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Health science professionals talks focus on principles for job evaluation review to reflect the modern health care team

The expiry of the 2006 ... 2010 Health Science Professionals collective agreement on March 31, 2010 was marked with continued discussion between the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association and Health Employers Association of BC about the principles that will be used for a thoughtful discussion in negotiating a collective agreement that protects quality health care and values the work of health science professionals.

Bargaining opens for health science professionals collective agreement

Talks got underway today in Burnaby for a new collective agreement for health science professionals who deliver the critical diagnostic, clinical and rehabilitation services British Columbians depend on for their good health.

Reid Johnson, President of the Health Sciences Association of BC, said the bargaining committees mandate is to achieve a collective agreement that protects quality health care and values the work of health science professionals.

Health Science Professionals contract negotiations scheduled to begin March 17

The Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association (HSPBA) and Health Employers Association of BC (HEABC) have agreed to open contract discussions March 17, 2010. The current collective agreement expires March 31, 2010.

Health Sciences Association is the lead union, representing 16,000 health science professionals, in the HSPBA. Last fall, delegates to the unions Bargaining Proposal Conference identified -protecting quality health care" as one of the top priorities for bargaining.

HSA reaches agreement to reduce impact of Fraser Health social worker layoffs

HSA has reached an agreement with Fraser Health Authority for social workers working in acute care facilities, as well as Queens Park Care Centre, who are facing job loss as a result of government-ordered budget cuts.

The measures are expected to reduce the number of involuntary layoffs and displacements, and give affected members options including voluntary reduction of hours, job-sharing, and support for education and relocation.

Health Sciences Association speaks out on government's broken promise to protect health care services

The Health Sciences Association of BC, the union that represents more 15,000 health science professionals who deliver the diagnostic, clinical and rehabilitation services in BCs hospitals and communities, is sounding the alarm about the provincial governments broken promise to protect health care services.

In an intensive province-wide radio campaign, HSA blows the whistle on the cuts to health services ... including the reduction of more than 10,000 MRI scans in the Vancouver area alone.

Children with autism at risk: Queen Alexandra lays off autism interventionists and behavioural therapists

Despite a province-wide protest by parents against the elimination of specialized treatment for severely autistic children, 43 therapists were issued lay-off notice Friday at Queen Alexandra Centre for Children on Vancouver Island. The therapists are members of the Health Sciences Association of BC, the union that represents 16,000 health science professionals including autism intervention specialists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, and social workers who work with autistic children and their families.

HSA to enter negotiations with Fraser Health Authority on displacements related to budget cuts authority-wide

Following this afternoons budget cut announcement by Fraser Health Authority, HSA began to receive reports from members and stewards that local managers were attempting to engage individual departments and members in discussions to make staffing cut decisions in certain departments.

HSA has advised Fraser Health Authority to halt the meetings, and to instead meet with the union to engage in an acceptable labour relations process to negotiate authority-wide labour adjustment strategies.

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.

Compass food workers locked out: Please don't use Fraser Health Authority food services

Please be advised that Compass has now locked out union members working at retail food service locations in the Fraser Health Authority.

While picket locations do not impede other union members from going to work, the B.C. Federation of Labour and the United Steelworkers Local 2009 are asking union members to not use any of these food services while management tries to operate these sites.

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)