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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."

Community Health Services and Support strike vote: vote YES for a fair and reasonable contract

August 29, 2012
Talks to renew the Community Health Services and Support provincial contract have adjourned and the unions will be conducting a strike vote. HSA President Reid Johnson said that after eight long months at the bargaining table, members in community health services and support deserve a fair and reasonable deal.