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Protecting members: responding to employers demand for consolidations in six Lower Mainland service areas

April 12, 2011
Consolidations:  an overview Last spring, Lower Mainland health employers issued a notice to HSA members working in diagnostic imaging: services throughout the Lower Mainland would be consolidated region-wide. The employers said their objective was to reduce the diagnostic imaging budget by 10 per cent. Employers have since announced plans to consolidate five other service areas, with the aim of cutting up to 10 per cent out of an already lean system. The targeted areas are:

Reid Johnson re-elected president of HSA

April 9, 2011
Delegates to the 40th annual convention of the Health Sciences Association of BC have returned Reid Johnson as president of the 17,000-strong union of health science professionals working in hospitals and communities throughout BC. Johnson has been President of the Health Sciences Association of BC since April 2007. The union represents more than 17,000 health science professionals in the public health care and community social services sectors in British Columbia.

Lower Mainland pharmacy services consolidation: talks to resume

April 6, 2011
Fraser Health Authority and union representatives are set to resume negotiations concerning the employers plans to consolidate hospital and community-based pharmacy services across the Lower Mainland.

Strike votes scheduled for HSA members working in community social services

April 6, 2011
Following more than a year and a half of negotiations, members of the community social services bargaining committee have been unable to reach a tentative collective agreement. Members gave the unions bargaining representatives direction to negotiate improvements in layoff and bumping language, and improved job security.   The committee made heroic efforts to negotiate improvements that protect members against job loss, and work within the governments "zero mandate".

Negotiations in progress for Health Information Management Lower Mainland consolidation

April 4, 2011
Since January 10 of this year, the union has met with Providence on three occasions to negotiate a labour adjustment agreement. Three more meetings are scheduled. The intent of these meetings is to negotiate a labour adjustment agreement that mitigates the impacts of the employers proposed consolidation structure for our members working in Health Information Management.

Talks break down in community social services: strike vote called

March 31, 2011
The Community Social Services Bargaining Associations last push to achieve a contract ended this week, with talks breaking off Wednesday after 18 months at the bargaining table. HSAs board of directors has approved a recommendation by HSAs representatives in the multi-union bargaining association to take a strike vote.

WE ARE ONE! Solidarity rally at Peace Arch Park this Saturday, April 2

March 29, 2011
Right wing governments are using the economic downturn to attack collective agreements and workers' right.  The B.C. Federation of Labour stands in solidarity with our brothers and sisters under attack by the Republican government of Wisconsin. The -Budget Repair Bill" adopted by the states House of Representatives includes draconian measures that eliminate fundamental rights of Wisconsin public employees, cut real wages and attempt to destroy their unions. 

May 1 - 7, 2011 Occupational Safety & Health Week

March 29, 2011
The BCFed Health & Safety Centre has scheduled training programs across the Lower Mainland during this week.  Please register and view schedule at www.healthandsafetybc.ca or call 604.430.1421. Reimbursement is available through the Madden Memorial Education Fund and application forms are available on the HSA website. printer friendly pdf

Supervisors in the Union

March 24, 2011
HSA is offering two one-day workshops at the HSA office: Dates:  Thursday, June 2, 2011 -- or -- Tuesday, June 14, 2011 HSA members who work in a supervisory role have the opportunity to attend a one-day workshop in Vancouver at the HSA office. Supervisors have particular concerns and needs and sometimes feel -caught in the middle".  One of the goals of the "Supervisors in the Union" workshop is to resolve apparent conflicts and clear the lines of communication between supervisors, stewards and HSA in order to improve working relationships.

March 26 - Community Social Services Walk in Victoria

March 23, 2011
Members on Vancouver Island are invited to participate in a walk and rally for community social services planned for Victoria on March 26. The walk is an all-inclusive celebration to raise awareness about the vital role of community social services. The walk will commence & end at Centennial Square. Date: Saturday, March 26, 2011Place: Centennial Square, VictoriaStart Time: 11:00 am Welcoming remarks: Michael "Mickey" Cook, Namgis First Nation (Alert Bay Region)