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Psychiatric nurses: bargaining continues for key priorities

September 10, 2012
Negotiators for the Nurses Bargaining Association (BC Nurses Union, Health Sciences Association, Union of Psychiatric Nurses) have been working hard to achieve a new provincial contract that addresses members top priorities - improving patient care and patient safety through safe staffing and job security. The current bargaining session, which began on August 17, was scheduled to end  August 31. Instead, bargaining carried on through the Labour Day weekend, and continues this week.

UPDATED: Community Health Services and Support: Reminder to attend info meeting and cast your ballot

September 10, 2012
Strike vote meetings for all unionized workers in the sector continue this week.  In addition, some HSA members covered by the Community Health Services and Support contract will be voting by mail-in ballot.  HSA President Reid Johnson urged members to vote YES to back fair and reasonable demands.  

Government workers to strike Sept 5; HSA members encouraged to support in solidarity

September 4, 2012
On Wednesday, September 5, the BC Government and Service Employees Union (BCGEU), Professional Employees Association (PEA) and Canadian Office & Professional Employees Union (COPE) local 378 will go on a one-day strike. Approximately 27,000 workers will strike to back their bargaining demands for a fair and reasonable contract. This will affect government offices, ICBC, and various public service sites in 153 communities across BC.

Lots to talk about

September 1, 2012
The Report: September 2012 vol.33 num.3 Like those of you who attend a lot of meetings, I notice that some of them arent that productive. But thats not how I feel about the regional meetings we hold annually. With more than 16,000 members working in over 75 professions at 250 facilities in communities all over the province, I look forward to the regional meetings as an opportunity to connect with you and hear what you have to say about the work you do and the challenges we face as an organization. This fall is no exception.

WCB changes won't help victims of mental stress

September 1, 2012
The Report: September 2012 vol.33 num.3 Bill 14 is being heralded for making BC a leader on workplace mental health and stress. But in practice it will make life harder for employees facing mental stress.

Monika Tsia, clinical exercise specialist

September 1, 2012
The Report: September 2012 vol.33 num.3 BY LAURA BUSHEIKIN Clinical exercise specialist Monika Tsia is used to seeing a blank look in peoples eyes when she tells them what she does. Although most people are well aware that physical exercise is one of the most important things we can do to get healthy and stay healthy, not many people know that clinical exercise specialists even exist, let alone what they do. Luckily, Tsia, who works in cardiac rehabilitation at the Jim Pattison Outpatient Care and Surgery Centre, is passionate about her job.

HSA members reject dues increase

August 30, 2012
HSA members have rejected a proposal to increase union dues in order to offset an unfunded liability in a union long term disability plan. The proposal for a dues increase was rejected by a margin of 84% to 16%. More than 5,000 members ... or 30 per cent of the total membership ... participated in the vote.

Unions table package of proposals in health science professionals bargaining, but all signals are that talks grinding to a halt (link fixed)

August 30, 2012
In an effort to kick-start contract talks for health science professionals, this week the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association tabled a comprehensive list of proposals ... with the exception of a wage proposal. -We made a valiant effort to move things along this week," said HSBBA chief negotiator Jeanne Meyers. -We tabled a comprehensive package of proposals for changes to the collective agreement that would address a number of issues affecting our members."

Community Health Services and Support strike vote: vote YES for a fair and reasonable contract

August 29, 2012
Talks to renew the Community Health Services and Support provincial contract have adjourned and the unions will be conducting a strike vote. HSA President Reid Johnson said that after eight long months at the bargaining table, members in community health services and support deserve a fair and reasonable deal.