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Community health talks hit snag over workplace safety

February 3, 2006
Progress achieved earlier in the week in negotiations for a new contract for 13,000 community health workers was dashed when talks hit a snag Feb. 2 over the important issue of health and safety. Download full text as PDF

Unions outline alternatives to counter concessions

February 2, 2006
With community health talks back on this week, efforts to achieve a new contract finally appear to be getting into gear. Download full text as PDF

No more concessions, unions tell government

February 1, 2006
Contract talks got off to a rocky start earlier this week when the governments bargaining agent tabled a package laden with demands for concessions. Download full text as PDF

Two candidates seek to represent HSA members in Region 2

January 31, 2006
During the next several weeks, HSA members in Region 2 will have an opportunity to elect their representative on the HSA Board of Directors. Nominations for the position closed on January 27th with two members declaring their candidacy: Brian Isberg, a Laboratory Technologist at Victoria General Hospital and Derrick Hoyt, a Laboratory Technologist at Royal Jubilee Hospital. In the coming weeks, all members in Region 2 will receive an election package in the mail which includes candidate biographies, voting instructions, a ballot, and a return envelope.

HSA members return Agnes Jackman as Region 4 Director

January 31, 2006
Agnes Jackman, a physiotherapist at George Pearson Rehabilitation Centre, has been acclaimed as the Region 4 representative on the HSA Board of Directors after the January 27th deadline passed with no further nominations. Agnes has been an HSA member since 1973, when she started working as a physical therapist at Vancouver General Hospital. She was active in her professional association from 1977 to 1992 and has served as a union steward at the George Pearson Centre since the late 1990s.

Region 10 members return Lois Dick as Region 10 Director

January 31, 2006
Lois Dick, a laboratory technologist at Dawson Creek and District Hospital, has been acclaimed as the Region 10 representative on the HSA Board of Directors after the January 27th deadline passed with no further nominations. Lois is a long time activist in the union, having served as a Member-At-Large, Assistant Steward and Chief Steward. She has been a member of HSA for 35 years.

HSA members return Joan Magee as Region 8 Director

January 31, 2006
Joan Magee, a laboratory technologist at Cariboo Memorial Hospital, has been acclaimed as the Region 8 representative on the HSA Board of Directors after the January 27th deadline passed with no further nominations. Joan is a charter member of HSA and has served as a chief steward at Cariboo Memorial Hospital in Williams Lake since 1996. As a Member-At-Large for Region 10, she served on the unions Education and Resolutions Committees. She currently serves on the Political Action and Finance Committees. She is also a Trustee for HSA LTD Trust #1.

HSA re-opens nominations for Region 6 Director

January 31, 2006
January 27 deadline has passed with no nominations HSA urges all members to consider running for this important position HSA is once again calling for nominations for the position of Regional Director for Region 6 after nominations closed on January 27th with no candidates coming forward.

HSA seeks Region 3 representative on unions Board of Directors

January 31, 2006
HSA is calling for nominations for the position of Regional Director for Region 3, following the resignation of Maureen Ashfield who has served in the position since 2005. Maureen resigned from the board last week due to a serious illness in her family. The HSA board of directors is grateful for the contribution made by Maureen during her term and offers their best wishes to her and her family. The new Regional Director will serve the remainder of the two-year term which ends at the conclusion of HSAs 2007 annual convention.

Wage increase a top priority for health science professionals

January 27, 2006
Health Science Professionals play an essential role in the diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of health care patients and they deserve a contract that recognizes their value.That's the message from members of the Health Sciences Association of BC following HSA's three-day bargaining conference in Vancouver. HSA represents 12,000 health science professionals across the province.