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Bargaining: what it means for you

May 22, 2012
WHAT IS THE HSA CONTRACT? Collective agreements that govern the working conditions and compensation for HSA members working in the public sector expired on March 31, 2011. The union is working now on behalf of HSA members to negotiate new collective agreements. Until new collective agreements are reached, the terms and conditions of the expired agreements continue. In the public health care and social services sectors, HSA represents members covered by four collective agreements.

Bargaining update: Negotiations continue at all four tables where HSA members are represented

May 19, 2012
Negotiations continue at the Health Science Professionals, Nursing, Community Health, and Community Social Services bargaining tables, but there is limited progress to report.

May 20: Vancouver International AIDS Candlelight Memorial

May 16, 2012
AIDS Vancouver has announced details for this years International AIDS Candlelight Memorial, one of the worlds oldest and largest grassroots mobilization campaigns for HIV awareness in the world. Date: Sunday May 20th, 8 PMPlace: Alexandra Park, 1755 Beach Avenue (at Bidwell)

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.