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Nurses tied down by tie-in

December 1, 2012
The Report: December 2012 vol.33 num.4 NURSES NEW CONTRACT MAKES ACCESS TO MEDICATION HARDER PENSIONS Q AND A BY DENNIS BLATCHFORD, HSA PENSION AND BENEFIT ADVOCATE Q. As a new HSA member who falls under the Nurses Bargaining Association (NBA) contract, could you please explain to me what the -PharmaCare tie-in" is all about?

Dean Elbe, Pharmacist

December 1, 2012
The Report: December 2012 vol.33 num.4 BY LAURA BUSHEIKIN IS IT POSSIBLE TO STAND UP FOR YOUR PROFESSION USING 140 CHARACTERS OR LESS? HSA member Dr. Dean Elbe says, -Yes, absolutely." Elbe, a Clinical Pharmacist at BC Childrens Hospitals Child and Adolescent Mental Health Program, used his Twitter account to help HSA galvanize opposition to a proposed 14 per cent rollback in pharmacists salaries earlier this year.

Breaking the impasse

December 1, 2012
The Report: December 2012 vol.33 num.4 AFTER NINE MONTHS OF HARD BARGAINING, WE HAVE REACHED AN IMPASSE. LET ME TELL YOU HOW WE GOT HERE. You have given the bargaining committee a clear mandate: restore competitive wages, protect benefits and protect working conditions, including dealing with workload and call issues. We have spent nine months trying to kick start negotiations and make inroads on these issues. But HEABC insists there will be no deal without concessions. We say: absolutely not.

VIHA officials asked to address specialist shortage

November 30, 2012
Harbour City Star By Darrell Bellaart Health officials have been told to address a shortage of specialists who help critically ill patients with breathing difficulties at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital. WorkSafe B.C. ruled the Vancouver Island Health Authority must provide a plan to stop scheduling respiratory therapists to work shifts as long as 24 hours. A Work-Safe inspector toured NRGH on Nov. 9 and issued an inspection report Nov. 16.

More respiratory therapists needed at NRGH

November 30, 2012
Nanaimo News Bulletin The Health Sciences Association of B.C. wants Vancouver Island Health Authority to hire more respiratory therapists for Nanaimo Regional General Hospital. VIHA says it wants to raise staffing levels, but can't find people to fill the positions.

HSA negotiates elimination of punitive aspects of BCs policy on mandatory flu vaccinations

November 30, 2012
On the eve of the implementation of a new province-wide policy that threatened to fire health science professionals who refused to declare whether they had been vaccinated against seasonal flu, Health Sciences Association  has negotiated an agreement that sees the government back off on the policys punitive aspects.

Health science professionals set to take strike action next week

November 30, 2012
For immediate release:  November 30, 2012 The members of BCs modern health care team who provide diagnostic, clinical and rehabilitation services have announced they will begin strike action next week.  Tired and frustrated by months of inaction at the bargaining table, health science professionals voted 90 per cent in favour of a strike this month. Wednesday, December 5, pharmacists ... who were threatened with a 15 per cent wage rollback earlier this year ... will reduce their work to essential services only.

Rally for fairness tomorrow

November 27, 2012
Come join 2000 delegates to the BC Federation of Labour convention to call for fairness for all workers: DATE: Wednesday, November 28 TIME: noon -- convene between East and West Vancouver Convention buildings, 1055 Canada Place noon-12:30pm -- march to Vancouver Art Gallery

Community health services and support workers strike at VCMHS; community social services workers strike at Cameray Family and Community Services

November 27, 2012
Community social services workers (represented by HSA) are on strike tomorrow, as are community health services and support workers (represented by CUPE) at Vancouver Community Mental Health. (HSA also represents health science professionals at VCMHS, who are not on strike.)   Community health services and support  

Union ready to strike

November 23, 2012
Cariboo Press / Vernon Morning Star Health science professionals have delivered a 90 per cent strike vote to back their bargaining committee in negotiations with B.C.'s health employers.