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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.

HSA members urged to vote in municipal election

November 15, 2011
On Saturday, November 19, 2011 British Columbians head to the polls to elect mayors, municipal councillors, school trustees, and regional district representatives. These local representatives make decisions that affect our everyday lives, and play a critical role in making our neighbourhoods, towns, and regions places where we want to live.  Local politicians are also an important voice for our communities with higher levels of government, speaking up for communities on important local, provincial and federal issues. 

Occupy movement is here to stay

November 15, 2011
The Occupy movement is here to stay. It will morph into something else. But its not going away until there are serious reforms to our economy and democracy, says NUPGE President James Clancy in a commentary.  

HEABCs refusal to live up to bargained classifications commitment contravenes collective agreement, HSPBA charges

November 14, 2011
After months of working to ensure that HEABC was taking certain collective agreement obligations seriously, the HSPBA filed a policy grievance last week, charging that HEABC is refusing to adhere to the terms and conditions negotiated in the 2010-2012 HSPBA Collective Agreement.

Vancouver Coastal Health postpones plans for -Allied Health Redesign"

November 14, 2011
On October 13th, Vancouver Coastal Health announced it was postponing its third of three Working Group Sessions to a later date. They have now announced that their session will be delayed into January. HSA Membership Services Coordinator Kathy McLennan said the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association welcomes this postponement. -VCH caused much uncertainty and worry with their announcement in August that it plans to redesign the Allied Health Professional Leadership structure," she said.