News & Updates

The Community Bargaining Association (CBA) resumed bargaining last week in Vancouver, exchanging and discussing proposals for four days with the Health Employers Association of British Columbia (HEABC). The parties discussed several issues and exchanged proposals on previously tabled proposals. Most of the non-monetary issues have been canvassed, and this week work continue to narrow the differences or gain agreement on...

After months of preparation, the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association (HSPBA) appeared before arbitrator John Hall Monday to argue an application for interim relief in a policy grievance that alleges HEABC is in contravention of the 2010-2012 HSPBA collective agreement for failing or refusing to work towards the objectives agreed to in bargaining. But the arbitrator adjourned the hearing because...

FREE PUBLIC FORUM The Ombudspersons Report on Seniors Care in BC ... Building a Community-Based Response Featuring a presentation by BC Ombudsperson Kim Carter Saturday, April 28, 2012 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM CSI Seniors Activity Centre in the Brock Shopping Centre 9a - 1800 Tranquille Road, Kamloops Join us at a community forum on April 28 to discuss BC...

Following a month-long break the Community Social Services Bargaining Association (CSSBA) ... returned to the negotiating table on April 16 for four days of contract talks with the Community Social Services Employers Association (CSSEA). CSSBA reports that progress has been frustratingly slow. The bargaining committee is working hard to make the case for a fair and reasonable deal, including a...

Members of the Health Sciences Association, the union delivering modern health care that represents health sciences professionals who deliver diagnosis, treatment and recovery in BCs hospitals and communities, is meeting this weekend at its 41st annual convention in Vancouver. Over the course of the next two days members will be debating a number of resolutions as the union adds to...

Long-time HSA activist Rachel Tutte has been nominated for a Women of Distinction Award in the Metro Vancouver YWCAs 2012 awards competition. Recognized nationally as one of Canadas most prestigious awards for women, the Women of Distinction Awards honour women whose outstanding achievements contribute to the well-being and future of our community. Rachel has held several HSA positions, including serving...

HSA continues to advocate on behalf of Lower Mainland laboratory technologists affected by the employers plans to consolidate services under one health authority. HSA met with the employer in a Section 54 meeting last Thursday, April 4. The employer has advised that they intend to transfer employment of all lab technologists to the Provincial Health Services Authority in the fall...

Celebrated every April 22, Earth Day is the largest, most celebrated environmental event worldwide. More than six million Canadians join billions of people in over 170 countries to stage events and projects to address local environmental issues. Nearly every school-aged child in Canada takes part in an Earth Day activity. Environmental challenges abound as our daily actions pollute and degrade...

The 2010-2012 HSPBA collective agreement includes a Letter of Agreement ... Re: Professional Development Fund ... which provided for a $450,000 Professional Development Fund for use by all HSPBA members, including members represented by unions other than HSA, over the term of the collective agreement. After the first round of applications last winter, the fund is not yet spent, and...

Bargaining at the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association table continues to make slow but steady progress, HSPBA Chief Negotiator Jeanne Meyers reported today. Like most public sector union contracts in the province, the agreement expired March 31, 2012. -At the outset of bargaining, we said HSA is committed to the process, but that if we didnt see signs from employers...