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International Women's Day - 2011

January 26, 2011
Vancouver & District Labour Council Women's Committee invites you to: 100 YEARS OF CELEBRATING WOMEN Thursday, March 3Doors Open:  5:30 p.m.Dinner:  6:45 p.m. Fraserview Hall8240 Fraser Street Please see attached poster for more details and to please post.

UPDATE: Community social services: Urgent bargaining meetings

January 25, 2011
Negotiations with community social service employers broke off in December. At this time of uncertainty, job cuts, and layoffs, employment security demands are the best opportunity we have to protect jobs and vital public community services. Yet employers are asking for concessions at the bargaining table and refuse to discuss employment security or improvements to your working conditions. There is no money for wages or benefits improvements. Your bargaining committee urgently needs to hear members' thoughts about possible options and next steps.

Health Science Professionals tentative agreement details now available; town hall information meetings scheduled

January 21, 2011
Details of the tentative agreement between the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association and Health Employers Association of BC reached last month are now available on the HSA website at www.hsabc.org.

Additional OH&S Steward workshop scheduled

January 21, 2011
Due to increased demand for OH&S steward training, HSA is offering the following workshop: Basic OH&S Steward Training (2-day workshop):  May 2 & 3, 2011 Please apply ASAP as workshops have been filling up quickly.Pre-registration forms are available from the HSA website at www.hsabc.org. For more information, contact Leila Lolua at the HSA Office.

Important meeting for HSA members in health information management

January 21, 2011
HSA members working throughout the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley received notice Jan 10, 2011 of a region-wide plan to consolidate health information management services in the Lower Mainland. Important meetings to discuss how the consolidation plan may affect the jobs of HSA members working in health information management will be held as follows. Members are invited to attend any of the three information meetings.

HSA offers election campaign school

January 14, 2011
HSA is holding a 2-day, non-partisan election campaign school for members who are interested in working on election campaigns or running for political office. The school will discuss opportunities for HSA members to be involved in municipal elections scheduled for the fall of 2011, as well as a likely federal election and possible provincial election in 2011. If you want to help elect representatives who will support public health care and community social services, or are considering running for elected office, then HSAs election campaign school is for you!

Employers issue notice of consolidation that will affect jobs in health records administration

January 12, 2011
The four health authorities operating in the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley ... Fraser Health Authority, Providence Health Care, Provincial Health Services Authority, and Vancouver Coastal Health Authority ... announced this week plans for consolidating and restructuring health records administration. The employer issued Section 54 notice to HSA. The notice is a requirement of the BC Labour Code if an employer intends to make changes that affect the terms, conditions, or security of employment of a number of employees.

THE FUTURE OF MEDICARE - A vision for a renewed public health care system

January 6, 2011
Join Libby Davies, MP and Don Davies, MP, for an important discussion. Thursday, January 20th:  7pm to 9pmMount Pleasant Neighbourhood House800 East Broadway @ Prince Albert, 1 block east of Fraser With special guest panelists: • Megan Leslie and Adrian Dix, Federal NDP and BC NDP Health Critics• Rachel Tutte, Co-Chair of the BC Health Coalition• Sylvia MacLeay, President of the Council of Senior Citizens of BC• Guest speaker from Canadian Doctors for Medicar

Nominations open for David Bland Memorial Award

January 5, 2011
Six years ago, in 2005, David Bland, a vocational rehabilitation counsellor and HSA member from Richmond Mental Health, was murdered at his workplace by a former client.  His tragic death served as a sombre reminder that more needs to be done to prevent incidents of violence in the workplace and to protect health care ands social services workers on the job. 

Tentative agreement reached for health science professionals

December 23, 2010
A tentative agreement has been reached between the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association (HSPBA) and Health Employers Association of BC (HEABC). Health science professionals are members of the modern health care team who deliver clinical, diagnostic and rehabilitation services in hospitals and communities throughout the province. Reid Johnson, HSA president, said the agreement meets objectives set by HSAs bargaining proposal conference in November 2009, despite bargaining in a tough economic climate.