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Community Social Services: Limited progress at bargaining table

May 15, 2012
Community Social Services bargaining resumed for the week of April 30, with limited progress. The union bargaining committee ... the Community Social Services Bargaining Association (CSSBA) ... is continuing to make the case for a fair and reasonable deal at the bargaining table, including a wage increase. The committee is also pushing back on concessionary demands by the employer.

Conference focuses on women making change

May 4, 2012
http://www.nupge.ca/content/4967/women-4-change-training-session-huge-success-ottawa

Community Health talks adjourn; back to table May 28

May 4, 2012
The Community Bargaining Association (CBA) met this week in Vancouver to exchange and discuss proposals with the Health Employers Association of British Columbia (HEABC).

Registered Psychiatric Nurses: Negotiators working on three key issues

May 3, 2012
During two weeks of bargaining for a new provincial contract (April 16-27), negotiators for the Nurses Bargaining Association and Health Employers Association of BC debated three key issues without coming to a resolution. Negotiators will pick up discussions when bargaining resumes next month. The issues debated are: 1. Health authority-wide seniority will improve nurses mobility and ensure nurses can maximize the value of their seniority rights. Both the unions and the employers proposed this concept, and its close to resolution.

Radio Labour podcast features Canadian origins of the International Day of Mourning

April 27, 2012
Most people think International Health and Safety Day was started by a government or maybe the United Nations. Not so. It was started by a little health and safety committee in Canada in 1984. Observance of the day has spread to more than 60 countries. RadioLabour has prepared a special programme about International Health and Safety Day. It features an interview with Anthony Pizzino, the Director of Research and Health and Safety for the Canadian Union of Public Employees.

May Day events planned for Vancouver, Prince George, and Penticton

April 26, 2012
Vancouver - May 1: The celebration will run through the afternoon and evening.

April 28: National Day of Mourning for workers killed and injured on the job

April 25, 2012
All workers and their families are invited to pay tribute to workers who have been injured or killed on the job, or stricken with occupational disease.   HSA President Reid Johnson said injury and fatality rates in BC are still far too high. "On the Day of Mourning, we honour workers who have died -- and we recommit to the fight to improve workplace health and safety," he said.

HSA extends message of support to Prince George members

April 25, 2012
Health Sciences Association of BC offers its condolences to members, their families, and community as they deal with the devastating tragedy of the fire at the Lakeland Sawmill in Prince George "On behalf of all HSA members, I offer our thoughts and prayers to our colleagues and their families in Prince George," said HSA President Reid Johnson. -The tragedy in Prince George has affected the whole community, including the many HSA members who were called on to respond to emergency medical demands resulting from the explosion and fire," he said.

HEABC still not ready to defend refusal to implement contract; arbitration delayed

April 24, 2012
After months of preparation, the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association (HSPBA) appeared before arbitrator John Hall Monday to argue an application for interim relief in a policy grievance that alleges HEABC is in contravention of the 2010-2012 HSPBA collective agreement for failing or refusing to work towards the objectives agreed to in bargaining.

Community health bargaining: unions, employer resume talks

April 24, 2012
The Community Bargaining Association (CBA) resumed bargaining last week in Vancouver, exchanging and discussing proposals for four days with the Health Employers Association of British Columbia (HEABC). The parties discussed several issues and exchanged proposals on previously tabled proposals.  Most of the non-monetary issues have been canvassed, and this week work continue to narrow the differences or gain agreement on many issues members have identified as important.