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Employers wage offer -extremely disappointing"

Union negotiators are calling the wage package tabled today by HEABC -extremely disappointing\" and say it will put health science professionals in BC even further behind their counterparts in Alberta and Ontario.

Unions table wage package

Negotiations at the health science professionals\ table continued this week with the union bargaining association tabling a wage package that rectifies the A/B wage split, provides a fair wage increase for all health science professionals and returns the LTD plan to the employer.

Essential to your health: see the ads

HSA is raising awareness and seeking support for a fair contract for these critical members of the health care team in highly specialized disciplines covered by the contract.

A series of newspaper ads and bus signs across the province promotes the value of health science professionals to patients and their families from diagnosis to recovery.

HSA to represent 226 Cardiology Technologists

The BC Labour Relations Board has ruled that Cardiology Technologists, including Electrodiagnostic Technologists are appropriately represented by HSA.

The Board found that HSA, HEU and HEABC did not oppose that Cardiology Technologists should be transferred from the facilities sub-sector bargaining unit to the paramedical professional bargaining unit.

Employer tables proposals at health science professionals negotiations

After a slow start to negotiations last week, Ron Ohmart, HSAs Executive Director ... Labour Relations and chief negotiator for the Paramedical Professional Bargaining Association and the union bargaining committee welcomed a comprehensive list of proposals tabled by HEABC Monday morning.

-We are pleased the employer has tabled proposals that will allow for meaningful discussion at the table. I am optimistic that now that both parties have a common understanding of each others objectives we will be able to make some progress in contract talks," Ohmart said.

Progress in health science professional talks slow

After four days of bargaining between the Paramedical Professional BargainingAssociation and Health Employers\ Association of BC, PPBA Chief Negotiator andHealth Sciences Association\s Executive Director of Labour Relations Ron Ohmart reportsthat bargaining has got off to a slow start.

Wage increase a top priority for health science professionals

Health Science Professionals play an essential role in the diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of health care patients and they deserve a contract that recognizes their value.

That's the message from members of the Health Sciences Association of BC following HSA's three-day bargaining conference in Vancouver. HSA represents 12,000 health science professionals across the province.

Regular part-time staff are entitled to sick leave when working additional shifts

Labour Arbitrator Donald Munroe has ruled that regular part-time employees covered by the Paramedical Professional collective agreement in the Interior Health Authority (IHA) are entitled to sick leave for shifts scheduled outside their regular part-time schedule.

HSA filed a grievance in February 2005 after the IHA issued a directive saying regular part time employees who missed shifts outside their regular schedule were not entitled to sick leave benefits for those additional shifts.