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Community social services: Tentative deal reached

March 4, 2013
After a marathon bargaining session of 13 days, the multi-union Community Social Services Bargaining Association (CSSBA) has reached a tentative collective agreement with the employer. The two-year proposed agreement includes an across the board wage increase while protecting health and welfare benefits. Highlights include:

Invitation to participate: Cancer prevention study for shift workers

February 26, 2013
The Canadian Cancer Society – UBC Cancer Prevention Centre invites HSA members to participate in this study: Are you a woman who works shifts? You may be eligible to participate in a sleep improvement program that may improve your quality of life, and help reduce breast cancer. Research has shown that women shift workers exposed to light at night are at increased risk for breast cancer.

Community social services: Bargaining underway

February 25, 2013
There has been some progress at the bargaining table over the last week, and discussions continued through the weekend. The community social services bargaining committee hopes to reach a fair and reasonable agreement, including a wage increase. Your multi-union bargaining committee remains focused on the issues that were identified as priorities by our members. HSA will continue to provide updates once bargaining concludes.

Community Health collective agreement ratified

February 18, 2013
Workers in Community Health have voted 86% per cent in favour of a two-year contract that provides an across-the-board wage increase, and improved workplace and scheduling provisions. The agreement comes after one year of difficult negotiations with the Health Employers' Association of BC (HEABC). Ratification votes were held across the province over the past four weeks. Highlights include:

Telephone town hall provides information on HSP ratification vote

February 15, 2013
Health science professionals represented by HSA are invited to participate in one of two telephone town hall meetings scheduled for next week. Telephone town hall meeting details:

Five candidates declared in election for Region 5

February 12, 2013
Winner will serve as representative on HSA Board of Directors During the next several weeks, HSA members in Region 5 will have an opportunity to elect their representative on HSA's Board of Directors.Nominations for the position closed with five members declaring their candidacy:

Janice Morrison acclaimed as Region 9 Director

February 12, 2013
Janice Morrison has been selected to return as the Region 9 representative to the HSA Board of Directors. She was acclaimed after the deadline passed with no further nominations. Morrison is a physiotherapist at Kootenay Lake Hospital. She was first elected to the Board of Directors in 2009.

Marg Beddis acclaimed as Region 7 Director

February 12, 2013
Marg Beddis has been selected to return as the Region 7 representative to the HSA Board of Directors. She was acclaimed after the deadline passed with no further nominations. Beddis is a dietitian at Surrey Memorial Hospital. She was first elected to the Board of Directors in 2007. She currently serves as an LTD trustee, chairs the Political Action Committee and sits on the union's Finance and Run for the Cure committees. She has also worked on the union's Education and Elections Committees.

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.