News & Updates
Patient transfer services union serves 72-hour strike notice; pickets lines possible at Metro Vancouver hospitals
May 29, 2015VANCOUVER – CUPE 873-03 served 72-hour strike notice to SN Transport yesterday after attempts to reach a first collective agreement failed. The union represents 115 workers who provide patient transfer services in the Lower Mainland. “From the moment this group of workers joined CUPE and we started bargaining their first agreement, the employer has resisted and used foot dragging tactics,” said CUPE National Representative John Strohmaier. “No-one likes to go on strike, but this employer has done nothing to reach a fair first collective agreement but put up obstacles.”
May 29, 2015In February, Provincial Health Services Authority served Section 54 notice informing the Health Sciences Professional Bargaining Association that it intended to introduce a change to Lower Mainland pathology and laboratory services. This change would affect the terms, conditions or security of employment of a significant number of health science professional bargaining unit employees. Over the past four months HSPBA and PHSA have met to discuss PHSA's proposed job descriptions and classifications associated with its service delivery design.
May 26, 2015The Canadian Labour Congress is kicking off the labour movement's initiative to engage members in issues that will be important to working people in the upcoming federal election. Issues like health care, child care, retirement security and the creation of good, family-supporting jobs. This fall we'll elect a new government, and you can be a part of it.
May 26, 2015Are you a woman considering running for elected office, or working in a key position in a future election campaign? If so, then the Canadian Women Voters Congress Women’s Campaign School is for you. Dates: June 12 to June 14, 2015Location: Victoria, BC
May 5, 2015Physiotherapist Val Avery was re-elected to serve as HSA president at a convention attended by over 300 delegates from around BC.
April 30, 2015The BC Labour Relations Board has ruled that workers and patients were put at risk by dangerous tactics used by BC Nurses' Union (BCNU) organizers in December. The BCNU organizers were attempting to convince registered psychiatric nurses to leave their union, Health Sciences Association of BC.
April 28, 2015Every year, thousands of Canadians are killed or injured on the job or die from work-related diseases. Yet, this is something few of us think about when we mark our ballots at election time. This year, Canadians have an opportunity to elect a new federal government. Let's make sure that the people we vote for will go to Parliament and ensure the next government will properly enforce health and safety laws, including the criminal code when necessary.
April 28, 2015This is an update for all BC Cancer Agency members with outstanding 37.5 hour work week grievances, and follows up on the bulletin we sent out to you on February 10. In February we told you that the employer was prepared to negotiate a resolution to the outstanding 37.5 hour grievances at the BC Cancer Agency, and that we were working towards a prototype resolution at the Fraser Valley Cancer Centre. We were hopeful that discussions would result in resolutions for many of the outstanding grievances.
April 24, 2015June 23-27, 2015 Reed College campus, Portland, OregonFighting for a Fair Future The Summer Institute for Union Women (SIUW) is a 4-day residential school designed to empower women as leaders in the labour movement through participatory education and community-building. See the University of Oregon website for more details.
April 20, 2015Under the terms of the collective agreements, a general wage increase of 1 per cent for all members covered by the Health Science Professionals (HSPBA), Community Social Services (CSSBA), and Community Health Services and Support (CBA) contracts takes effect the first pay period after April 1, 2015. A majority of employers have the first full pay period as April 11 - 25, so the wage increase takes effect in that pay period.