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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.

Community Social Services: Job action likely even as CSSBA returns to bargaining table

August 28, 2012
Public rally on Sept. 13 in support of community social services With a strong strike mandate backing members demands for a fair deal in General Services and Community Living Services, the Community Social Services Bargaining Association (CSSBA) will meet with employers on September 17 and 18. Potential job action is likely without a change in governments restrictive so-called -cooperative gains" bargaining approach. It dictates that all public sector workers must find -savings" in their collective agreement to fund any wage increase.

Employers continue to violate collective agreement by making classification changes, HSA charges; arbitration decision to be handed down after November

August 27, 2012
In spite of the unions cease and desist request and an active arbitration about employers failure to adhere to certain terms and conditions negotiated in the 2010-2012 HSPBA collective agreement, employers continue to implement classification changes. HSA, on behalf of the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association, charged that HEABC has contravened the collective agreement by failing or refusing to work towards fulfillment of the objectives outlined for the Joint Classification Committee, negotiated in the 2010-2012 collective agreement.

HSA encourages members to vaccinate against flu; will investigate implications of new policy requiring surgical masks for those who don't

August 24, 2012
BCs Provincial Health Officer Perry Kendall yesterday announced new measures for influenza prevention among health care workers and patients.