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Wear PINK against bullying! February 29

February 28, 2012
HSA is proud to support Pink Shirt Day in BC on February 29, and encourages members to show our solidarity by wearing pink on Wednesday. The Pink Shirt Day initiative, originating in support for bullied youth, has grown to encompass concerns regarding violence in society as a whole. In particular, awareness is growing about bullying in workplaces. HSA advocates for workplaces free of bullying and urges employers to view the elimination of bullying as a cornerstone of their programs for overall safety and prevention of violence.

Teachers must be supported: A statement from BC's labour leaders

February 27, 2012
On Thursday, February 23, Education Minister George Abbott announced he was instructing his staff to unilaterally draft legislation that would impose a contract on BCs teachers. This legislation is expected as early as Monday. Premier Clark claims that there is a crisis, that there is no way forward, and that legislation will end the dispute and restore normalcy to our schools. Minister Abbott is wrong on all three counts.

Bargaining gets underway for new health science professionals contract

February 27, 2012
Bargaining for a new collective agreement for BCs 17,000 health science professionals got underway today in Vancouver. HSA is the lead union in the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association. (HSPBA) -Health science professionals are looking for fairness and respect: fair, respectful, and meaningful collective bargaining; and fair recognition of the role health science professionals play in the modern health care system," said HSA President Reid Johnson said in opening the talks with Health Employers Association of BC.

Labour adjustment plan reached in Interior Health lab reorganization

February 24, 2012
HSA and Interior Health Authority (IHA) have arrived at a Labour Adjustment Plan that reduces the negative impact on members caused by the IHAs wholesale restructuring of lab services. Under the restructured system, 52 members will be affected. There are 58 positions available for those members.

Community Social Services: Support your bargaining team: wear red to work on Monday

February 22, 2012
Community social services workers are passionate about the people we support and the community-based services we provide. Thats why your bargaining association is asking all community social services members to wear the colour red to work on Monday (February 27), as the unions representing BCs 15,000 community social services workers return to the table to begin the next round of contract negotiations.

Patients, doctors, health workers join clinical pharmacists in petition

February 22, 2012
Hospital patients, doctors, and health workers are signing a petition calling for health employers to rescind its announced wage roll back for clinical pharmacists.

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