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Community social service workers striking in Surrey Nov. 15; targeting Minister of Children and Families

November 14, 2012
Community social service workers who provide counselling, mental health, transition housing, but also family, children and immigrant services in Surrey will be on strike tomorrow. HSA members are not directly affected by strike action on November 15 ... but please show your solidarity on your personal time by supporting the protest.

Locations for Health Science Professionals strike vote meetings

November 13, 2012
UPDATED November 14, 2012 at  5:32 pm HSA has been at the bargaining table for seven months working to negotiate a new collective agreement. Talks broke down October 31. After seven months, the HEABC and the government have nothing to offer: No response to a wage demand. No response to repeated requests for costing on budget saving measures, including reorganizations and wellness programs. No agreement to proposals to reduce the risks to patients and health care professionals, who currently do not have sufficient sleeping hours free from call.

Community social services workers on strike in the Okanagan and Cariboo today & tomorrow

November 13, 2012
Community social services workers from agencies that support children and adults with developmental disabilities and provide numerous other community services will be on strike this week in the Okanagan (Vernon, Armstrong) and the Cariboo (Quesnel, Williams Lake). Striking workers want to send a message to the B.C. Liberal government: stop putting vulnerable families last!

Does your position qualify for an upwards reclassification with retroactivity?

November 9, 2012
Does your position qualify for an upwards reclassification with retroactivity? HSA has been working to identify non-supervisory and supervisory positions which may qualify for an upwards reclassification pursuant to a May 2012 grievance settlement agreement. See page 2 for action you must take prior to November 30th if your position satisfies the following definition:

Former councillor eyes NDP run

November 6, 2012
Prince George Citizen A former city councillor is hoping to make the leap from municipal to provincial politics. Debora Munoz, who sat as a member of Prince George city council for two terms between 2005 and 2011, has joined the B.C. New Democratic Party nomination race for the Nechako Lakes riding. So far she stands against labour activist Sussanne Skidmore-Hewlett for the nomination to challenge incumbent B.C. Liberal John Rustad.

Rally for health care Wednesday in Vancouver

November 6, 2012
70,000 B.C. health care workers are still without new collective agreements Its time for a fair and reasonable deal. Speakers: Jim Sinclair & Irene Lanzinger, BC Federation of Labour Darryl Walker, President, BCGEU Bonnie Pearson, Secretary-Business Manager, HEU Reid Johnson, President, HSA Where: Vancouver Art Gallery, North Side When:

Community Health Services and Support: Job action imminent

November 6, 2012
The Community Bargaining Association (CBA) reviewed the employer's latest offer.  Although a wage increase is included in the offer, it is tied securely to a corresponding "offset" (cost savings) from the collective agreement.  The offset is matched by the employer to provide the wage increase.  There is no guarantee built into the proposal that the wage increase will not be eroded in the future by increases to the cost of the provisions where the 'savings' were proposed.

Community social services: Agencies in Terrace and the Kootenays striking this week

November 5, 2012
Last week, HSA members at SHARE Family and Community Services were joined by HSA President Reid Johnson at a successful protest at MLA Douglas Hornes constituency office in Port Moody. You can see photos and share your comments at facebook.com/hsabc.org. Community social service workers at agencies that support children and adults with developmental disabilities and provide numerous other community services will be on strike this week in Terrace and the Kootenays. Their message to the BC Liberal government:  stop putting vulnerable families last!

Sick Of The Flu Shot In The Peace

November 2, 2012
The Northerner A flu season begins, the recent decision to require health care workers to either take the vaccine or wear a mask is being challenged by the Health Sciences Association (HSA). The unpopular measure has divided medical professionals in the Peace Region. "We're being asked to put something in our body (and) we have no idea where it's coming from," said one local health care worker, and member of the HSA.

Telephone town hall meetings for information about health science professionals strike vote

November 2, 2012
Health science professionals represented by HSA are invited to participate in one of two telephone town hall meetings scheduled for next week. To join the call, simply answer your personal phone, and you will be connected. Please ensure HSA has your personal / home phone number by emailing your full name and contact info to memberlist@hsabc.org ... or you can sign in at www.hsabc.org and update your information by logging in.