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COMMUNITY HEALTH: HSA Board of Directors recommends rejecting tentative agreement

HSAs board of directors voted this week to recommend rejection of the tentative agreement reached last month in the Community Health Services and Support sector between the bargaining associations lead union, BCGEU, and the provincial government.

The board agreed with HSAs negotiating team representing members in the sector that the agreement asks members to give up too many hard-won benefits.

Tentative agreement reached in community health bargaining

A settlement was achieved late in the day on Saturday, December 19 between the Community Bargaining Association and the Health Employers Association of B.C. (HEABC).

The CBA represents 10,000 workers delivering services in community health, including just over 600 HSA members.

Highlights of the tentative agreement are:

Community Bargaining Association heads into bargaining

HSAs negotiating team representing the unions health services and support (community subsector) workers will be at the bargaining table with the employer from December 14 to December 18.

The members are part of the multi-union Community Bargaining Association.

HSAs health services and support (community subsector) members set their bargaining priorities at a bargaining proposal meeting held November 16 in Richmond. Delegates to this meeting elected bargaining representatives, as follows:

HSA members encouraged to participate in H1N1 vaccination program

Following the protocol issued by BCs Medical Health Officer, beginning next week health care workers will be offered vaccination against the H1N1 virus. This includes all HSA members who work with vulnerable populations.

HSA encourages members to participate in the H1N1 vaccination program.

When you receive your H1N1 vaccination, you will also be offered vaccination against seasonal flu.

Meeting to set contract objectives; This is your chance to have a say

With the Heath Services and Support Community contract set to expire March 31, 2010, planning is underway to prepare bargaining priorities to present at the bargaining table.

HSA stewards will be setting chapter meetings to be held by November 11, 2009 to discuss and develop bargaining proposals. All HSA members covered by the Health Services and Support Community collective agreement are urged to attend these chapter meetings. You negotiating team needs your input.

Retraining Fund available for HSA members in Health Services and Support (Community Subsector) Agreement

(This information applies to HSA members of the Health Services and Support / Community Subsector.)

In September, HSA mailed to every member in the Health Services and Support (Community Subsector) information about the Community Retraining Fund available to unionized workers in the Health Services and Support Community subsector.  The package includes:

a) an overview,
b) answers to frequently asked questions, and
c) application forms.

Rallies planned to oppose termination of autism programs

Families are planning rallies in the coming weeks to fight the cut in funding for autism services for children.
HSA President Reid Johnson will join the Kelowna rally Sunday October 18 at 11 a.m.
  • Date: Sunday, October 18th
  • Time: 11 am - 1 pm
  • Place: Kerry Park/The Sails (downtown Kelowna on Bernard Avenue)

Why are the BC Liberals picking on our children?

Fresh on the heels of cutting funding for children with autism, the Ministry for Children and Family Development has abruptly cut off funding to the Infant Development Programs provincial office.

-Why are the BC Liberals picking on kids with disabilities?" asked Reid Johnson, President of the Health Sciences Association of BC.

Pension seminars for all Plan members

The Municipal Pension Plan continues to offer pension seminars to plan members. 

Plan members have a choice of two seminars:

Your Pension, Your Future is aimed towards new and mid-career plan members.  In this seminar, the emphasis is on the value of plan membership, explaining pension benefits and helping members understand how decisions they make today can impact their future pension income.  Members will learn how to read their Member's Benefit Statement and find out ways to make the most of their future pension.