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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.

Community Social Services: Job action likely even as CSSBA returns to bargaining table

August 28, 2012
Public rally on Sept. 13 in support of community social services With a strong strike mandate backing members demands for a fair deal in General Services and Community Living Services, the Community Social Services Bargaining Association (CSSBA) will meet with employers on September 17 and 18. Potential job action is likely without a change in governments restrictive so-called -cooperative gains" bargaining approach. It dictates that all public sector workers must find -savings" in their collective agreement to fund any wage increase.

Employers continue to violate collective agreement by making classification changes, HSA charges; arbitration decision to be handed down after November

August 27, 2012
In spite of the unions cease and desist request and an active arbitration about employers failure to adhere to certain terms and conditions negotiated in the 2010-2012 HSPBA collective agreement, employers continue to implement classification changes. HSA, on behalf of the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association, charged that HEABC has contravened the collective agreement by failing or refusing to work towards fulfillment of the objectives outlined for the Joint Classification Committee, negotiated in the 2010-2012 collective agreement.

Arbitrator to mediate sick-time policy dispute; VCH says program works and has saved $10 million in four years

August 25, 2012
Vancouver Sun The B.C. Nurses' Union wants to scrap an unpopular workplace attendance scheme imposed by the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority and an independent arbitrator has been called in to mediate the dispute. The four-year-old attendance and wellness program was implemented to increase productivity among health care workers by cutting down on sick days, but nurses maintain they are being harassed and forced to go to work when ill, jeopardizing their own health and that of patients.

HSA encourages members to vaccinate against flu; will investigate implications of new policy requiring surgical masks for those who don't

August 24, 2012
BCs Provincial Health Officer Perry Kendall yesterday announced new measures for influenza prevention among health care workers and patients.