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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.

Community Social Services: More than 3000 community living 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.

Community Living job action taking place next week

January 25, 2013
Significant job action will take place in Community Living next week across British Columbia. The Community Social Services Bargaining Association is strategically escalating job action to continuepressuring the BC government. After nearly a year of bargaining, the employer - the Community SocialServices Employers Association - has not even made a monetary offer at the bargaining table.

Health science professionals resume bargaining as membership survey on governments proposal continues

January 23, 2013
Mediator Vince Ready facilitated resumption of discussions between the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association (HSPBA) and Health Employers Association of BC (HEABC) this week. HSPBA Chief Negotiator Jeanne Meyers said the two days of discussion on Monday and Tuesday were productive.

Health Sciences Association Wins Challenge of Health Authority's Punitive Attendance Management Program

January 21, 2013
Health care unions have won a significant victory protecting the rights of sick and injured workers who were being punished by Vancouver Coastal Health.