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BCGEU members to strike in demand for fair and reasonable collective agreement

June 29, 2012
Late Monday evening, the BCGEU will commence a one-day job action at BC Liquor distribution centres in Vancouver, Victoria and Kamloops. HSA members are encouraged to join the BCGEU members at each of the three locations throughout the action, but primarily from 6:00 am on Tuesday, July 3, 2012 until the action is over at the end of the day.  Please bring banners and signs that show your support. Location details are as follows:

Community Social Services: CLBC executive bonuses expose government's double standard; vote YES for a strong strike mandate

June 26, 2012
The provincial government has given community social services workers another strong motivation to attend strike vote meetings being held around BC.  Inflation is driving up the cost of living. The price of a litre of gas has climbed by 43 per cent since the last pay raise for community social services workers. Bread is up more than 11 per cent and milk more than 10 per cent. However, these are not the only double digit increases.

Community Social Services: Reminder to attend info meeting and cast your ballot

June 22, 2012
Strike vote meetings for all unionized workers in the sector continue next week. In addition to local info meetings, two thousand union members from across the province participated in a telephone town hall on Tuesday. HSA President Reid Johnson told the town hall about his background working in community social services as a family counsellor, and in community living providing vocational rehab.  ‎"I know first hand how challenging and rewarding these jobs are," he said.

Community Health Services and Support: talks adjourn for three weeks after tabling monetary proposals

June 21, 2012
Three weeks of negotiations for the renewal of the Community Health collective agreement covering 14,000 health care and administrative workers in the Community Health sub-sector concluded on Saturday, June 16 in Vancouver. Talks are scheduled to resume on July 9, 2012 for one week.

Community Health Services: Talks continue for 20 straight days

June 18, 2012
Negotiations aimed at concluding a new contract covering 16,000 health care and administrative workers in the Community Health Services and Support sub-sector continued last week in Vancouver. Talks will continue. On Monday and again on Wednesday last week, the Health Employers Association of British Columbia (HEABC) presented a broad based benefits proposal.  The Community Bargaining Association (CBA) is reviewing the proposals and we will provide you with the details when the bargaining committee has been able to get clarity.

HSA calls for consultation before Chilliwack General Hospitals rehab unit closure

June 15, 2012
The union representing rehabilitation therapists at Chilliwack General Hospital is joining community leaders in calling for consultation before the hospitals rehab unit is unilaterally closed. The Health Sciences Association represents physiotherapists, occupational therapists, social workers, and other rehab specialists across BC, including at Chilliwack General Hospital. HSA President Reid Johnson said a unilateral closure of the rehab unit is a big blow to the community. He questioned how the new plan for Fraser Health therapy services was developed.

Contract talks covering BCs modern health care professionals set to resume in August; work continues on classifications grievance

June 15, 2012
Bargaining discussions between the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association (HSPBA) and Health Employers Association of BC (HEABC) for a new collective agreement for BCs health science professionals will resume at the end of August. HSPBA Chief Negotiator Jeanne Meyers said the delay in bargaining is disappointing. The collective agreement, like many public sector collective agreements, expired on March 31, 2011.

Community Social Services: Strike vote meetings continue; invitation to telephone town hall meeting June 19

June 14, 2012
Strike vote meetingsCommunity Social Services members represented by HSA are continuing to participate across the province at multi-union information and strike vote meetings. Click here for a complete list of strike vote meetings, or visit http://www.hsabc.org/viewBulletins.php?nid=1386&cat= 

Help oppose cuts to refugee health care

June 14, 2012
Health care professionals across the country will be staging a National Day of Action for Refugee Health Care on Monday, June 18 to protest the Conservative government's cuts to the Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP). National organizations representing several health professions, including the Canadian Association of Social Workers and the Canadian Pharmacists Association, are organizing events to protest these drastic cuts, scheduled to take effect on June 30th. HSA members are encouraged to attend the Vancouver event as follows:

Younger HSA members: tell us what you think!

June 13, 2012
HSAs younger workers are a crucial and dynamic part of our union. In recent years, weve identified shifting attitudes, needs, and ideas from these members. For a better understanding of these needs and to develop a strategy for more effectively engaging and mobilizing younger workers, HSA is invites your participation in a collaborative project. To inform future HSA services and programs, we want you ... our younger workers ... to help us identify what the goals, strategies, and activities of our young worker engagement program should be.