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Update on 37.5 hour work grievances

April 28, 2015
This is an update for all BC Cancer Agency members with outstanding 37.5 hour work week grievances, and follows up on the bulletin we sent out to you on February 10. In February we told you that the employer was prepared to negotiate a resolution to the outstanding 37.5 hour grievances at the BC Cancer Agency, and that we were working towards a prototype resolution at the Fraser Valley Cancer Centre. We were hopeful that discussions would result in resolutions for many of the outstanding grievances.

HSA offers scholarships for Summer Institute for Union Women - June 23-27, 2015

April 24, 2015
June 23-27, 2015 Reed College campus, Portland, OregonFighting for a Fair Future The Summer Institute for Union Women (SIUW) is a 4-day residential school designed to empower women as leaders in the labour movement through participatory education and community-building. See the University of Oregon website for more details.

Wage increase in effect in first full pay period of April

April 20, 2015
Under the terms of the collective agreements, a general wage increase of 1 per cent for all members covered by the Health Science Professionals (HSPBA), Community Social Services (CSSBA), and Community Health Services and Support (CBA) contracts takes effect the first pay period after April 1, 2015. A majority of employers have the first full pay period as April 11 - 25, so the wage increase takes effect in that pay period.

HSPBA collective agreement booklets now being distributed

April 17, 2015
The 2014 – 2019 Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association (HSPBA) contracts have been printed and are beginning to be distributed to members at worksites across the province.   Employers are responsible for the distribution of the collective agreements to every employee. If you do not receive a copy of your collective agreement, please contact your Human Resources department to receive one.   Human Resources departments may work with HSA stewards to distribute the contract booklets.  

Thinking about retiring or new to your pension plan? Regular seminars offered

April 14, 2015
HSA members covered by the Municipal Pension Plan are reminded about free seminars offered by your pension plan, the Municipal Pension Plan. There are still spots available for members within five years of retirement at seminars in Chetwyn, Slamon Arm, Fort St. John, Revelstoke, Surrey, Vernon, and Nelson in May. For members who are new- or mid-careet, seminars explaining pension benefits and providing information about decision-making today that affects your future are available in Trail, Victoria, Terrace, Smithers, Langley, and Burnaby in April and May.

HSA PRESIDENT AVERY SAYS SUMMIT ON VIOLENCE "A GOOD START"

April 7, 2015
HSA President Val Avery said she is pleased to have attended today's BC government summit on violence in the health care system. The summit, hosted by Health Minister Terry Lake in response to Avery's recent call for action, included representatives from other health care unions, health authorities, occupational health and safety experts and other industry stakeholders.

BC government acts on HSA call for summit on violence in health care

April 2, 2015
Following HSA President Val Avery's proposal, Health Minister Terry Lake will convene a summit to address the continuing problem of violence in health care workplaces. The provincial government has invited HSA to help conduct the day-long solutions-oriented discussion Tuesday April 7 in Richmond.

EDMP program expanding to support more HSA members

April 2, 2015
Members at a number of affiliate employers under the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association, the Nurses Bargaining Association and the Community Bargaining Association collective agreements.will soon be participating in the Enhanced Disability Management Program.

On track for establishing a joint health science benefits trust by April 2016

March 27, 2015
A Working Group established as part of the 2014-2019 Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association collective agreement has been working for the past year to take the steps required to establish a Joint Health Science Benefits Trust, which will be a jointly trusteed plan to administer members’ benefits.