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PHSA labour adjustment plan completed; implementation April 4

March 15, 2016
Uncertainty for HSA members working in PHSA labs has come to an end after protracted and thorough negotiations on a workplace restructuring plan that protects staff and ensures continued quality of patient care.   More than one year after PHSA served Section 54 notice related to an overhaul in the structure of Lower Mainland pathology and laboratory services, PHSA and HSPBA have finalized the bulk of the work required for the labour adjustment plan, with implementation by April 4, 2016.  

Nurses’ bargaining in high gear

March 7, 2016
Talks between the Nurses Bargaining Association (NBA) and the Health Employers Association of BC (HEABC) for a new collective agreement are in high gear.  A second week of intensive discussions between the parties is focused on resolving issues like job security and contracting out, fixing the Pharmacare tie-in, and integrating LPNs fully into the agreement.

Mandi Ayers acclaimed as Region 10 representative on HSA Board of Directors

February 29, 2016
Mandi Ayers will return to represent HSA members in Region 10 on the HSA Board of Directors. She was acclaimed after the deadline passed with no further nominations. Ayers has served on the Womens Rights, Education, Resolutions, and Constitutional & Organization Policy committees.

Two candidates declared in election for Region 8 representative on HSA board of directors

February 29, 2016
During the next several weeks, HSA members in Region 8 will have an opportunity to elect their representative on HSA's Board of Directors. Nominations for the position closed with two members declaring their candidacy: • Cherylee Hale, a cardiology technologist at Kelowna General Hospital • Kevin Towhey, a medical radiation technologist at Royal Inland Hospital

Two candidates declared in election for Region 6 representative on HSA board of directors

February 29, 2016
During the next several weeks, HSA members in Region 6 will have an opportunity to elect their representative on HSA's Board of Directors. Nominations for the position closed with two members declaring their candidacy: • Shirley Clarkson, a registered psychiatric nurse at St. Paul's Hospital • Nancy Hay, a social worker at St. Paul's Hospital

Two candidates declared in election for Region 4 representative on HSA board of directors

February 29, 2016
During the next several weeks, HSA members in Region 4 will have an opportunity to elect their representative on HSA's Board of Directors. Nominations for the position closed with two members declaring their candidacy: • Sarah Chapple, a social worker at Vancouver General Hospital • Joseph Sebastian, a medical radiation technologist at Vancouver General Hospital

Two candidates declared in election for Region 2 representative on HSA board of directors

February 29, 2016
During the next several weeks, HSA members in Region 2 will have an opportunity to elect their representative on HSA's Board of Directors. Nominations for the position closed with two members declaring their candidacy: • Derrick Hoyt a pathologist's assistant at Victoria's Royal Jubilee Hospital • Anna Morton, a social worker at the Queen Alexandra Centre for Child Development

Benefits protected as HSPBA transitions to a joint benefits trust

February 9, 2016
Health science professionals will soon have greater control over their benefits thanks to a new joint benefits trust. The trustees will become part of an innovative and progressive approach that gives them the flexibility to design a benefit structure that aligns with members' needs. It is fitting that health science professionals were first to sign onto this initiative, given how central innovation is in their day to day practice.

Community Social Services Wage Increases to Take Effect on April 1, 2016

February 2, 2016
We're happy to announce that on April 1, 2016, the first of three compensation comparability wage increases for Community Social Services (CSS) workers will take effect. This 2.5% increase, combined with the Economic Stability Dividend of .45% will result in an increase for all members covered by the Community Living Services and General Services collective agreements.

HSA fighting for the rights of RPNs to apply for jobs without disclosing private information to BCNU

January 27, 2016
HSA is aware that the BC Nurses Union is soliciting HSA members to apply for more than 1,500 nursing jobs announced jointly with the provincial government last week. The jobs are to replace the use of casual nurses and overtime to address staffing challenges in nursing across the province.