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HSA negotiators head to the table for members in all sectors

The Report: February 2012 vol.33 num.1

Collective agreements covering the vast majority of HSA members working in health sciences and community social services expire on March 31, and HSAs negotiators have already begun work on the next agreements.

HEALTH SCIENCE PROFESSIONALS

Bargaining for the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association was scheduled to begin February 27.

HSA priorities for bargaining were set at a three-day bargaining proposal conference in November.

Your questions from telephone town hall meeting

Two weeks ago, we held a special telephone town hall meeting for pharmacists concerned about government plans to cut your salary by up to 14%.  Several hundred people took part in this important discussion, and we answered a number of questions from members like you.
 
Unfortunately, we have since learned that our technical supplier for the event made an error.  As a result of this supplier error, some questions left by members at the end of the meeting were not received.
 

HSA calls on HEABC to rescind notice of wage rollback for pharmacists

Health Sciences Association (HSA), on behalf of the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association, called on the Health Employers Association of BC (HEABC) in a meeting today to rescind the notice it gave earlier this month that it plans to roll back hospital pharmacists wages by as much as $12,000 a year.

Jeanne Meyers, HSAs executive director of legal services and labour relations, said the wage rollback is short-sighted.

Service Consolidations ... Fraser Health Authority Transfer Forms

Lower Mainland pharmacists being consolidated and transferred to Fraser Health Authority in early March, and who are not currently employed by Fraser Health Authority, you are asked to NOT provide the transfer forms FHA has sent you, with a deadline for return of January 27.

HSPBA provides form for pharmacists transferring to Fraser Health Authority to fulfill obligation to new employer

In order to comply with a requirement to provideemployees transferring to Fraser Health Authority under the Lower Mainlandpharmacy consolidation, HSPBA, the bargaining association that representshospital pharmacists facing a 9 ... 14 per cent wage rollback, has developed aform for pharmacists to provide to Fraser Health Authority.

 

Download the form here 

Lower Mainland Biomedical Engineering Technologist service consolidation: Q&A meetings next week

You are invited to attend the following meetings. HSA labour relations staff will be available to answer your questions regarding the consolidation of Biomedical Engineering Technology services in the Lower Mainland.

For HSA members in Fraser Health Authority
Tuesday, January 24
7:00 - 9:00 pm
Compass Point Inn - East Fraser Room
9850 King George Hwy, Surrey, BC
(near King George Skytrain Station)

HEABC announces plan to roll back pharmacist wages by up to 14 per cent

HEABC served notice last week that it plans to eliminate a market adjustment for pharmacists effective April 1, 2012.

The market adjustment, introduced to address chronic issues of recruitment and retention, has effectively stemmed the flow of pharmacists away from hospitals in British Columbia since 2006.

-HEABCs notice to cut pharmacists wages by 9 to 14 per cent is short-sighted and ill considered," said Jeanne Meyers, HSAs Executive Director of Legal Services and Labour Relations.