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International Day of Persons with Disabilities: inclusion for all

December 3, 2012
On December 3, the world recognizes International Day of Persons with Disabilities. The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is calling on all levels of government in Canada to make full participation in society for people with disabilities a policy priority. People with disabilities already make a considerable contribution to our society but they could do so much more if the barriers to their participation are removed.

Health science professionals delay job action by one day ... pharmacists to be reduced Thursday, Dec. 6

December 2, 2012
In order to demonstrate support for continued bargaining, the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association has delayed plans for rotating strikes by one day. Instead of reducing pharmacy services to essential service levels Wednesday, the job action will commence Thursday, December 6 at 9 a.m. and continue until midnight Thursday.

HSA negotiates elimination of punitive aspects of BCs policy on mandatory flu vaccinations

November 30, 2012
On the eve of the implementation of a new province-wide policy that threatened to fire health science professionals who refused to declare whether they had been vaccinated against seasonal flu, Health Sciences Association  has negotiated an agreement that sees the government back off on the policys punitive aspects.

Rally for fairness tomorrow

November 27, 2012
Come join 2000 delegates to the BC Federation of Labour convention to call for fairness for all workers: DATE: Wednesday, November 28 TIME: noon -- convene between East and West Vancouver Convention buildings, 1055 Canada Place noon-12:30pm -- march to Vancouver Art Gallery

Community health services and support workers strike at VCMHS; community social services workers strike at Cameray Family and Community Services

November 27, 2012
Community social services workers (represented by HSA) are on strike tomorrow, as are community health services and support workers (represented by CUPE) at Vancouver Community Mental Health. (HSA also represents health science professionals at VCMHS, who are not on strike.)   Community health services and support  

Health science professionals issue strike notice after employers pull a no-show at scheduled bargaining

November 23, 2012
Bargaining for a new contract for BCs health science professionals was to resume yesterday for the first time since health science professionals delivered a 90 per cent strike vote to support the bargaining committees proposals for a fair and reasonable collective agreement. Bargaining had broken off October 31.

Community social service workers striking in Surrey Nov. 15; targeting Minister of Children and Families

November 14, 2012
Community social service workers who provide counselling, mental health, transition housing, but also family, children and immigrant services in Surrey will be on strike tomorrow. HSA members are not directly affected by strike action on November 15 ... but please show your solidarity on your personal time by supporting the protest.

Locations for Health Science Professionals strike vote meetings

November 13, 2012
UPDATED November 14, 2012 at  5:32 pm HSA has been at the bargaining table for seven months working to negotiate a new collective agreement. Talks broke down October 31. After seven months, the HEABC and the government have nothing to offer: No response to a wage demand. No response to repeated requests for costing on budget saving measures, including reorganizations and wellness programs. No agreement to proposals to reduce the risks to patients and health care professionals, who currently do not have sufficient sleeping hours free from call.

Community social services workers on strike in the Okanagan and Cariboo today & tomorrow

November 13, 2012
Community social services workers from agencies that support children and adults with developmental disabilities and provide numerous other community services will be on strike this week in the Okanagan (Vernon, Armstrong) and the Cariboo (Quesnel, Williams Lake). Striking workers want to send a message to the B.C. Liberal government: stop putting vulnerable families last!

Does your position qualify for an upwards reclassification with retroactivity?

November 9, 2012
Does your position qualify for an upwards reclassification with retroactivity? HSA has been working to identify non-supervisory and supervisory positions which may qualify for an upwards reclassification pursuant to a May 2012 grievance settlement agreement. See page 2 for action you must take prior to November 30th if your position satisfies the following definition: