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Nurses overwhelmingly ratify provincial contract extension

April 9, 2009
Members of the Nurses' Bargaining Association, including registered psychiatric nurses who are members of the Health Sciences Association, have overwhelmingly ratified an extension of the provincial collective agreement.   The overall margin was 96 per cent in favour. The retention and recruitment agreement provides labour market adjustments of three per cent on April 1, 2010 and April 1, 2011. These market adjustments were proposed to help retain nurses by keeping compensation competitive.

Rally to support hospital housekeepers

April 7, 2009
HSA President Reid Johnson will join with BC Federation of Labour President Jim Sinclair and HEU members in a rally and march to support hospital housekeepers currently in contract discussions with their employers Aramark, Sodexo and Compass. HSA members are invited to demonstrate their support at the rally and march as follows:

Health Coalition demands Campbell government investigate latest allegations of illegal billing

April 6, 2009
The BC Health Coalition is urging the provincial government to investigate recent charges by a Kelowna surgeon that private surgical companies are illegally billing patients for publicly insured cataract surgeries across the province.

Join the Grand March for Housing this weekend

April 1, 2009
HSA is one of several unions, community organizations, churches and others endorsing this weekend's Grand March For Housing organized by the Citywide Housing Coalition. March participants will send a message to candidates in the upcoming provincial election that ending homelessness is a key to developing healthy communities. Join the march this Saturday, April 4 at one of these starting points at 12 noon:

Members lead the way to political participation

April 1, 2009
The Report: April 2009 vol.30 num.1  by REID JOHNSON

Patient advocacy key to social work

April 1, 2009
user The Report: April 2009 vol.30 num.1 by LAURA BUSHEIKIN

RPNs benefit from HSA advocacy

April 1, 2009
The Report: April 2009 vol.30 num.1 by LAURA BUSHEIKIN

Refusing unsafe work

April 1, 2009
The Report: April 2009 vol.30 num.1

Ambulance paramedics in legal strike position effective April 1

March 31, 2009
Ambulance paramedics across B.C. will be in a legal strike position effective Wednesday, April 1, 2009. The members of CUPE 873 are going on strike to support their position at the bargaining table that would lead to wage equity with other emergency service workers. As part of the paramedics job action, picket lines may be erected at facilities where HSA members work. Members who encounter a picket line are urged not to cross the picket line. HSA members are protected under the collective agreement against disciplinary action for failure to cross a legal picket line.