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Health Information Management Lower Mainland Consolidation: HSA encourages HIM members to fill out transfer package forms by July 13

July 8, 2011
As you are aware, HSA has been working to minimize the impact of the employers consolidation plan for health information management services in the Lower Mainland. Here are answers to frequently-asked questions. Q:   I received my -transfer package" July 4, 2011. What happens if I dont fill out the forms in this package?

Rally to support locked-out Rocky Mountaineer workers

July 4, 2011
The Great Canadian Railtour Company Ltd., operating as Rocky Mountaineer Vacations, has locked out members of Teamsters Local 31 as of June 21, 2011, affecting 109 on board attendants. The Teamsters are holding a rally in support of these workers, and welcome support from other union members and the community. Date: Thursday, July 7 Time:  4:00 pm Place: 1755 Cottrell Street, Vancouver (behind the Home Depot off Terminal Avenue in Vancouver)

HSA Run for the Cure ... Member Mobilizer

June 29, 2011
Health Sciences Association of BC (HSA) is seeking an HSA member with a commitment to the unions partnership in the annual Run for the Cure to work as a -member mobilizer" to recruit HSA members to participate in the annual Run for the Cure against breast cancer, and in related fundraising activities. Attached please find a request for expressions of interest, as well as application form for the temporary position of a member mobilizer for the 2011 HSA Run for the Cure.

New deadline for Region 8 election is Friday, July 15

June 29, 2011
Due to the recent lock-out by Canada Post of Canadian Union of Postal Workers members HSA has extended the deadline for Region 8 members to return their mail-in ballots to elect a new Region 8 Director.   With the new deadline, ballots must be received at the HSA office by 3:00 pm on Friday, July 15. Ballot envelopes received by HSA will continue to be stored in a secure location until the new deadline, at which time all ballots received will be counted by the Elections Committee.

Copeman Clinic: Health Coalition questions Medical Services Commissions ability to protect patients from illegal user charges

June 29, 2011
FOI reveals that auditors failed to verify Copemans claims that there was no preferential treatment at its member-only primary care clinic. The BC Health Coalition is calling for an inquiry into the provincial governments ability to ensure that patients get fair access to physician services after it was discovered the Medical Services Commission (MSC) did not perform a test of access during its 2007 audit of Vancouvers Copeman Healthcare Centre.

HSA encourages members to vote YES to scrap the HST

June 28, 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.  The 2010 resolution directed HSA to take the following actions to oppose the HST:

Reminder: Summer Institute for Union Women

June 27, 2011
July 13 - 17, 2011 - University of  Victoria There is still room available for HSA members wanting to attend this years Summer Institute for Union Women.

Revised date: Basic OH&S Steward Training

June 27, 2011
Please note this is a correction from last weeks bulletin (EB11-09) advertising the Basic OH&S Steward Training dates of October 18 & 19, the correct dates are: Basic OH&S Steward Training(2-day workshop): November 7 & 8, 2011     Please apply ASAP as workshops have been filling up quickly. Printer-friendly pdf. Pre-registration form:

Negotiate, don't legislate, CLC's Georgetti tells federal labour minister

June 23, 2011
Canadian Labour Congress President Ken Georgetti is calling for a return to the bargaining table so that locked-out postal workers can get back to work. http://www.canadianlabour.ca/national/news/ken-georgetti-writes-labour-minister-lisa-raitt Visit the Canadian Union of Postal Workers' (CUPW) website for information on how to support locked-out postal workers.

Community Social Services: Steady progress to job action

June 23, 2011
Essential service levels to be set by July 22 We are making steady progress in moving towards job action following the May 30 strike vote.