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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.

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.