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PHSA Lab Redesign update March 27

March 27, 2015
Members holding a Chief Medical Technologist position can now breathe a little easier, given PHSA's agreement to have a Chief Medical Technologist position at every facility within its Lower Mainland Pathology & Laboratory Services. PHSA intends to title the position "Site Supervisor".

March 31: Rally For Health Care

March 24, 2015
On March 31st, communities across the country are rallying to call for federal leadership on health care. Last year, the Federal Government let the Health Accord expire. Without an Accord, there is no agreement between Ottawa and the provinces to ensure equal access, proper funding, and high standards for health care in Canada. The provinces are asking for a new Accord, but the federal government is refusing to discuss a new deal.

PHSA lab redesign update March 20

March 20, 2015
The employer cancelled this week's meeting due to illnesses. We expect to meet with them again shortly, and will keep you posted. Background

Notice of Pharmacare changes that may impact coverage

March 13, 2015
Pacific Blue Cross has circulated a bulletin explaining changes which may affect the Pharmacare coverage for some members. Please read the full memo to see if this affects you. The changes take effect April 1. You can contact Pacific Blue Cross with any questions at 604 419-2600 or 1-888-275-4672 (toll-free).

PHSA confirms lab redesign to go back to the drawing board

March 2, 2015
Following a February 24 meeting and review of feedback from the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association, led by HSA, Provincial Health Services Authority has announced it intends to rethink the laboratory services redesign proposed earlier this month. On February 3, PHSA served section 54 notice that it intended to introduce a change to Lower Mainland pathology and laboratory services focusing on employees who have been in supervisory roles such as section heads, technical coordinators and chiefs.

HSA responds to proposed redesign of lab services at PHSA

February 17, 2015
Earlier this month Provincial Health Services Authority served section 54 notice that it intends to introduce a change to Lower Mainland pathology and laboratory services focusing on employees who have been in supervisory roles such as section heads, technical coordinators and chiefs. HSA, on behalf of the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association, has delivered a three-level response:

Update on 37.5 hour work week grievances

February 4, 2015
The 37.5 hour work week first took effect on September 1, 2013, and over the course of that fall HSA filed a significant number of grievances on behalf of members impacted by the implementation. In the 16 months since then, a lot has happened.

Women's Rights Committee Working for Change Workshop

February 4, 2015
Workers in community social services understand the major issues facing women, especially the core causes and impact of growing inequality in Canada. Are you interested in learning more about engaging members to become involved in advocating for change? HSA invites members to join us for a day of training that combines the opportunity to network with other HSA members working in community social services with training specifically focused on women and women’s issues.  

Lab redesign at Provincial Health Services Authority

February 4, 2015
Provincial Health Services Authority has served section 54 notice informing the Health Sciences Professional Bargaining Association that it intends to introduce a change to Lower Mainland pathology and laboratory services. This change will affect the terms, conditions or security of employment of a significant number of health science professional bargaining unit employees.

Nominations open for HSA board members in Regions 1, 3, 5, 7, & 9

January 30, 2015
This year, Regional Director elections will take place in Regions 1, 3, 5, 7, and 9.  All HSA members in these regions are encouraged to put their name forward for these important positions. The Board of Directors meets quarterly, and directors take an active leadership role in representing the union.  They receive wage replacement at their regular rate of pay for the time they spend in official meetings.  Part-time and casual members are reimbursed as if they were at work during the meetings they attend.

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