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Health science professionals open contract negotiations February 27

February 22, 2012
Health science professionals are scheduled to begin negotiations for a new collective agreement next week. HSA President Reid Johnson said health science professionals will be looking for strong indications early on that government and its bargaining agent, Health Employers Association of BC (HEABC), are prepared to address fundamental issues.

REMINDER: Celebrating International Womens Day - Knowing our History ... Shaping our Future

February 21, 2012
Thursday, March 8, 2012HSA Office, Vancouver HSA invites women members to participate in a workshop that combines celebrating International Womens Day and in-house HSA training.            Part of the goal this day is to:

Plan for restructuring of rehab services in VCH threatens quality care; important meeting for OTs and PTs set for Tuesday

February 17, 2012
HSPBA, the union bargaining association that represents physiotherapists and occupational therapists delivering crucial patient services at Vancouver Coastal Health Authority hospitals and agencies, is speaking out against a proposed restructuring that threatens to affect the quality of services delivered to patients.

Addressing a 91% injury rate for ultrasound technologists

February 15, 2012
Ten years ago, a survey of BC ultrasound technologists found 91% of them had suffered work-related injuries at some point in their careers. Medical literature still says 80% of sonographers seek medical treatment for musculoskeletal injuries, 17% miss work due to the symptoms of their injuries, and 15% reduce their duties to recover. The Health Sciences Association of BC teamed up with WorkSafeBC to investigate how to prevent these injuries and develop a range of solutions. A ground-breaking partnership to seek solutions

Community health negotiations slowed by employers lack of preparation

February 14, 2012
Unions in the Community Bargaining Association (CBA) are disappointed by the pace of talks so far with the Health Employers Association of BC (HEABC) after a second week of negotiations in Vancouver. The CBA has tabled housekeeping proposals, language on bullying and harassment, live-in and overnight shifts as well as proposals to renew many of the existing Memorandum of Agreements without changes.  However, HEABC has yet to table any proposals or to respond to the majority of what the CBA has presented.

Lower Mainland Biomedical Engineering Technology Services Consolidation: talks end without agreement

February 10, 2012
Despite the unions efforts to negotiate a labour adjustment agreement stemming from the employers plan to consolidate biomedical engineering services in the Lower Mainland, talks have broken off, due to the employers inappropriate actions and activities during the Section 54 process. The employer then transferred BMETs to Providence Health Care on February 3.

Election to be held for Region 2 Director

February 10, 2012
During the next several weeks, HSA members in Region 2 will have an opportunity to elect their representative on HSAs Board of Directors. Nominations for the position closed on February 9th with two members declaring their candidacy: Val Avery, a Physiotherapist  at Royal Jubilee  Hospital in Victoria; and

Brendan Shields acclaimed as Region 4 Director

February 10, 2012
HSA members in Region 4 have elected Brendan Shields to a second term as their representative to the HSA Board of Directors. Brendan was acclaimed after the February 9th deadline passed with no further nominations.  Brendan is a Music Therapist who has worked in a variety of health care settings in Fraser Health and Vancouver Coastal Health.  He currently works, and serves as a Steward, at Richmond Hospital.

HSA members re-elect Anita Bardal as Region 6 Director

February 10, 2012
HSA members in Region 6 have elected Anita Bardal to a second term as their representative on the unions Board of Directors.  Anita was acclaimed after the February 9th deadline passed with no further nominations.  Anita works as a medical radiation technologist at St. Pauls Hospital in Vancouver, where she continues to serve as a Steward. Anita currently chairs HSAs Run for the Cure Committee and serves on the Education Committee and Womens Committee.  She is also a Constituency Liaison.

HSA members re-elect Allen Peters as Region 8 Director

February 10, 2012
HSA members in Region 8 have once again elected Allen Peters as their representative to the HSA Board of Directors. Allen was acclaimed after the February 9th deadline passed with no further nominations. Allen is a medical imaging technologist at Nicola Valley General Hospital in Merritt, where he continues to serve as an Occupational Health & Safety Steward.