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Vancouver Coastal Health invites participation: staff forums on practice leadership redesign

August 8, 2011
Vancouver Coastal Health has invited Health Science Professional staff to attend VCHs staff forums regarding an employer-initiated process to review the current practice leadership structure. The meetings will be held at a variety of locations August 8-12.

Health Information Management consolidation: arbitrators decisions disappoint

August 4, 2011
HSA reported on July 8, 2011 that the union and the employer had decided to ask arbitrator Vince Ready to assist the parties in resolving outstanding issues in the employers plans for the Lower Mainland consolidation of Health Information Management services, and to finalize a labour adjustment agreement.

Municipal Pension Plan seminars scheduled for HSA members

August 4, 2011
The Municipal Pension Plan has scheduled seminars for HSA members as follows:

Community social services: Strike likely in August

August 3, 2011
Majority of essential service levels now established, remainder by August 5 After numerous delays, community social service workers in BC can expect job action to commence in August. The long process of determining what services will be maintained as essential during a strike is finally drawing to a close. Essential services levels have now been set at ninety-seven per cent of the 220 agencies that make up BCs community social services sector.

Lower Mainland Pharmacy Consolidation: labour adjustment plan reached

July 27, 2011
The union and health employers have reached a labour adjustment plan to minimize the impact of the employers consolidation plan for pharmacy services in the Lower Mainland. The Health Science Professional Bargaining Associations pharmacy consolidation committee has been meeting with pharmacists across the Lower Mainland to hear concerns and ideas. The union ensured this input was a crucial part of the meetings with health employers. After a series of meetings throughout April, May & June, the parties reached an agreement in recent days.

Show your Union Pride!

July 26, 2011
Join us on the MultiUnion Pride Float:  Sunday, July 31, 2011 at 11:45Vancouver Pride is in the final year of a three-year theme. This year you - our Union Activists - will celebrate all you have accomplished and all you have liberated! For full details and a printer-friendly poster, click here.

HSA Political Action Fund available to support members in upcoming elections

July 20, 2011
HSA members throughout the province who are running for office or working in municipal or provincial election campaigns this fall may apply to HSA for financial support from HSAs Political Action Fund. Municipal, Board of Education and Regional District elections

HST referendum deadlines

July 19, 2011
In keeping with a resolution passed by delegates at HSAs 2010 convention, HSA is encouraging members to vote -Yes" to extinguish the Harmonized Sales Tax in the current BC-wide referendum.  If you havent received your HST Referendum Voting Package yet, then you should contact Elections BC at 1-800-661-8683 (toll-free) to request a package.  The deadline to request a voting package is midnight (local time) Friday, July 22, 2011.

HSA members elect Allen Peters as new Region 8 Director

July 18, 2011
A by-election in Region 8 has resulted in members electing Allen Peters as their representative on the HSA Board of Directors.  Allen is a medical imaging technologist at Nicola Valley General Hospital in Merritt.

Join HSA at Surrey neighbourhood picnic!

July 14, 2011
Come learn about how you can support community social service workers, who are preparing for job action later this summer. HSA members will be on hand at the Surrey-Fleetwood neighbourhood picnic this weekend, talking to their neighbours about HSA and the struggle of the people who deliver the critical Community Social Services that help make our communities healthy. Those workers are preparing for job action after several months of unsuccessful bargaining for a new collective agreement.