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VIHA to reimburse dietitians professional association fees

HSA and the Vancouver Island Health Authority (VIHA) have reached an agreement that will see HSA dietitians reimbursed an estimated $100,000 for membership fees paid to Dietitians of Canada since 2003/04.

The settlement is a result of a grievance launched in 2004, when the union pursued member concerns that the employer required membership in good standing in the professional association as a condition of employment, and that individuals must be personally responsible for paying the $150 to $450 annual base membership fee.

Medical team approach will soon provide new hips and knees within 20 weeks

An article in the Edmonton Journal October 25, 2006 demonstrates the need to include the whole health care team to address backlogs in the health care system.


Reducing the wait and pain: Medical team approach will soon provide new hips and knees within 20 weeks
The Edmonton Journal
Wed 25 Oct 2006 
By Jodie Sinnema

EDMONTON - The wait for hip and knee replacements will soon shrink dramatically, Capital Health says.

Temporary market adjustment to ease pharmacy crisis

The Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association (HSPBA) and the Health Employers Association of BC (HEABC) have agreed to a temporary market adjustment for pharmacists to deal with the severe shortages facing many pharmacy departments around the province.

Agreement reached for transferred Cardiology Technologists

TheHealth Science Professional Bargaining Association (HSPBA) has reachedagreement with the Health Employers Association of British Columbia concerningthe terms of transfer for Cardiology Technologists.

Theagreement is effective February 22, 2006 ... the date the Labour Relations Boarddetermined that Cardiology Technologists, including ElectrodiagnosticTechnologists, are in the Health Science Professional bargaining unit and arerepresented by HSA.

New health science professional wage rates now available

A complete wage grid" and wage rates" effective April 1, 2006 for the 2006 ... 2010 Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association (HSPBA) is now available for viewing and downloading on the HSA website at The wage rates and grid levels reflect the changes negotiated in the recent round of collective bargaining.

Unions and HEABC resolve April 1 wage increase issue

In early May, HEABC met with the Health Sciences Association (HSA) representing the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association and representatives of the Community Bargaining Association, the Facilities Bargaining Association and the Nurses Bargaining Association to discuss language within the new collective agreements regarding the effective date of wage increases.

Frequently asked questions about the new Health Science Professionals collective agreement

With the Health Science Professionals Collective Agreement now ratified, members can expect to see the provisions of the collective agreement to begin to take effect immediately. The following frequently asked questions are being distributed to members in response to numerous enquiries about key issues contained in the agreement.

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