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VIEW TENTATIVE AGREEMENT LANGUAGE, ratification meeting schedule: HSA Board of Directors recommends support for community social services deal

September 7, 2011
HSAs board of directors has voted to recommend members vote ‘yes in favour of the tentative collective agreement reached last month between the Community Social Services Union Bargaining Association of the Community Social Services Employers Association (CSSEA). The tentative agreement was supported unanimously by the multi-union bargaining committee, and was reached without third-party involvement for the first time in the sector's bargaining history.

$70 M budget lift needed immediately to stem community living crisis, halt growing safety risks and restore public confidence

September 1, 2011
The BC Community Living Action Group (BC‐CLAG) strongly urges Premier Christy Clark to act immediately to approve $70 million in new provincial funding to stem the provinces growing community living crisis. A BC‐CLAG analysis of Community Living BC (CLBC) projections shows that at least $70 million is needed immediately to address the existing support backlog. Each year, hundreds of youths with developmentaldisabilities reach the age of 19 and turn to CLBC as they age out of supports funded by the Ministry for Children and Families.

HSA condemns IHA flouting of collective agreement and Bill 29 in lab reorganization

August 29, 2011
The Health Sciences Association has learned that Interior Health Authority is planning a major reorganization of laboratory services in the region, and is condemning the Authoritys failure to consult the union when members jobs and service to patients are to be affected. August 25, HSA learned that Interior Health Authority plans to reorganize laboratory services and that supervisory duties will potentially be stripped from long-service employees.

Meetings scheduled to hear your concerns about on call and call back

August 25, 2011
Members concerned about requirements for on call and call back work are encouraged to participate in a series of meetings in the Lower Mainland hosted by HSA over the next few weeks. Many health science professionals have expressed concern that they have dangerously little rest between shifts because they are required to be on call and work call-backs. As part of the new collective agreement, the employer and unions have committed to a working group to review current practices and provide recommendations.

Statement from the BC Federation of Labour on the passing of Jack Layton

August 24, 2011
Statement from the BC Federation of Labour on the passing of Jack Layton.

On-call and call back conference call for members working in CT scheduled for 7 p.m. tonight

August 22, 2011
Members iin the Lower Mainland who are concerned about requirements for on call and call back work are encouraged to participate in discipline-specific conference calls starting tonight, Monday Augus 22 at 7 p.m., for members who work in CT. Call in numbers Toll free         1.877.385.4099 Local               604.899.2339 Participant access code     58180 Conference calls for other disciplines are scheduled as follows:

BCFed Health & Safety Centre

August 16, 2011
The BC Federation of Labour is offering a number of occupational health and safety courses throughout the province.  Members may apply for reimbursement of course fees under the OH&S education budget.

Tentative agreement reached in community social services

August 15, 2011
A tentative agreement has been reached for British Columbias 15,000 community-based social service workers, thereby averting a strike. Talks went into the weekend to avert looming job action. Key bargaining demands were met, as the tentative agreement improves job security and fair work practices for workers, such as bumping, job selection language and bullying. In addition, the government has approved a $600,000 retraining grant for workers in the sector. The bargaining association unanimously recommends the settlement.

Community social services: final bargaining push

August 12, 2011
Last ditch community social services bargaining talks resumed August 9, and lasted through the week. Talks are set to continue on Monday. Your bargaining committee has been clear that any agreement must focus on your key demands - namely job security, fair work practices, and dealing with the continuing bleeding of jobs and decimation of services in the sector. On May 30, you gave your bargaining committee an 82% strike mandate, which expires on August 30. Any agreement must be reached before that date.

Fraser Health Authority: upcoming consolidation of seniority lists

August 11, 2011
The Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association and the Fraser Health Authority will soon begin discussions towards moving to a single seniority list for all health science professionals in the Fraser Health Authority.