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Health workers call off action

December 11, 2012
Times Colonist (Victoria) This week's anticipated cancellation of medical procedures in Vancouver Island hospitals was called off Sunday, but the dispute between health professionals and their employers continues. After three days of talks overseen by veteran labour mediator Vince Ready, members of the Health Sciences Association of B.C. charged Sunday that they are being goaded into a strike by the government's bargaining group, the Health Employers Association of B.C.

HSA offers second Election Campaign School

December 11, 2012
Due to the large number of members who have expressed an interest in getting involved in the upcoming provincial election, HSA is holding another 2-day, non-partisan election campaign school. This workshop is designed for HSA members with little or no experience in electoral politics, but who are interested in working on election campaigns or running for political office. The school will focus on opportunities for involvement in the May 2013 provincial election, but will also touch on municipal and federal elections.

HSA Political Action Fund support available for election campaign training

December 11, 2012
Members may apply for Political Action Fund support to attend election campaign training which is: a) non-partisan (e.g., the Canadian Women Voters Congress Women's Campaign School); or b) offered by labour organizations with which HSA is affiliated (e.g., the BC Federation of Labour, the Canadian Labour Congress, labour councils etc); orc) offered by political parties that meet all of HSA's 4 criteria, by demonstrating support for the following:

HSA Political Action Fund support available for May 14, 2013 provincial election

December 11, 2012
HSA members throughout the province who are running for office or working in the upcoming provincial election may apply to HSA for financial support from HSA's Political Action Fund. 1. Members who are candidates may apply for up to 30 days of wage replacement and/or up to $200 to cover approved personal expenses incurred to run for office. 2. Members who are working on an election campaign may apply for up to 30 days of wage replacement, but must confirm that they are donating at least 20 hours of their own unpaid time to work on the campaign.

... Therefore be it resolved

December 11, 2012
HSA members will soon be preparing for the 2013 HSA Convention, to be held April 18 - 20, 2013 at the Fairmont Hotel (Vancouver Hotel) in Vancouver. Annual convention is the union's annual meeting where chapter representatives from around the province determine the union's future direction. Policies, actions, constitutional amendments, and structural changes are all discussed and debated at convention.

Health sciences union ends strike

December 11, 2012
Alberni Valley Times British Columbia's health science professionals have called off upcoming rotating strikes after getting a new contract proposal from the government over the weekend, but the union says it's still not taking the deal.

Health workers union rejects contract offer

December 11, 2012
The Globe and Mail  VANCOUVER -- In a reaction perhaps unique in labour annals, negotiators for the Health Sciences Association are so outraged by the provincial government's last contract offer that they have called off their latest round of job action.

Health workers suspend job action

December 10, 2012
Nanaimo News Bulletin Byline: Jenn McGarrigle  A range of health-care services will continue as normal in Nanaimo this week, as health science workers suspend strike activity.

No job action planned for lab staff

December 10, 2012
The Daily News (Kamloops) The union representing laboratory and other staff at Interior hospitals has withdrawn planned job action today. Interior Health Authority said Sunday all service levels at Royal Inland Hospital are scheduled to be at normal levels. Health Sciences Association of B.C. members in pharmacy services were reduced to essential service levels Thursday, with imaging workers out on Friday. Staff in lab services were otherwise slated to be out today. © 2012 The Daily News (Kamloops)

Labs not hit by job action

December 10, 2012
The Daily Courier (Kelowna) Laboratory services will be running normally today, Interior Health says. Unionized health care workers have decided not to withdraw their services to back contract demands. Members of the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association had threatened to walk off the job, leaving only emergency service levels in place at IH labs.