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Labour Relations Board allows appeal to be heard on union membership for BMETs

June 22, 2005
BL10059 The Labour Relations Board has granted the Hospital Employees Union leave to appeal the boards decision to allow Biomedical Engineering Technologists to be represented by HSA. Submissions must be received by June 30. Meanwhile, arbitrator Judi Korbin has been selected to hear arguments August 2 and 3 on appropriate wage rates and other classification issues for the BMETs. At issue are entry-level wage rates, classification of supervisory positions, and opportunities for recognition of work over and above the entry level.

Help fight breast cancer: Support the Run for the Cure

June 17, 2005
BL10058 This years annual CIBC Run for the Cure, isnt until October 2, 2005, but its already time to start forming teams and fundraising for the cause.

Arbitration dates set to hear arguments for Biomedical Engineering Technologists

June 14, 2005
BL10057 An arbitrator has been selected to hear the dispute between HSA and HEABC on appropriate wage rates and other classification issues for Biomedical Engineering Technologists who recently joined HSA. Arbitrator Judi Korbin will hear arguments August 2 and 3. At issue are entry-level wage rates, classification of supervisory positions, and opportunities for recognition of work over and above the entry level.

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.