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HSA and Fraser Health enter mediated negotiations

November 20, 2009
In early November, the Fraser Health Authority announced a series of cuts impacting HSA members including social workers, registered psychiatric nurses and youth care counsellors. HSA has responded by presenting a variety of options to Fraser Health intended to minimize the effect of displacements on HSA members.  To date HSA and Fraser Health have been unable to reach an agreement to create a labour adjustment plan.

Letter to editor: Re: Public sector unions should push for more private involvement

November 19, 2009
Vancouver Sun Re: Public sector unions should push for more private involvement, Nov. 17 Let's be clear about what privatized health care is about. It has nothing to do with universal access. It is a method of generating enormous profits from your illness or injury -- no more, no less. Dr. Brian Day, author of the Issues & Ideas piece, wants to divert attention from the real issue on his mind: profit.

HSA to hold important information meetings

November 19, 2009
HSA invites its Fraser Health Authority members affected by the cuts and their stewards to attend special meetings to discuss the cut backs to social workers, registered psychiatric nurses and youth care counsellors. These meetings are an opportunity to get accurate information on your collective agreement rights from the union's labour relations specialists. HSA also encourages members to access the Fraser Health intranet, and ensure that your seniority information is accurate. SPECIAL MEETING FOR HSA SOCIAL WORKERS IN FRASER HEALTH AUTHORITY

Courts allow BC Health Coalition to participate in private clinics lawsuit; Audit of Dr. Days Cambie Clinic to proceed

November 17, 2009
(Vancouver) Today, Madame Justice Smith announced her ruling to allow the BC Health Coalition and their pro-medicare partners to participate as intervenors in the pivotal B.C. Supreme Court case launched by Dr. Brian Day and a consortium of private for-profit clinics against the B.C. Medical Services Commission and the provincial government.

Rally for National Medicare Week!

November 13, 2009
No more cuts and broken promises! Join representatives from across Vancouver Island to deliver their messages to Kevin Falcon & Gordon Campbell:  It's time to protect public health care, not destroy it! Date:Wednesday, November 18, 2009Time:12:00 Noon Location:Front Lawn of the BC Legislature, Victoria Buses leaving from Campbell River, Port Alberni, Parksville & Nanaimo -- to book your seat, call 604-681-7945.

Education Fund available for HSA members in CSSBA Agreement

November 10, 2009
(This information applies to HSA members of the Community Social Services Bargaining Association.) On April 2, 2009, the constituent unions of the CSSBA entered into a Settlement Agreement with the Provincial Government to resolve litigation related to the Health and Social Services Delivery Improvement Act (Bill 29).

Children with autism at risk: Queen Alexandra lays off autism interventionists and behavioural therapists

November 9, 2009
Despite a province-wide protest by parents against the elimination of specialized treatment for severely autistic children, 43 therapists were issued lay-off notice Friday at Queen Alexandra Centre for Children on Vancouver Island. The therapists are members of the Health Sciences Association of BC, the union that represents 16,000 health science professionals including autism intervention specialists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, and social workers who work with autistic children and their families.

End violence against women: postcard campaign

November 6, 2009
December 6 this year marks the 20th anniversary of the 1989 Montréal massacre of 14 young women at the École Polytechnique. Violence against women is still pervasive, and is rooted in social inequality. HSA members working in transition houses all across BC tell us that violence against women occurs at home and at work.

URGENT: Your support needed for ambulance paramedics

November 5, 2009
Please join CUPE members and striking Ambulance Paramedics (CUPE 873) who will be holding a midday rally outside the Vancouver Olympic Organizing Committee headquarters in Vancouver. The B.C. Liberal government introduced -back-to-work" legislation against the Paramedics following an edict from VANOC directing them to end the strike. Date: Friday, November 6, 2009Time: 11:30 amPlace: VANOC HQ ... 3585 Graveley St. at Boundary

Health Sciences Association celebrates Community Social Services Workers Appreciation Day

November 5, 2009
November 6 marks the second annual Community Social Service Workers Appreciation Day, an event to acknowledge and celebrate the vital role that these workers play in making communities better places to live. Community social service workers represented by the Health Sciences Association work in child development centres, transition houses, infant development programs, community counselling centres, agencies for youths at risk, and various other crucial community service organizations.