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Community social services: Agencies in Terrace and the Kootenays striking this week

November 5, 2012
Last week, HSA members at SHARE Family and Community Services were joined by HSA President Reid Johnson at a successful protest at MLA Douglas Hornes constituency office in Port Moody. You can see photos and share your comments at facebook.com/hsabc.org. Community social service workers at agencies that support children and adults with developmental disabilities and provide numerous other community services will be on strike this week in Terrace and the Kootenays. Their message to the BC Liberal government:  stop putting vulnerable families last!

Telephone town hall meetings for information about health science professionals strike vote

November 2, 2012
Health science professionals represented by HSA are invited to participate in one of two telephone town hall meetings scheduled for next week. To join the call, simply answer your personal phone, and you will be connected. Please ensure HSA has your personal / home phone number by emailing your full name and contact info to memberlist@hsabc.org ... or you can sign in at www.hsabc.org and update your information by logging in.  

Health care unions call strike vote after negotiations break off for health science professionals

November 1, 2012
After seven months of bargaining, the provinces health science professionals ... the modern health care team that delivers the diagnostic, clinical and rehabilitation services British Columbians rely on for their health ... are taking a strike vote. The Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association (HSPBA) strike vote comes after talks broke off October 31 when the employers association (HEABC) explained it cannot engage in meaningful bargaining because of a restrictive -cooperative gains" bargaining mandate imposed by the BC government.

Community Health Services and Support: Bargaining talks stall; limited job action to commence

November 1, 2012
The Community Bargaining Association (CBA) has reviewed the employer's latest offer and has determined that there is no reason to return to the bargaining table at this time. The Health Employers Association of BC (HEABC) continues to hold the position that an increase in wages must be accompanied by an offset found within the collective agreement.

More tricks and no treats for health science professionals

October 31, 2012
The government announced today through the Health Employers Association of BC (HEABC) that bargaining a fair collective agreement for health science professionals ... who have been without a contract since April 2012 ... is not on the agenda. The day after the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association (HSPBA) tabled a framework agreement that includes a modest wage increase, HEABC returned to the table, explaining its hands are tied by the Ministry of Health, which refuses to apply the governments cooperative gains mandate for meaningful bargaining at the table.

UPDATED: Community social services: three agencies striking in Tri-Cities on November 1

October 31, 2012
Community social services professionals at three agencies that support children and adults with developmental disabilities and provide numerous other community services will be on strike tomorrow in Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam.  Striking workers will be protesting outside BC MLA Douglas Hornes office at 130 Brew Street, Port Moody on Thursday, November 1 from 10:30am to 1pm. Their message to the BC Liberal government: stop putting vulnerable families last!

Health science professionals table wage increase proposal

October 30, 2012
After more than six months of talks, the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association (HSBPA) today tabled a wage proposal in contract discussions with the Health Employers Association of BC (HEABC). The proposal is for 2% wage increases effective April 1, 2012 and April 1, 2013.

Clinical Pharmacists TV ad: Share and spread the word!

October 29, 2012
Hospital pharmacists are chronically understaffed. Theyre overextended in caring for patients who are increasingly acutely ill when they arrive at hospital. Clinical pharmacists ... along with other health science professionals -- are concerned that a chronic recruitment and retention crisis is eroding clinical care in BC. Clinical pharmacists have been speaking up to government representatives and reaching out to supporters about their important role in quality health care:

Community Social Services strike actions continue in Victoria on Tuesday, October 30

October 29, 2012
Stop ignoring critical resource needs in underfunded sector, workers tell government Rotating job actions are again underway this week in targeted community-based social services agencies, where workers are calling on government to provide the resources needed to improve their wages and working conditions. Noon-hour protest

Last Call for HSA Election Campaign School

October 25, 2012
HSA is holding a 2-day, non-partisan election campaign school for members interested in working on election campaigns or running for political office.  The school will focus on opportunities for HSA members to be involved in the May 2013 provincial election, but will also touch on municipal and federal elections.  If you want to help elect representatives who will support public health care and community social services, or are considering running for elected office, then this campaign school is for you!