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PHSA Lab redesign still in the review stage

August 6, 2015
Over the last month the employer and HSA, on behalf of the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association (HSPBA), have met with members at the PHSA lab sites to review the employer’s draft organizational chart and to discuss the impact on members of the PHSA lab redesign.

HSABC 2015 CESA Fund Application

July 30, 2015
Does your organization promote and protect trade union, human, or women’s rights?  Are you working to eliminate inequalities in society and the workplace?  Are you fighting for universal health care and the elimination of poverty or the promotion and protection of a health environment? If so, HSA’s Committee on Equality and Social Action may be able to help. A percentage of members’ union dues are set aside for the committee to support organizations doing this important work, and the call for applications is now open. Deadline for application for funding is October 1.

March with Pride this weekend

July 27, 2015
March with the HSA and other labour unions as part of the Multi-Union Pride group in the Vancouver Pride Parade on Sunday, August 2, 2015. Arrive between 12 and 12:30 pm Marching is open to all HSA members, their families and friends. Participants must arrive at the float and marching group staging area on the north side of Alberni Street (between Thurlow and Burrard) by 12:30 pm at the latest. Just look for the HSA and other labour union flags. Please follow the link to let us know if you plan to participate.

Interior Health Authority announces plans to restructure lab services

July 22, 2015
A massive redesign of laboratory services in Interior Health Authority was announced this month by the health authority. Changes over the next two years include consolidation of all services to the Kelowna General Hospital lab, and the expanded use of Point of Care (POC) testing. The changes are expected to affect 23 sites across IHA.

Municipal Pension Plan seminars scheduled for HSA members

June 30, 2015
The Municipal Pension Plan has scheduled seminars for HSA members as follows:

Steward and OH&S Training

June 22, 2015
Registration Information:Stewards may register by logging into My Events Registration. Workshops will be listed under Steward Education events.

Union trustees named to Joint Benefits Trust

June 22, 2015
The 2014-2019 HSPBA collective agreement includes provisions committing the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association (HSPBA) and Health Employers' Association of BC (HEABC) to establish the Joint Health Science Benefits Trust (JHSBT) for provision of health and welfare benefits. The JHSBT will be governed by a Board of Trustees with an equal number of trustees appointed by HSPBA and HEABC, and members of the HSPBA Working Group have now been selected to act as interim trustees. The Working Group members and interim trustees are:

Patient transfer drivers reach tentative agreement on first contract

June 12, 2015
With the assistance of mediator Vince Ready, CUPE 873-03 and SN Transport have agreed to terms for a tentative agreement. Details of the first collective agreement for the local, reached last night after one session of mediated talks that began yesterday, will be disclosed to members at a ratification meeting scheduled for Tuesday (June 16).

EDMP program expanding for members at affiliate employers

June 4, 2015
Following the successful launch of the pilot project in April, the Enhanced Disability Management Program for affiliate employers is expanding once again. EDMP, which is already supporting thousands of HSA members working in health authorities, has a proven track record of helping members who are absent from work due either to a work-related or non-work related illness or injury, or when they are struggling at work.

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