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Government tables budget at the expense of health services for BC

February 19, 2013
The bulk of savings announced in the Liberal government's last-ditch attempt to convince British Columbians they can present a balanced budget is coming out of the health care system, Finance Minister Mike de Jong said today in releasing the Liberal government's last budget before this spring's election. "If you reduce spending in health care, you reduce services to British Columbians. It's that simple," said Reid Johnson, President of the Health Sciences Association of BC, the union representing 17,000 members of the modern health care team.

Community Health collective agreement ratified

February 18, 2013
Workers in Community Health have voted 86% per cent in favour of a two-year contract that provides an across-the-board wage increase, and improved workplace and scheduling provisions. The agreement comes after one year of difficult negotiations with the Health Employers' Association of BC (HEABC). Ratification votes were held across the province over the past four weeks. Highlights include:

Telephone town hall provides information on HSP ratification vote

February 15, 2013
Health science professionals represented by HSA are invited to participate in one of two telephone town hall meetings scheduled for next week. Telephone town hall meeting details:

Five candidates declared in election for Region 5

February 12, 2013
Winner will serve as representative on HSA Board of Directors During the next several weeks, HSA members in Region 5 will have an opportunity to elect their representative on HSA's Board of Directors.Nominations for the position closed with five members declaring their candidacy:

Janice Morrison acclaimed as Region 9 Director

February 12, 2013
Janice Morrison has been selected to return as the Region 9 representative to the HSA Board of Directors. She was acclaimed after the deadline passed with no further nominations. Morrison is a physiotherapist at Kootenay Lake Hospital. She was first elected to the Board of Directors in 2009.

Marg Beddis acclaimed as Region 7 Director

February 12, 2013
Marg Beddis has been selected to return as the Region 7 representative to the HSA Board of Directors. She was acclaimed after the deadline passed with no further nominations. Beddis is a dietitian at Surrey Memorial Hospital. She was first elected to the Board of Directors in 2007. She currently serves as an LTD trustee, chairs the Political Action Committee and sits on the union's Finance and Run for the Cure committees. She has also worked on the union's Education and Elections Committees.

Bruce MacDonald acclaimed as Region 3 Director

February 12, 2013
Bruce MacDonald has been selected to return as the Region 3 representative to the HSA Board of Directors. He was acclaimed after the deadline passed with no further nominations. MacDonald is a social worker at Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster. He has been a member of HSA since 2000.

Anne Davis acclaimed as Region 1 Director

February 12, 2013
Anne Davis has been selected to return as the Region 1 representative to the HSA Board of Directors. She was acclaimed after the deadline passed with no further nominations. Davis is a Program Coordinator at the Comox Valley Transition Society. She was involved in the union organizing drive to allow HSA to represent staff at the Society 19 years ago. Since then she has served as Assistant Chief Steward and as an HSA Labour Council Delegate. In this capacity, Davis currently sits as President of the Campbell River, Courtenay and District Labour Council.

Community social services return to bargaining table

February 12, 2013
Talks restart after two successful weeks of large-scale job action Last Friday, after two successful weeks of large-scale job action in community living and family services, the employer invited the multi-union bargaining association back to the bargaining table. The job action last week by nearly 3,400 community living workers affected the two largest community social service agencies in the province -- the Developmental Disabilities Association (DDA) and PosAbilities -- but also agencies in Victoria, Prince George, the Kootenays, Coquitlam, Surrey and Vancouver.

HSP tentative agreement details now available

February 8, 2013
Ratification vote meetings planned, details coming soon Details of the tentative agreement for health science professionals reached last week between the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association and Health Employers Association of BC are now available for members' review: