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UPDATE: Details of health science professionals' tentative agreement now available for members to review; ratification vote meetings planned

February 8, 2013
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 at the HSA website at www.hsabc.org. A link to the downloadable report will be emailed to members. Members who do not have an email address registered with HSA will receive a hard copy of the booklet by mail. Booklets will also be available through your stewards after February 15.

Nearly 500 family service workers on strike

February 6, 2013
Nearly 500 family service workers across British Columbia are striking on Wednesday, February 6 and Thursday, February 7. Family service workers work with vulnerable families. They intervene when children or youth are at risk. They help with substance addictions. They work with teenage or single parents trying to make ends meet. They provide family counselling, vocational and life skills training, job placement services, assessment, therapy, infant and supported child development, and autism intervention.

Nearly 500 family service workers on strike

February 6, 2013
Nearly 500 family service workers across British Columbia are striking on Wednesday, February 6 and Thursday, February 7. 

Making it right

February 2, 2013
Prince George Citizen The tentative deal between the Health Sciences Association of BC and the provincial government is set to run until March 2014, an incorrect date appeared in a story in Friday's Citizen. Also the union represents a number of medical professionals including lab and radiation technologists. An incorrect description of their job title appeared in the story.

Despite frustration, province inks new health deal

February 1, 2013
Prince George Citizen  Health science professionals will work longer hours, but get higher base pay, if a tentative deal announced Thursday is ratified.

Striking disability staff walk out; Community service workers getting paid a dollar per hour less than 11 years ago

February 1, 2013
Richmond News  Dozens of community social services workers, many from the Developmental Disabilities Association (DDA), went on a one-day strike Wednesday morning outside the DDA head office on Shell Road. DDA executive director Alanna Hendren was present and spoke to media and workers about the starting wages that are $15.54 an hour, down from $16.83 in 2002. "During a time when the cost of living has increased by 18 per cent, this has to change," said Hendren who added her and the board of directors have no input into pay levels.

RPNs: BC PharmaCare tie-in starts February 1

January 31, 2013
In the last round of bargaining, the Nurses Bargaining Association negotiated changes to the extended health care plan. Prescription drug coverage now includes a PharmaCare tie-in. The change will go into effect on February 1, 2013. The NBA agreed to introduce a managed formulary through the PharmaCare tie in to help manage rising costs, and ensure that members can continue to obtain the medications they need, or an equivalent alternative.

Tentative agreement reached for health science professionals

January 31, 2013
After almost a year of bargaining for a new contract, the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association (HSPBA) has reached a tentative agreement for nearly 17,000 health science professionals working in hospitals and communities across British Columbia. "In yet another very difficult bargaining climate, our priority was to achieve fair and reasonable wages for our members, and to continue to provide the quality health care services British Columbians rely on," said HSA President Reid Johnson.

Registered Psychiatric Nurses: BC PharmaCare tie-in goes into effect February 1

January 31, 2013
In the last round of bargaining, the Nurses Bargaining Association negotiated changes to the extended health care plan.  Prescription drug coverage now includes a PharmaCare tie-in. The change will go into effect on February 1, 2013. The NBA agreed to introduce a managed formulary through the PharmaCare tie in to help manage rising costs, and ensure that members can continue to obtain the medications they need, or an equivalent alternative. 

Tentative agreement reached for health science professionals

January 31, 2013
After almost a year of bargaining for a new contract, the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association (HSPBA) has reached a tentative agreement for nearly 17,000 health science professionals working in hospitals and communities across British Columbia. -In yet another very difficult bargaining climate, our priority was to achieve fair and reasonable wages for our members, and to continue to provide the quality health care services British Columbians rely on," said HSA President Reid Johnson.