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Deadline extended for members to apply to act as HSAs representatives on enhanced disability management

June 14, 2011
The deadline for expressions of interest to act as union representatives playing an active role in ensuring members realize the greatest benefit from the recently agreed to Enhanced Disability Management Program has been extended to June 30, 2011. The extension is as a result of the excellent response to the initial call for representatives, and several requests for opportunities to learn more about the program and the role of the union in supporting its implementation.

CANCELLED: Fair Deal Rally June 16

June 10, 2011
Community social services workers and their supporters are taking their call for a fair collective agreement into the streets of Vancouver on Thursday, June 16. The early morning rally outside the offices of the Community Social Services Employers' Association (CSSEA) will draw public attention to the ongoing crisis in community-based services and what needs to be done to improve working and caring conditions throughout the sector.

Overtime / call-back / insufficient off-duty hours: we want to hear from you!

June 9, 2011
In the last contract talks, many health science professionals called attention to a serious issue: because of being required to be on call and work call-backs, staff are being forced to work with dangerously little rest between shifts. As part of the new collective agreement, the employer and unions committed to a working group to address these issues. The working group will:• review current practices • provide recommendations for initiatives to reduce the need for overtime and call back

Reminder:HSA offers scholarships forSummer Institute for Union Women

June 6, 2011
July 13 ... 17, 2011 - University of Victoria The BC Summer Institute for Union Women (SIUW) offers an intensive week of learning within a supportive environment in which union women can develop their skills as workers, activists and leaders.  Sponsored by the British Columbia Federation of Labour, the Institute will be held at the University of Victoria (UVIC).

Finding a long-term solution

June 1, 2011
Vernon Morning Star Overcrowding at a hospital has potentially fatal consequences. It's not just a matter of discomfort and indignity.

Contract Interpretation: in the event of flooding

June 1, 2011
In recent weeks, many BC communities have experienced flood warnings or evacuation orders. What are your rights in the event of flooding? Q:  I work at a hospital that is subject to flooding if the river rises too high. My manager has told me that in the event of a flood, I may be relocated for my job. Can my employer do that?  A:  The River Forecast Centre of British Columbia has predicted that spring runoff could be higher than normal this year, and that there is potential for flooding in some communities.

BREATHTAKING: A Canadian Documentary directed by: Kathleen Mullen

June 1, 2011
The Silent Killer: Asbestos - It's in our homes, our schools, our hospitals - our lives. Date:  Thursday, June 16, 2011Time:  7:00pmPlace:  Fifth Avenue Cinemas, 2110 Burrard Street, Vancouver Tickets:  Open Seating - Admission by donation to Toxic Free Canada For more information, please contact Nina Hansen at 604.430.1421 or email nhansen@bcfed.ca

Two hats, one goal

June 1, 2011
The Report: June 2011 vol.32 num.2 CHILD AND YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH CLINICIAN Colette Barker has two jobs. One is with adults; one is with children. One deals with parenting; the other with youth sexuality. Both fully engage Barkers passion for helping people whose needs are easily overlooked or misunderstood. For instance, there are persistent misconceptions about children with sexual behaviour problems, says Barker. These are the clients she works with under the auspices of the Boundaries Program, run by Vancouver Coastal Health.

Convention 2011

June 1, 2011
The Report: June 2011 vol.32 num.2 On the heels of a difficult ratification vote, HSA members from around the province gathered to do as theyve done for 40 years ... work together to meet the future challenges of an ever changing health care system. -OVER THE NEXT TWO DAYS, we will be focusing on the future of our union. Where we go from here. How we continue to grow, and how we set our agenda for the future."

Employees under scrutiny with attendance promotion programs

June 1, 2011
The Report: June 2011 vol.32 num.2 What is an attendance promotion program? Employers are increasingly using programs intended to reduce the amount of money they lose on the sick days taken by their employees.