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West Coast Medical Imaging members vote to ratify new contract

Members working at West Coast Medical Imaging have voted in favour of accepting the terms of a new collective agreement. 73% voted in favour of ratification during votes in Vancouver and Victoria earlier this week.

The agreement provides improvements in sick leave, family illness, vacation access and uniform policy.

Over the coming months, HSA and the employer will meet to finalize the collective agreement for distribution and implementation.

Q&A: Are pension benefits like dental guaranteed?

HSA REPORT MAGAZINE, JULY 2016

Q: I have been following the recent announcement that our pension plan is making changes to retiree benefits in 2017 – including eliminating subsidies for dental coverage. As someone planning to retire in about 10 years, I’m wondering if I can count on benefits still being available when I retire. If not, I may have to adjust my retirement horizon to compensate for additional expenses in retirement.

Tentative agreement reached for West Coast Medical Imaging

HSA’s bargaining committee has reached a tentative agreement with West Coast Medical Imaging. HSA represents almost 200 members working in diagnostic imaging clinics in the Vancouver and Victoria regions.
 
The tentative four-year agreement includes modest wage increases, improvements to sick leave and vacation provisions, and an agreement on a process on issues related to casuals’ seniority rights.
 
Details of the terms of the tentative agreement and a schedule of ratification votes will be circulated in the coming days.

Bargaining underway for new contract with West Coast Medical Imaging

Bargaining is underway for a new collective agreement between HSA and West Coast Medical Imaging (WCMI).

Union bargaining committee members Gary Finnerty and Fran Wagner from the Lower Mainland and Lee McKellar and Jenn Frost from Victoria, along with HSA staff negotiators Dani Demetlika and Gurleen Sahota and labour relations specialist Jessica Magalios, got underway at the end of April and resumed yesterday, with two days of bargaining scheduled for this week, and another two days scheduled at the beginning of June.

Contract ratified: 85 per cent vote in favour of accepting new contract for BC's nurses

Nurses covered by the Nurses Bargaining Association (NBA) contract, including the 900 Registered Psychiatric Nurses represented by HSA, have voted 85 per cent in favour of accepting a new collective agreement.

The new agreement features wage increases for all nurses, some changes to benefits coverage, and a number of contract changes that address staffing issues, education, and violence in the workplace.

ACHIEVEMENTS

The tentative agreement achieves eight of the 11 priorities HSA's RPNs set for bargaining, including:

Update on CBA Comparability Increases

The current Health Services and Support Community Subsector collective agreement gives approximately 80 per cent of the FTEs (full time equivalents) in the Community Subsector comparability increases of 1 per cent in April 2016, 0.5 per cent in April 2017 and 0.5 per cent in April 2018. These increases will narrow the gap between Community jobs and higher paid Facilities jobs doing the same or similar work, and which have comparable benchmarks.

Bargaining update: West Coast Medical Imaging

Members are advised that HSA anticipates active negotiations with West Coast Medical Imaging will get underway in April. HSA has proposed a number of dates for bargaining, and is working with the employer to finalize those dates.
 

Benefits protected as HSPBA transitions to a joint benefits trust

Health science professionals will soon have greater control over their benefits thanks to a new joint benefits trust. The trustees will become part of an innovative and progressive approach that gives them the flexibility to design a benefit structure that aligns with members' needs. It is fitting that health science professionals were first to sign onto this initiative, given how central innovation is in their day to day practice.