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Health science professional bargaining gets underway

February 13, 2006
Bargaining for health science professionals began today with opening remarks from Cindy Stewart, president of HSA and Louise Simard, CEO of the Health Employers Association of BC. Download full text as PDF

Community health talks focus on scheduling, union proposals for better, more integrated care

February 10, 2006
With negotiations ongoing February 9, talks with community health employers are focusing on two key issues for community health workers, including the contentious issue of scheduling in home support. Download full text as PDF

Additional steward workshops scheduled

February 10, 2006
Due to increased demand for steward training, HSA is offering the following courses: Steward Training Level 1 (3-day workshops): May 1, 2, & 3, 2006 OH&S Steward Training - Basic (2-day workshops):

Unions focus on rebuilding workforce

February 10, 2006
The UBA bargaining team has tabled proposals aimed at rebuilding the community social services workforce. Download full text of this bulletin

Shift proposals a step in the wrong direction

February 7, 2006
Despite the growing staffing crisis, the BC governments bargaining agent wants to turn back the clock in community social services. Download full version of this bulletin

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.