News & Updates

The Report: June 2004 vol.25 num.3 by BRUCE WILKINS A recent reorganization in my department has compounded what was already an acute workload problem. My coworkers are all on the verge of burnout. What should we do? As the demands on HSA members become greater due to staffing shortages and government cutbacks, the issue of workload has come to be...

The Report: June 2004 vol.25 num.3 by CINDY STEWART ith less than a year left in the Liberal government’s mandate, we have come through a very turbulent period in labour relations in British Columbia. It started three years ago when the government legislated health science professionals back to work and then imposed a contract on HSA members. It continued with...

The Report: June 2004 vol.25 num.3 record number of members attended HSA’s 33rd annual convention, held April 23 and 24 in Burnaby. Delegates spent two days listening to reports and guest speakers, and vigorously debating resolutions to help determine the union’s course of action over the next year. Delegates spoke passionately about the devastating effects of the provincial Liberals’ cuts...

The Nurses' Bargaining Association has reached a Framework Agreement with the Health Employers Association of BC, which stipulates how bargaining discussions will be conducted this summer. Aimed at bringing stability to BCs health sector, the agreement states that there will be no rollbacks in nurses' hourly rates, benefits or time off provisions and that there will be no increase in...

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Miriam Sobrino Director Strategic Communications & Member Development 604 439 0994 office 604 328 2886 cell The Health Sciences Association, the union representing 12,000 health science professionals who provide the diagnostic, clinical and rehabilitation services in the public health care system, welcomed the deal hammered out over the weekend to force the government to step back...

The Health Sciences Association, the union representing 12,000 health science professionals who provide the diagnostic, clinical and rehabilitation services in the public health care system, welcomed the deal hammered out over the weekend to force the government to step back from its attack on health support workers. "It has been a very tense weekend as British Columbians' support for health...

BL9980 Most HSA esential services levels in place Mediator Stephen Rinfret has booked out of mediation with the Facilities Health Services & Support Bargaining Association and Health Employers' Association of BC (HEABC). The Facilities Bargaining Association is awaiting a decision from the Labour Relations Board (LRB) on its application to have the LRB set interim (temporary) essential services levels. The...

NEARLY 15,000 community social services workers represented by 13 unions have ratified new collective agreements. Workers voted 66 percent to accept the new agreement in community living; 69 percent in general services. The two-year contracts provide for continuity of service for B.C.s most vulnerable citizens and protects workers jobs in exchange for about $40 million in cost containment and concessions...

PARAMEDICAL PROFESSIONAL BARGAINING ASSOCIATION Bargaining Update #6 PDF Version ( Adobe Acrobat required) Bargaining between the Paramedical Professional Bargaining Association and Health Employers Association of BC has been temporarily suspended. After several bargaining sessions that have allowed the parties to explore a number of issues, the two sides agreed to suspend bargaining due to industry-wide considerations. -It has become clear...