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Community health talks to go through weekend

March 11, 2006
As contract talks for 13,000 community health workers get set to go through the weekend, HSA negotiators Charlie Wheat and Lori Horvat report that while small progress has been made in the past several days, health employers have still not moved on the key issues for front line workers.

Breakthrough on longstanding issues

March 10, 2006
While the union bargaining committee is still awaiting a revised monetary proposal from the employer, a number of long-standing issues for health science professionals have been resolved in bargaining between the Paramedical Professional Bargaining Association (PPBA) and HEABC.

First week of nurses' bargaining concludes

March 10, 2006
The Nurses Bargaining Association bargaining committee met with the Health Employers Association of BC (HEABC) and Health Authority representatives for the past five days (March 6 - 10,2006). The Unions proposed changes to the collective agreement in numerous areas. Download full text as PDF

Community health casuals make gains

March 9, 2006
Negotiators for workers covered by the Community Health Services and Support collective agreement say theyve reached agreement with employers on a package of important gains for casuals which represents a small step forward for an overall settlement in the sector. Download full version as PDF

Who is caring for the caregivers?

March 8, 2006
A recent survey of unionized community social services workers in British Columbia has revealed a shocking reality -- almost 50 per cent are working a second job, just to make ends meet. Download full version as PDF

Employers wage offer -extremely disappointing"

March 6, 2006
Union negotiators are calling the wage package tabled today by HEABC -extremely disappointing\" and say it will put health science professionals in BC even further behind their counterparts in Alberta and Ontario.

Union Bargaining Association information meetings scheduled

March 3, 2006
For all Community Social Services union members who work in CSSEA agencies ... its very important that you attend the upcoming bargaining information meeting in your area. For information, please go to www.respectbc.ca

Wanted - auction items for CESA silent auction at Convention!

March 2, 2006
Do you have a hidden talent? HSAs Committee for Equality and Social Action is collecting auction items for its annual silent auction. All proceeds will go to the World Peace Forum being held in Vancouver from June 23 to 28, 2006. Download poster as PDF

Employers propose to put their hands deeper into our pockets

March 2, 2006
The Union Bargaining Association (UBA) will be tabling our monetary proposals early next week. We've been trying to this point to get employers to discuss our priority non-monetary issues. These include the improvements our members are seeking to job security, workload and basic working conditions.

Unions table wage package

March 1, 2006
Negotiations at the health science professionals\ table continued this week with the union bargaining association tabling a wage package that rectifies the A/B wage split, provides a fair wage increase for all health science professionals and returns the LTD plan to the employer.