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HEU picketing at health facilities limited; direct employees guaranteed access to work

Direct employees of health authorities, including all HSA members, will have access to work in the event that HEU members in a first contract dispute with Sodexho erect picket lines. Each of the worksites affected has been designated locations where picketing is allowed, and access is guaranteed to ensure 100 per cent levels of service by direct employees of the health authorities.

HEU issues 72-hour strike notice in dispute for first agreement with Sodexho

HSA today received notice that the Hospital Employees' Union has issued 72-hour strike notice against Sodexho. The parties have been bargaining for a first collective agreement since March 11.

The earliest potential for job action is Thursday, Sept. 15. Because of orders issued by the Labour Relations Board, HSA and other union members will not be affected by picket lines, except that access to the worksite will be through designated entrances.

PPBA bargaining proposal delegates to be elected at regional meetings

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Delegates to HSAs Fall Regional Meetings will elect representatives to a bargaining proposal conference this winter for members covered by the Paramedical Professional Bargaining Association contract.

Any member covered by the PPBA contract may run for a delegate position. Members do not have to be a delegate to the regional meeting to put their names forward for consideration as a representative to the bargaining proposal conference, however, only delegates to the meeting are entitled to vote for bargaining proposal conference delegates.

Education leave funds now closed

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All funds remaining in the Education Leave Fund have been allocated, and no further applications are being accepted. All applicants to date will receive written confirmation regarding whether or not their application was successful. Applications were approved according to established criteria and granted according to the date received, subject to sufficient funds remaining.

Labour Relations Board allows appeal to be heard on union membership for BMETs

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The Labour Relations Board has granted the Hospital Employees Union leave to appeal the boards decision to allow Biomedical Engineering Technologists to be represented by HSA. Submissions must be received by June 30.

Meanwhile, arbitrator Judi Korbin has been selected to hear arguments August 2 and 3 on appropriate wage rates and other classification issues for the BMETs. At issue are entry-level wage rates, classification of supervisory positions, and opportunities for recognition of work over and above the entry level.

Arbitration dates set to hear arguments for Biomedical Engineering Technologists

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An arbitrator has been selected to hear the dispute between HSA and HEABC on appropriate wage rates and other classification issues for Biomedical Engineering Technologists who recently joined HSA.

Arbitrator Judi Korbin will hear arguments August 2 and 3. At issue are entry-level wage rates, classification of supervisory positions, and opportunities for recognition of work over and above the entry level.

PPBA collective agreements now available for members

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The provincial agreement between the Paramedical Professional Bargaining Association and the Health Employers Association of BC effective April 1, 2004 - March 31, 2006 has been printed and is now available.

Employers are responsible for ensuring all members working under the contract receive a copy.

If you do not receive a copy of the contract, you may request one through the human resources department or contact at your workplace.

Biomedical Engineering Technologists headed for Arbitration

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HEABC and HSA have failed to reach an agreement on an appropriate wage rate and other classification issues arising from the Biomedical Engineering Technologists (BMETs) placement into the Paramedical Professional Collective Agreement as a result of a May 6th ruling by the Labour Relations Board.  The LRB ruling simply places the BMETs into the existing PPBA agreement and is not the same as an expired collective agreement in which the parties can bargain new provisions.

HSA to represent Biomedical Engineering Technologists

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 The BC Labour Relations Board has ruled that two hundred Biomedical Engineering Technologists working in BC hospitals are appropriately represented by HSA.

This follows a previous ruling by the LRB that designated Biomedical Engineering Technologists as paramedical professionals, but did not resolve the issue of union representation. HSA holds the paramedical professional certification at all of the hospitals where Biomedical Engineering Technologists work.

Education Leave Fund

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Last chance to apply for funding

Paramedical Bargaining Association members are eligible to apply for Education Leave Funding.

The one million dollar Education Leave Fund, a provision of the 2001 - 2004 Paramedical Professional Collective Agreement, provided financial assistance to health science professionals to attend educational programs for professional advancement and career enhancement. This was one-time funding and insufficient funds remain to provide further wage replacement.