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As health care and other public services continue to suffer, Liberal government focuses on tax breaks, says HSA president Reid Johnson of todays budget release

February 21, 2012
HSA President Reid Johnson, in Victoria today for the unveiling of the 2012 provincial budget, said the Liberal government ‘s budget plan has failed to address the needs of British Columbians. -Instead of trying to kick-start the provinces economy with tax credits for a few wealthy first-time homebuyers and promises of less red tape for business, the BC government should have used Budget Day 2012 to come up with real solutions to growing challenges British Columbians face in their everyday lives," Johnson said.

Plan for restructuring of rehab services in VCH threatens quality care; important meeting for OTs and PTs set for Tuesday

February 17, 2012
HSPBA, the union bargaining association that represents physiotherapists and occupational therapists delivering crucial patient services at Vancouver Coastal Health Authority hospitals and agencies, is speaking out against a proposed restructuring that threatens to affect the quality of services delivered to patients.

B.C. hospital pharmacist wages rolled back by 14%

February 16, 2012
Nanaimo Daily News

Addressing a 91% injury rate for ultrasound technologists

February 15, 2012
Ten years ago, a survey of BC ultrasound technologists found 91% of them had suffered work-related injuries at some point in their careers. Medical literature still says 80% of sonographers seek medical treatment for musculoskeletal injuries, 17% miss work due to the symptoms of their injuries, and 15% reduce their duties to recover. The Health Sciences Association of BC teamed up with WorkSafeBC to investigate how to prevent these injuries and develop a range of solutions. A ground-breaking partnership to seek solutions

Community health negotiations slowed by employers lack of preparation

February 14, 2012
Unions in the Community Bargaining Association (CBA) are disappointed by the pace of talks so far with the Health Employers Association of BC (HEABC) after a second week of negotiations in Vancouver. The CBA has tabled housekeeping proposals, language on bullying and harassment, live-in and overnight shifts as well as proposals to renew many of the existing Memorandum of Agreements without changes.  However, HEABC has yet to table any proposals or to respond to the majority of what the CBA has presented.

Civic Election Reminder

February 12, 2012
For Immediate ReleaseOur Town The Mayor's Office is reminding the public that the by-election for City Councillor will be held on Saturday, February 25th, 2012 from 8am-8pm at the Our Town Community Centre. A shuttle service will be provided, every hour on the hour from 8am to 6pm, from the bus shelter on North Main street across from the Library. The return trip will depart from the Community Centre every half hour on the hour from 8:30am-6:30pm.  For more information, please contact:

Lower Mainland Biomedical Engineering Technology Services Consolidation: talks end without agreement

February 10, 2012
Despite the unions efforts to negotiate a labour adjustment agreement stemming from the employers plan to consolidate biomedical engineering services in the Lower Mainland, talks have broken off, due to the employers inappropriate actions and activities during the Section 54 process. The employer then transferred BMETs to Providence Health Care on February 3.

Election to be held for Region 2 Director

February 10, 2012
During the next several weeks, HSA members in Region 2 will have an opportunity to elect their representative on HSAs Board of Directors. Nominations for the position closed on February 9th with two members declaring their candidacy: Val Avery, a Physiotherapist  at Royal Jubilee  Hospital in Victoria; and