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2012 bargaining must be about respect and regaining BCs competitive edge, HSA says

November 23, 2011
After three days of working through proposals from members and developing direction for 2012 bargaining, HSAs health science professionals elected members to the negotiating committee with a mandate to demand respect at the bargaining table. HSA President Reid Johnson said the Liberal governments -net zero" mandate of 2010 has been renamed a -cooperative gains" mandate. -HSA members served notice at the beginning of this year that continuing to fall behind our counterparts in other provinces is not an option.

HSA members urged to vote in municipal election

November 15, 2011
On Saturday, November 19, 2011 British Columbians head to the polls to elect mayors, municipal councillors, school trustees, and regional district representatives. These local representatives make decisions that affect our everyday lives, and play a critical role in making our neighbourhoods, towns, and regions places where we want to live.  Local politicians are also an important voice for our communities with higher levels of government, speaking up for communities on important local, provincial and federal issues. 

Occupy movement is here to stay

November 15, 2011
The Occupy movement is here to stay. It will morph into something else. But its not going away until there are serious reforms to our economy and democracy, says NUPGE President James Clancy in a commentary.  

HEABCs refusal to live up to bargained classifications commitment contravenes collective agreement, HSPBA charges

November 14, 2011
After months of working to ensure that HEABC was taking certain collective agreement obligations seriously, the HSPBA filed a policy grievance last week, charging that HEABC is refusing to adhere to the terms and conditions negotiated in the 2010-2012 HSPBA Collective Agreement.

Vancouver Coastal Health postpones plans for -Allied Health Redesign"

November 14, 2011
On October 13th, Vancouver Coastal Health announced it was postponing its third of three Working Group Sessions to a later date. They have now announced that their session will be delayed into January. HSA Membership Services Coordinator Kathy McLennan said the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association welcomes this postponement. -VCH caused much uncertainty and worry with their announcement in August that it plans to redesign the Allied Health Professional Leadership structure," she said.

Training funds available for HSA members in the community health sector

November 9, 2011
If you are an HSA member who was laid off after January 28, 2002 due to re-tendering, contracting out, or bumping from a heaath care job in the community subsector, -or- If you are a current employee in a community subsector job and are interested in skills development, you may be eligible for reimbursement of training costs. The retraining funds are available as a result of a settlement between health unions, health employers and the BC government related to a June, 2007 Supreme Court of Canada ruling on Bill 29.

CAMRT contest: Vote for your favourite videos & photos during Medical Radiation Technology Week!

November 9, 2011
Have you seen this amazing video by Vancouver General Hospital CT techs Michael Banting and Allen Miller? Its a finalist in the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologys Very Image of Care contest. The video features CT techs, MRI techs, X-ray techs, nuclear medicine techs, and radiation therapists at Vancouver General Hospital and BC Cancer Agency (Vancouver Cancer Centre).

HSA bargaining proposal meetings soon underway to prepare for 2012 community social services contract talks

November 8, 2011
With the Community Social Services Bargaining Association contract set to expire March 31, 2012, work is already underway to prepare HSAs priorities to the joint bargaining association. HSA stewards will be calling chapter meetings to be held by November 25, 2011 to discuss bargaining proposals.  All HSA members covered by the Community Social Services Bargaining Association collective agreement are urged to attend the chapter meeting. Your negotiating team needs to hear from you.

Questions and answers about Lower Mainland Biomedical Engineering consolidation

November 8, 2011
Q: What is the Lower Mainland Biomedical Engineering (LM BME) consolidation project?

Occupy YouTube with your message about economic unfairness

November 8, 2011
The Canadian Labour Congress is giving away some great prizes to whoever comes up with the best ad about the basic unfairness that sees the tax burden shifted away from profitable corporations and onto ordinary working people as their governments cut services, eliminate programs and hike user fees to balance the books. Clever, creative, ironic or with a sense of humour... whatever it takes. The best ad will be one that effectively shows why working Canadians should come together and demand a better deal.