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HSA calls on HEABC to rescind notice of wage rollback for pharmacists

January 26, 2012
Health Sciences Association (HSA), on behalf of the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association, called on the Health Employers Association of BC (HEABC) in a meeting today to rescind the notice it gave earlier this month that it plans to roll back hospital pharmacists wages by as much as $12,000 a year. Jeanne Meyers, HSAs executive director of legal services and labour relations, said the wage rollback is short-sighted.

Nurses start bargaining: Protecting patient safety is top priority

January 26, 2012
Ensuring the safety of patients in BCs health care facilities is the priority for nurses, as they began bargaining this week for a new contract with the provinces health authorities. HSAs Registered Psychiatric Nurses are represented by Lions Gate RPN Val Barker and Senior Labour Relations Officer Pat Blomme.

HSPBA provides form for pharmacists transferring to Fraser Health Authority to fulfill obligation to new employer

January 24, 2012
In order to comply with a requirement to provideemployees transferring to Fraser Health Authority under the Lower Mainlandpharmacy consolidation, HSPBA, the bargaining association that representshospital pharmacists facing a 9 ... 14 per cent wage rollback, has developed aform for pharmacists to provide to Fraser Health Authority.   Download the form here 

Nurses Bargaining Association: RPNs set to bargain

January 23, 2012
Representatives of the Provincial Nurses Bargaining Association ... including Registered Psychiatric Nurses represented by HSA ... are heading to the bargaining table this week. The constituent unions are meeting today. Bargaining with the employer begins January 24-25. More bargaining dates are set February 20-24. RPN & Lions Gate Hospital Chief Steward Val Barker will represent HSA RPNs, along with Senior Labour Relations Officer Pat Blomme.

Report from Jan. 18 Telephone Town Hall meeting for pharmacists

January 20, 2012
This memo is available for download here.

BC Health Coalition: Premiers must focus on public innovation to strengthen Medicare

January 19, 2012
The new Health Care Innovation Working Group announced at this weeks Council of the Federation meeting is an opportunity for the provinces to build on the many positive public solutions that make Medicare stronger and avoid unaffordable for-profit care, says the BCHealth Coalition. -The provinces must look for ways to build the capacity of public non-profit health care delivery and protect the great gains in equality, access, fairness and efficiency that are the hallmark of our public health care system," said BC Health Coalition co-chair Rachel Tutte.

BC Federation of Labour gets behind student day of action

January 19, 2012
The BC Federation of Labour's officers have thrown their support behind the Canadian Federation of Students National Day of Action, Federation President Jim Sinclair announced today. See full news release.

Lower Mainland Biomedical Engineering Technologist service consolidation: Q&A meetings next week

January 19, 2012
You are invited to attend the following meetings. HSA labour relations staff will be available to answer your questions regarding the consolidation of Biomedical Engineering Technology services in the Lower Mainland. For HSA members in Fraser Health AuthorityTuesday, January 247:00 - 9:00 pmCompass Point Inn - East Fraser Room9850 King George Hwy, Surrey, BC(near King George Skytrain Station)

Cease and desist: HSA files policy grievance to stop wage rollback for pharmacists

January 17, 2012
Hospital pharmacists across BC are protesting a surprise unilateral announcement rolling back their wages and aggravating a critical recruitment and retention crisis.

Public Health Care Advocates to Premiers: Now is the Time for Leadership to Renew and Strengthen Medicare

January 17, 2012
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Jan. 16, 2012) - Council of the Federation meeting on health sustainability is an opportunity for premiers to address growing out-of-pocket health care spending on for-profit care and demand federal funding commitment to a renewed health accord. Public health care advocates and allies from across Canada are calling on premiers to work together to address health spending cost drivers while they meet in Victoria over the next two days.