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HSA welcomes new members at Whistler Health Centre

April 15, 2013
THE REPORT: APRIL 2013 Medical Laboratory technologists at (PHSA) Whistler Health Care Centre joined HSA on February 27. The employees approached HSA about becoming members of the union and the decision to join was unanimous. This new chapter is a first – no other employees of Whistler Health Care Centre are unionized.

B.C. nurses brought together under new legislation

April 15, 2013
  Health Minister Margaret MacDiarmid on Monday announced that new nursing legislation had been signed into law, bringing licensed practical nurses under the same bargaining structure as the B.C. Nurses’ Union.

Registered psychiatric nurses: Wage increase now in effect

April 11, 2013
A 3% wage increase is now in effect for registered psychiatric nurses covered by the Nurses’ Bargaining Association provincial contract. You can see your new wage rate here. 

HSPBA will fight health authority’s attempt to break contract agreement

April 5, 2013
In a recent letter from human resources managers at Vancouver Coastal Health Authority, employees have been told they will be moving to a five-day 7.5 hour work week and that nine-day fortnights and EDOs will be eradicated. The letter completely misrepresents the negotiated agreement reached on the shift to a 37.5 hour work week from the current 36 hour work week worked by health science professionals, says HSA’s Executive Director of Legal and Labour Relations Jeanne Meyers.

Provisions of new HSPBA collective agreement now in force and effect

April 5, 2013
With the exception of some portions of the collective agreement ratified March 6, all provisions of the HSPBA collective agreement come into force and effect today, April 5, 2013. There are some exceptions, as specified in negotiations, as follows: Wages

Professional development fund for HSPBA members: applications now available

April 5, 2013
The 2012-2014 HSPBA collective agreement includes a new $225,000 Professional Development Fund for use by all HSPBA members, including HSA members, over the term of the collective agreement. To maximize the number of members eligible to apply for the funding, there will be two deadlines: One for courses commenced between April 1, 2013 and September 30, 2013 and another for courses commenced between October 1, 2013 and March 31, 2014.

A little fairness is all we ask

April 4, 2013
THE REPORT: APRIL 2013 BY REID JOHNSONPRESIDENT, HSA As The Report magazine went to press, our community social service members were just voting on their tentative agreement. But for most members, another hard round of bargaining has come to an end.

Members looking for change in BC election

April 4, 2013
THE REPORT: APRIL 2013 "I simply can't contemplate another four years of cutbacks and the impact that would have on my community," says Region 1 Director Anne Davis.

Danielle Garden, registered psychiatric nurse

April 4, 2013
THE REPORT: APRIL 2013 BY LAURA BUSHEIKIN Registered psychiatric nurse Danielle Garden is a woman with a mission: making life better for psychiatric patients. This goal shapes everything she does — her interactions with patients, her relationships with co-workers and supervisors, her career choices, and her union involvement.

Kimball Finigan reelected as Region 5 director on HSA board

April 3, 2013
HSA members in Region 5 have re-elected Kimball Finigan to serve a fourth term as their representative on the union’s Board of Directors.  Finigan is a radiation therapist at the BC Cancer Agency in Vancouver.