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PPBA collective agreements now available for members

June 6, 2005
 BL10056 The provincial agreement between the Paramedical Professional Bargaining Association and the Health Employers Association of BC effective April 1, 2004 - March 31, 2006 has been printed and is now available. Employers are responsible for ensuring all members working under the contract receive a copy. If you do not receive a copy of the contract, you may request one through the human resources department or contact at your workplace.

Biomedical Engineering Technologists headed for Arbitration

May 20, 2005
 BL10054 HEABC and HSA have failed to reach an agreement on an appropriate wage rate and other classification issues arising from the Biomedical Engineering Technologists (BMETs) placement into the Paramedical Professional Collective Agreement as a result of a May 6th ruling by the Labour Relations Board.  The LRB ruling simply places the BMETs into the existing PPBA agreement and is not the same as an expired collective agreement in which the parties can bargain new provisions.

HSA to represent Biomedical Engineering Technologists

May 9, 2005
BL10050  The BC Labour Relations Board has ruled that two hundred Biomedical Engineering Technologists working in BC hospitals are appropriately represented by HSA. This follows a previous ruling by the LRB that designated Biomedical Engineering Technologists as paramedical professionals, but did not resolve the issue of union representation. HSA holds the paramedical professional certification at all of the hospitals where Biomedical Engineering Technologists work.

Education Leave Fund

April 18, 2005
EB05-08 Last chance to apply for funding Paramedical Bargaining Association members are eligible to apply for Education Leave Funding. The one million dollar Education Leave Fund, a provision of the 2001 - 2004 Paramedical Professional Collective Agreement, provided financial assistance to health science professionals to attend educational programs for professional advancement and career enhancement. This was one-time funding and insufficient funds remain to provide further wage replacement.

Help make your workplace safe!Spring 2005 OH&S Basic Steward Training

March 17, 2005
EB05-05 HSA is offering an extra two-day basic OH&S steward workshop this spring on: Dates: May 9 and 10, 2005 Location: HSA office, 300 - 5118 Joyce Street, Vancouver

Single seniority list agreements reached for all HSA members in Vancouver Coastal Health Authority

February 25, 2005
BL10031 All Health Sciences Association members who work in the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority and are covered by the Paramedical Professional Bargaining Association and Nurses Bargaining Association collective agreements will benefit from agreements reached to develop single seniority lists for each of the bargaining associations.

Single seniority list agreements reached for all HSA members in Vancouver Coastal Health Authority

February 25, 2005
BL10031 All Health Sciences Association members who work in the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority and are covered by the Paramedical Professional Bargaining Association and Nurses Bargaining Association collective agreements will benefit from agreements reached to develop single seniority lists for each of the bargaining associations.

NEWS RELEASE: Government announcement on health worker safety falls short, says HSA

January 26, 2005
Subject: HSA Reacts to Government Announcement on Health Workers The Health Sciences Association says today's government announcement that it will expand a program to track health and safety incidents is not enough to ensure health care workers are safe in their workplaces. "Today's announcement to complete a system to track health and safety incidents by computer is a fine project, but it does nothing to immediately reduce the incidence of injury and occupational disease for health care workers," HSA President Cindy Stewart said.

HSA mourns loss of member David Bland; calls for commitment to reduce risk of workplace violence

January 21, 2005
BL10021 HSA members have reacted with shock to this week's violent and deadly attack on HSA member David Bland, a recreation therapist with the Richmond Mental Services Health Team. "On behalf of HSA, I extend condolences to David's family, friends and co-workers. Words cannot express the sorrow we all are feeling at losing a member of our team, particularly under such violent circumstances," HSA President Cindy Stewart said.