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Vancouver City Council passes motion calling for the restoration of VGH domestic violence program

October 8, 2010
In a unanimous vote last night, Vancouver City Council passed a motion calling for the restoration of the outpatient Domestic Violence Program at Vancouver General Hospital. VGH closed the clinic in a surprise move this summer, with no consultation with emergency room staff or with the community. HSA Region 4 Director Brendan Shields spoke in support of the motion on behalf of the union.

We want to hear what you think

October 7, 2010
HSA has contracted with Viewpoints Research to conduct a survey of HSA members on issues related to current contract negotiations. Your feedback is important and valuable to your bargaining committee.  If you are contacted by Viewpoints Research in the coming week, we encourage you to participate in the telephone survey, which will take approximately 20 minutes to complete. Please contact Miriam Sobrino at msobrino@hsabc.org at the HSA office if you have any questions or concerns.

Running for the cure: HSA members make a difference

October 5, 2010
Hundreds of HSA members across the province participated in Sunday's Run for the Cure. Charmaine Nathan (medical radiation clinical educator, St. Paul's Hospital) brought her daughter. Send us yourphotos! If we use your photo on our website or in The Report magazine, we'll send you a gift package. Send your photos to jdavis@hsabc.org 

Fraser Health Authority to lay off Registered Psychiatric Nurses, RNs

October 5, 2010
Fraser Health Authority announced last week that it is reducing the number of Registered Psychiatric Nurses and RNs caring for seniors in residential care. FHA is laying off approximately a dozen Registered Psychiatric Nurses, among more than 100 nurses to be laid off in FHA-owned and -operated facilities. The FHA layoffs affect RPNs and RNs at these sites:

DI CONSOLIDATION MEETINGS: Locations confirmed

October 4, 2010
Labour adjustment agreement reached in consolidation of diagnostic imaging services throughout Lower Mainland HSA has completed negotiations with Lower Mainland health authorities for a transition to a region-wide consolidation of diagnostic imaging services. The agreement allows for the significant restructuring of services without displacements and layoffs of diagnostic imaging staff.

Sisters in Spirit Vigil October 4

October 1, 2010
The fifth annual Sisters in Spirit Vigil will take place October 4 across Canada to honour murdered and missing Aboriginal women and their families. Sisters in Spirit (SIS) is an initiative launched by the Native Womens Association of Canada (NWAC) to address the issue of the hundreds of Aboriginal women and girls who have either disappeared or have been found murdered in Canada over the past few decades. The SIS initiative has worked to identify root causes, trends and circumstances of violence that have led to these disappearances and deaths.

Labour adjustment agreement reached in consolidation of diagnostic imaging services throughout Lower Mainland

September 30, 2010
HSA has completed negotiations with Lower Mainland health authorities for a transition to a region-wide consolidation of diagnostic imaging services. The agreement allows for the significant restructuring of services without displacements and layoffs of diagnostic imaging staff. Highlights of the Section 54 agreement include:- Provisions for seamless employment transfer - Expanded opportunities in job postings and bumping rights - Increased opportunities for clinical specialization, and

Run for the Cure this Sunday, October 3

September 27, 2010
This Sunday, October 3, join us in the annual Run for the Cure. Its not too late to join our team!  Visit HSAs website and follow the links to the Breast Cancer Foundations Run registration page. This year, HSA President Reid Johnson will be running with Fraser Valley members at the Abbotsford Run. Look for HSAs booth at the Run in your community.  Send us your photos of the Run: if we publish your photo in The Report magazine or on our website, well send you a gift.

Community social services negotiations stall; discussions begin on essential services

September 24, 2010
Bargaining for the community social services sector contract resumed this week, but quickly stalled. Josef Rieder represents HSA at the bargaining table, with HSA bargaining team chair Lynn Kelsey. -In the absence of meaningful discussion that could lead to an agreement, the Community Social Services Bargaining Association has asked the employer for dates to begin discussion on essential service levels," he said.

Interested in serving on the Community Action Program for Children Advisory Committee?

September 22, 2010
The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) in BC is looking for individuals to serve on the Community Action Program for Children (CAPC) Advisory Committee. The purpose of the CAPC Advisory Committee is to make recommendations on CAPC-specific funding and policy, including program implementation and evaluation, to PHAC. By participating as an Advisory Committee member, an individual has the opportunity to provide input that will shape the delivery of the program in BC. PHAC is currently seeking representation from the following: