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Community Health Services & Support: Members to begin negotiations

January 17, 2012
Representatives of HSAs Community Health Services & Support workers are set to begin talks with the employer January 23. Delegates to a bargaining proposal meeting in October put wages and benefits at the top of the priority list. Members also directed their representatives to the bargaining table to seek improvements in vacation, anti-bullying language, job security, mileage rates and support for a transit subsidy, and professional development and education.

HEABC announces plan to roll back pharmacist wages by up to 14 per cent

January 9, 2012
HEABC served notice last week that it plans to eliminate a market adjustment for pharmacists effective April 1, 2012. The market adjustment, introduced to address chronic issues of recruitment and retention, has effectively stemmed the flow of pharmacists away from hospitals in British Columbia since 2006. -HEABCs notice to cut pharmacists wages by 9 to 14 per cent is short-sighted and ill considered," said Jeanne Meyers, HSAs Executive Director of Legal Services and Labour Relations.

41st Annual HSA Convention to be held April 19 - 21, 2012 in Vancouver

January 6, 2012
The next HSA Annual Convention will take place April 19-21, 2012 at the Westin Bayshore Hotel in Vancouver. All HSA members are welcome to attend and speak at the convention.  However, only delegates have the right to vote. For chapters with 49 or fewer members, the HSA chief steward is the sole delegate.  If the chief steward is not attending convention, an alternate should be identified.  Chapters with more than 49 members are entitled to one additional delegate for each additional 50 members or portion thereof.

...Therefore be it resolved

January 3, 2012
HSA members will soon be preparing for the 2012 HSA Convention, to be held April 19, 20, and 21, 2012 at the Westin Bayshore Hotel in Vancouver. Conventions are the unions annual meeting where chapters from around the province determine the future direction of the union.  Policies, actions, constitutional amendments, structural changes are all discussed and debated at convention.

Policy grievance charging HEABC is violating contract referred to arbitration

December 14, 2011
HEABC has denied the policy grievance in which HSPBA charged that the employer is refusing to adhere to the terms and conditions negotiated in the in 2010-12 HSPBA collective agreement, and the grievance has been referred to arbitration. HSA, on behalf of the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association, says HEABC has contravened the collective agreement by failing or refusing to work towards fulfillment of the objectives outlined for the Joint Classification Committee, negotiated in the 2012-2012 collective agreement.

Scholarships and bursaries available for HSA members and their families

December 8, 2011
HSA is offering scholarships and bursaries to all members and their children.  Ten scholarships will be awarded for full-time studies, twenty bursaries for full-time studies and four bursaries for part-time studies.  Two aboriginal scholarships will be awarded to aboriginal students in BC. The criteria and details are set out on the application forms.  To obtain a copy please see the HSA website.

Municipal Pension Plan seminars scheduled for HSA members

December 7, 2011
The Municipal Pension Plan has scheduled seminars for HSA members as follows: • Tuesday, March 27, 2012: Dawson Creek• Wednesday, April 18, 2012: Terrace Two seminars will be offered at each location, with one geared to new and mid-career members, and the other geared to members nearing retirement. 4:30 ... 6 p.m. Your Pension, Your Future seminar provides information for new and mid-career members.  This seminar will provide information to help you understand your pension plan, and the options your plan affords you for the future.

December 6: Ending violence against women

December 2, 2011
December 6 marks the anniversary of the Montréal massacre of 14 young women at the École Polytechnique. Violence against women continues to be a serious issue in Canada:

December 1: World AIDS Day highlights need for continued action

November 29, 2011
In 2009, a global survey found that fifty per cent of educated youths admit they dont know enough about HIV and AIDS, according to AIESEC International, the worlds largest student organization. However, in the decade since the United Declaration of Commitment on HIV/AIDS was signed in 2001, HIV infections have been reduced by 17 per cent, according to the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and the World Health Organization. HSA members working to support people living with HIV and AIDS know that there are more people than ever living with HIV in BC.

2012 bargaining must be about respect and regaining BCs competitive edge, HSA says

November 23, 2011
After three days of working through proposals from members and developing direction for 2012 bargaining, HSAs health science professionals elected members to the negotiating committee with a mandate to demand respect at the bargaining table. HSA President Reid Johnson said the Liberal governments -net zero" mandate of 2010 has been renamed a -cooperative gains" mandate. -HSA members served notice at the beginning of this year that continuing to fall behind our counterparts in other provinces is not an option.