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Community social service workers approve new contracts

October 17, 2011
British Columbia's frontline community-based social service workers have approved their new collective agreements. The vote was 88% in favour for General Services and 79% in favour for Community Living Services.

Join the BC Federation of Labour's show of solidarity for Occupy Wall Street

October 12, 2011
The B.C. Federation of Labour will gather at the Vancouver Art Gallery at 12:00 noon on Saturday, October 15, 2011 in solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street Movements Call for good jobs, fair taxes and strong public services.  HSA members are encouraged to support the BC Federation of Labour's show of solidarity. More information: BC Fed News Release www.occupyvancouver.com

You are invited to Health Care Drinks

October 12, 2011
Health Care Drinks is a fun and fabulous networking opportunity for those who want to connect with others to help protect and improve our amazing Canadian health care system - as a professional health worker, an advocate or as a user! Whatever your reason for coming - to meet doctors and nurses and lab techs and pharmacists and others in the sector, or to get inspired in your activism to protect Medicare - we invite you to come.

Health science professionals bargaining survey launches: We want to hear what you think

October 12, 2011
HSA has contracted with Viewpoints Research to conduct a survey of HSA members covered by the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association collective agreement about issues related to upcoming contract negotiations. Your feedback is important and valuable to your bargaining committee. If you are contacted by Viewpoints Research in the coming weeks, you are encouraged to participate in the telephone survey, which will take approximately 20 minutes to complete.

Information meetings begin this week on FHA consolidated seniority lists; HSA members encouraged to attend

October 11, 2011
In the last round of HSPBA collective bargaining, the HSPBA and HEABC agreed to a memorandum to allow consolidation of seniority lists across all health authorities.  

HSA steward elections

October 6, 2011
Elections will be held during the next 8 weeks to select members to fill the following HSA positions for the coming year: 1. Chief Steward2. Assistant Chief Steward3. General Stewards4. Occupational Health & Safety Stewards and5. Labour Council Delegates (for chapters that are, or wish to become, affiliated to their local labour council).

IHA plan for lab reorganization to be revealed; members urged to attend information meetings

October 4, 2011
At the end of August, the Interior Health Authority revealed it planned to implement a major reorganization of laboratory services in the region. The plans will be shared with IHA staff over the next two weeks at meetings where laboratory managers will introduce staff to the employers planned changes. HSA stewards will be attending these meetings to observe and, where possible, the unions labour relations officers will also be in attendance.

BC throne speech sends mixed signals in lead-up to public sector bargaining

October 4, 2011
HSA President Reid Johnson is not optimistic about media reports for a -new government mandate" for collective bargaining in 2012 after yesterdays Throne Speech from the BC government.

Sisters in Spirit vigils Oct 4

October 4, 2011
The sixth annual Sisters in Spirit Vigil will take place October 4 across Canada to honour murdered and missing Aboriginal women and their families.

Applications now available for professional development fund for HSA health science professionals

October 4, 2011
The 2010-2012 HSPBA collective agreement includes a Letter of Agreement ... Re: Professional Development Fund ... which provides for a $450,000 Professional Development Fund for use by all HSPBA members, including members represented by unions other than HSA, over the term of the collective agreement. The amount available to HSA members covered by the HSPBA contract is approximately $450,000, which includes HSAs portion of this fund plus Bill 29 funds that were approved but never claimed.