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Training funds available for HSA members in the community health sector

July 11, 2012
If you are an HSA member who was laid off after January 28, 2002 due to re-tendering, contracting out, or bumping from a heath care job in the community subsector, - or - If you are a current employee in a community subsector job and are interested in skills development, you may be eligible for reimbursement of training costs. The retraining funds are available as a result of a settlement between health unions, health employers and the BC government related to a June, 2007 Supreme Court of Canada ruling on Bill 29.

Reminder ... Holidays Act Q&A: employees working July 2, 2012 get stat pay

June 29, 2012
Q: Im scheduled to work July 1, and not on July 2. However, my employer says that I will not be getting paid at the -statutory holiday" rate for work on July 1. Is this right? A: This year, July 1 falls on a Sunday. According to the federal Holidays Act, this means the legal statutory holiday is July 2. For 2012, members working July 2 will receive stat pay ... not those working July 1.

BCGEU members to strike in demand for fair and reasonable collective agreement

June 29, 2012
Late Monday evening, the BCGEU will commence a one-day job action at BC Liquor distribution centres in Vancouver, Victoria and Kamloops. HSA members are encouraged to join the BCGEU members at each of the three locations throughout the action, but primarily from 6:00 am on Tuesday, July 3, 2012 until the action is over at the end of the day.  Please bring banners and signs that show your support. Location details are as follows:

Hospital therapists slam Chilliwack rehab closure

June 26, 2012
Chilliwack Progress Byline: Robert Freeman  The Health Sciences Association of B.C. has joined Chilliwack hospital doctors and community leaders criticizing the decision to replace a rehab unit at Chilliwack General with an outpatient service. "Doctors and rehab specialists were not consulted about this closure," said HSABC President Reid Johnston.

Community Social Services: CLBC executive bonuses expose government's double standard; vote YES for a strong strike mandate

June 26, 2012
The provincial government has given community social services workers another strong motivation to attend strike vote meetings being held around BC.  Inflation is driving up the cost of living. The price of a litre of gas has climbed by 43 per cent since the last pay raise for community social services workers. Bread is up more than 11 per cent and milk more than 10 per cent. However, these are not the only double digit increases.

Community Social Services: Reminder to attend info meeting and cast your ballot

June 22, 2012
Strike vote meetings for all unionized workers in the sector continue next week. In addition to local info meetings, two thousand union members from across the province participated in a telephone town hall on Tuesday. HSA President Reid Johnson told the town hall about his background working in community social services as a family counsellor, and in community living providing vocational rehab.  ‎"I know first hand how challenging and rewarding these jobs are," he said.

Community Health Services and Support: talks adjourn for three weeks after tabling monetary proposals

June 21, 2012
Three weeks of negotiations for the renewal of the Community Health collective agreement covering 14,000 health care and administrative workers in the Community Health sub-sector concluded on Saturday, June 16 in Vancouver. Talks are scheduled to resume on July 9, 2012 for one week.

Chilliwack rehab: Consult before closing

June 19, 2012
Chilliwack Times Another union is calling for consultation before the Fraser Health Authority follows through on its plan to shut down an inpatient rehabilitation unit at Chilliwack General Hospital.

Community Health Services: Talks continue for 20 straight days

June 18, 2012
Negotiations aimed at concluding a new contract covering 16,000 health care and administrative workers in the Community Health Services and Support sub-sector continued last week in Vancouver. Talks will continue. On Monday and again on Wednesday last week, the Health Employers Association of British Columbia (HEABC) presented a broad based benefits proposal.  The Community Bargaining Association (CBA) is reviewing the proposals and we will provide you with the details when the bargaining committee has been able to get clarity.

HSA calls for consultation before Chilliwack General Hospitals rehab unit closure

June 15, 2012
The union representing rehabilitation therapists at Chilliwack General Hospital is joining community leaders in calling for consultation before the hospitals rehab unit is unilaterally closed. The Health Sciences Association represents physiotherapists, occupational therapists, social workers, and other rehab specialists across BC, including at Chilliwack General Hospital. HSA President Reid Johnson said a unilateral closure of the rehab unit is a big blow to the community. He questioned how the new plan for Fraser Health therapy services was developed.