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Bruce MacDonald acclaimed as Region 3 Director

February 12, 2013
Bruce MacDonald has been selected to return as the Region 3 representative to the HSA Board of Directors. He was acclaimed after the deadline passed with no further nominations. MacDonald is a social worker at Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster. He has been a member of HSA since 2000.

Anne Davis acclaimed as Region 1 Director

February 12, 2013
Anne Davis has been selected to return as the Region 1 representative to the HSA Board of Directors. She was acclaimed after the deadline passed with no further nominations. Davis is a Program Coordinator at the Comox Valley Transition Society. She was involved in the union organizing drive to allow HSA to represent staff at the Society 19 years ago. Since then she has served as Assistant Chief Steward and as an HSA Labour Council Delegate. In this capacity, Davis currently sits as President of the Campbell River, Courtenay and District Labour Council.

Community social services return to bargaining table

February 12, 2013
Talks restart after two successful weeks of large-scale job action Last Friday, after two successful weeks of large-scale job action in community living and family services, the employer invited the multi-union bargaining association back to the bargaining table. The job action last week by nearly 3,400 community living workers affected the two largest community social service agencies in the province -- the Developmental Disabilities Association (DDA) and PosAbilities -- but also agencies in Victoria, Prince George, the Kootenays, Coquitlam, Surrey and Vancouver.

HSP tentative agreement details now available

February 8, 2013
Ratification vote meetings planned, details coming soon Details of the tentative agreement for health science professionals reached last week between the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association and Health Employers Association of BC are now available for members' review:

UPDATE: Details of health science professionals' tentative agreement now available for members to review; ratification vote meetings planned

February 8, 2013
Details of the tentative agreement for health science professionals reached last week between the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association and Health Employers Association of BC are now available for members review at the HSA website at www.hsabc.org. A link to the downloadable report will be emailed to members. Members who do not have an email address registered with HSA will receive a hard copy of the booklet by mail. Booklets will also be available through your stewards after February 15.

Nearly 500 family service workers on strike

February 6, 2013
Nearly 500 family service workers across British Columbia are striking on Wednesday, February 6 and Thursday, February 7. Family service workers work with vulnerable families. They intervene when children or youth are at risk. They help with substance addictions. They work with teenage or single parents trying to make ends meet. They provide family counselling, vocational and life skills training, job placement services, assessment, therapy, infant and supported child development, and autism intervention.

Nearly 500 family service workers on strike

February 6, 2013
Nearly 500 family service workers across British Columbia are striking on Wednesday, February 6 and Thursday, February 7. 

RPNs: BC PharmaCare tie-in starts February 1

January 31, 2013
In the last round of bargaining, the Nurses Bargaining Association negotiated changes to the extended health care plan. Prescription drug coverage now includes a PharmaCare tie-in. The change will go into effect on February 1, 2013. The NBA agreed to introduce a managed formulary through the PharmaCare tie in to help manage rising costs, and ensure that members can continue to obtain the medications they need, or an equivalent alternative.

Registered Psychiatric Nurses: BC PharmaCare tie-in goes into effect February 1

January 31, 2013
In the last round of bargaining, the Nurses Bargaining Association negotiated changes to the extended health care plan.  Prescription drug coverage now includes a PharmaCare tie-in. The change will go into effect on February 1, 2013. The NBA agreed to introduce a managed formulary through the PharmaCare tie in to help manage rising costs, and ensure that members can continue to obtain the medications they need, or an equivalent alternative. 

Community Social Services: More than 3000 workers going on strike

January 29, 2013
Nearly 3,400 community living workers who support adults, children and infants with disabilities and their families are going on strike, starting Wednesday, January 30. The 24-hour job action will affect Richmond-based Developmental Disabilities Association (DDA) and Burnaby-based PosAbilities, the two largest community social service agencies in British Columbia. Agencies in Vancouver, Victoria, Prince George, Chilliwack, Coquitlam, Kamloops, Vanderhoof, Trail, Salmon Arm, Castlegar, Creston and Cranbrook will also be picketed.