 5, 2006
HSA members in Region 3 have elected Bruce MacDonald, a social worker at Royal Columbian Hospital, as their representative on the union's Board of Directors. The other candidates for election were Tanis Blomly, a recreation therapist at Eagle Ridge Hospital, and Susan Hearsey, a physiotherapist at Burnaby Hospital.

Health science professionals bargaining association name change

April 5, 2006
An application by HSA to change the name of the bargaining association covering health science professionals has been approved by the Labour Relations Board. Effective immediately, the bargaining association will be known as the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association — a name that better reflects the work of the professionals covered by the contract. It was previously known as the Paramedical Professional Bargaining Association.

BC Federation of Labour Womens Conference

April 4, 2006
"Making Our Voices Heard"May 1 ... 3, 2006Coast Victoria Harbourside Hotel & Marina, Victoria

Details of Nurses Bargaining Association tentative agreement

April 3, 2006
The Nurses' Bargaining Association has reached a tentative agreement with the Health Employers' Association on a new contract that provides significant gains for nurses in key areas of workload and compensation. The NBA is recommending acceptance of the agreement and will be taking it out to the members for ratification.

Details of UBA tentative agreement

April 3, 2006
A tentative agreement has been reached covering 15,000 community social services workers in B.C. The four-year deal includes wage increases totalling 8.3 percent, wage parity increases, and a pension plan at the end of the agreement. An additional 1.6 percent will go into workers pockets annually after the first year, when employers resume Medical Services Plan contributions. Full-time workers will receive a $4,200 signing bonus (pro-rated for part-timers and casuals.)

Unions call for finance minister to take immediate action to ensure a deal can be done by deadline

March 31, 2006
The Union Bargaining Association (UBA) is calling on BC finance minister Carole Taylor to take immediate steps to address the "negotiating ineptitude" of the employers, and to assure community social services workers that any final agreement they are offered is comparable to what other public sector workers have received to date.Download full PDF version here

Tentative agreements reached for Nurses and Community Social Services Workers

March 31, 2006
Tentative agreements were reached today at both the Nurses and Community Social Services tables. More details will be provided in the coming days.