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Employers must cease and desist applying interim classifications to protect unions bargaining rights

September 25, 2012
HSA, on behalf of the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association (HSPBA), has achieved a significant win in the continuing dispute regarding the application of interim classification modifications which affect reporting relationships and rates of pay. The interim measures were tied to the work of the Joint Classification Committee (JCC) negotiated in the 2010-2012 collective agreement and do not stand alone.

HSA ads put spotlight on members

September 20, 2012
HSA is profiling the hard work of members with a series of TV, print and on line ads running September and October. -The public will be seeing a great deal of our members this fall," said HSA President Reid Johnson. -Since the beginning of September weve been running online ads to celebrate our support for Run for the Cure and our work helping breast cancer patients with diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation and prevention. Those ads are now being boosted by print ads running in communities all over BC. 

Rally: Stand up for Women's Rights to Choose - Tuesday, September 25 @ 10am

September 19, 2012
Please see the attached poster for information on a rally organized by the B.C. Federation Of Labours Womens Rights Committee and the Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada to oppose motion M-312. This motion, put forward by Conservative MP Stephen Woodworth, is up for a second hour of debate Friday, September 21st at 1:30 pm and a vote on Wednesday, September 26th at 5:30 pm.

HEABC brings concessionary demands to health science professionals bargaining table in week that government mulls wage freezes

September 14, 2012
Bargaining for a new Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association collective agreement resumed this week against the backdrop of a pessimistic pronouncement by BCs Minister of Finance, Hon. Mike de Jong, about the state of the provinces finances. Once again, a finance minister is revising predictions that called for a rosy future and sombrely telling British Columbians that the deficit is on the rise, and costs have to be contained.

Rally Thursday Sept 13 for Community Social Services

September 12, 2012
Join us at the Vancouver Art Gallery at noon on September 13 for a public rally. All HSA members are encouraged to attend, and to bring friends and family for a strong show of support for the bargaining issues and services that community social services workers provide. A poster and leaflet are available for download.- Download poster- Download leaflet

Psychiatric nurses: bargaining continues for key priorities

September 10, 2012
Negotiators for the Nurses Bargaining Association (BC Nurses Union, Health Sciences Association, Union of Psychiatric Nurses) have been working hard to achieve a new provincial contract that addresses members top priorities - improving patient care and patient safety through safe staffing and job security. The current bargaining session, which began on August 17, was scheduled to end  August 31. Instead, bargaining carried on through the Labour Day weekend, and continues this week.

UPDATED: Community Health Services and Support: Reminder to attend info meeting and cast your ballot

September 10, 2012
Strike vote meetings for all unionized workers in the sector continue this week.  In addition, some HSA members covered by the Community Health Services and Support contract will be voting by mail-in ballot.  HSA President Reid Johnson urged members to vote YES to back fair and reasonable demands.  

Government workers to strike Sept 5; HSA members encouraged to support in solidarity

September 4, 2012
On Wednesday, September 5, the BC Government and Service Employees Union (BCGEU), Professional Employees Association (PEA) and Canadian Office & Professional Employees Union (COPE) local 378 will go on a one-day strike. Approximately 27,000 workers will strike to back their bargaining demands for a fair and reasonable contract. This will affect government offices, ICBC, and various public service sites in 153 communities across BC.

HSA members reject dues increase

August 30, 2012
HSA members have rejected a proposal to increase union dues in order to offset an unfunded liability in a union long term disability plan. The proposal for a dues increase was rejected by a margin of 84% to 16%. More than 5,000 members ... or 30 per cent of the total membership ... participated in the vote.

Unions table package of proposals in health science professionals bargaining, but all signals are that talks grinding to a halt (link fixed)

August 30, 2012
In an effort to kick-start contract talks for health science professionals, this week the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association tabled a comprehensive list of proposals ... with the exception of a wage proposal. -We made a valiant effort to move things along this week," said HSBBA chief negotiator Jeanne Meyers. -We tabled a comprehensive package of proposals for changes to the collective agreement that would address a number of issues affecting our members."