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On-call and call back conference call for members working in CT scheduled for 7 p.m. tonight

Members iin the Lower Mainland who are concerned about requirements for on call and call back work are encouraged to participate in discipline-specific conference calls starting tonight, Monday Augus 22 at 7 p.m., for members who work in CT.

Call in numbers

  • Toll free         1.877.385.4099
  • Local               604.899.2339
  • Participant access code     58180

Conference calls for other disciplines are scheduled as follows:

HSA surveying members about on call concerns

Health Sciences Association is conducting a random survey of members who work on call or experience call-back. The on line survey, which is being conducted by Viewpoints Research, will sample the views of several hundred HSA members around the province over the next three weeks.

Lower Mainland Pharmacy Consolidation: labour adjustment plan reached

The union and health employers have reached a labour adjustment plan to minimize the impact of the employers consolidation plan for pharmacy services in the Lower Mainland.

The Health Science Professional Bargaining Associations pharmacy consolidation committee has been meeting with pharmacists across the Lower Mainland to hear concerns and ideas. The union ensured this input was a crucial part of the meetings with health employers. After a series of meetings throughout April, May & June, the parties reached an agreement in recent days.

Lower Mainland Health Information Management: HSA negotiating to minimize disruption

Since January 11, 2011, health employers have been attempting to consolidate Health Information Management (HIM) Lower Mainland wide. 

HSA has been making attempts to negotiate a labour adjustment agreement to minimize impacts to our health information management members caught up in this process.

To date, HSA does not have an agreed upon labour adjustment agreement with Providence for HIM Lower Mainland consolidation.

We understand that the employer has gone ahead in implementing their organizational structure for HIM.  

Deadline extended for members to apply to act as HSAs representatives on enhanced disability management

The deadline for expressions of interest to act as union representatives playing an active role in ensuring members realize the greatest benefit from the recently agreed to Enhanced Disability Management Program has been extended to June 30, 2011.

The extension is as a result of the excellent response to the initial call for representatives, and several requests for opportunities to learn more about the program and the role of the union in supporting its implementation.

Overtime / call-back / insufficient off-duty hours: we want to hear from you!

In the last contract talks, many health science professionals called attention to a serious issue: because of being required to be on call and work call-backs, staff are being forced to work with dangerously little rest between shifts.

As part of the new collective agreement, the employer and unions committed to a working group to address these issues. The working group will:
• review current practices
• provide recommendations for initiatives to reduce the need for overtime and call back