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A mandate to seek fairness

The Report: December 2012 vol.33 num.4

IN OUR LONG HISTORY, HSA MEMBERS HAVE RARELY FELT WE HAD NO CHOICE BUT TO PREPARE FOR A STRIKE.

Our health science professional members have only gone on strike three times before now, and the last time more than 11 years ago. Its not something we take lightly.

That is why it is so extraordinary that 90% of our health science professional members just voted in favour of a strike.

Community Health Services and Support: Job action imminent

The Community Bargaining Association (CBA) reviewed the employer's latest offer.  Although a wage increase is included in the offer, it is tied securely to a corresponding "offset" (cost savings) from the collective agreement.  The offset is matched by the employer to provide the wage increase.  There is no guarantee built into the proposal that the wage increase will not be eroded in the future by increases to the cost of the provisions where the 'savings' were proposed.

Rally for health care Wednesday in Vancouver

70,000 B.C. health care workers are still without new collective agreements

Its time for a fair and reasonable deal.

Speakers:

  • Jim Sinclair & Irene Lanzinger, BC Federation of Labour
  • Darryl Walker, President, BCGEU
  • Bonnie Pearson, Secretary-Business Manager, HEU
  • Reid Johnson, President, HSA

Where:

  • Vancouver Art Gallery, North Side

When:

Clinical Pharmacists TV ad: Share and spread the word!

Hospital pharmacists are chronically understaffed. Theyre overextended in caring for patients who are increasingly acutely ill when they arrive at hospital. Clinical pharmacists ... along with other health science professionals -- are concerned that a chronic recruitment and retention crisis is eroding clinical care in BC.

Clinical pharmacists have been speaking up to government representatives and reaching out to supporters about their important role in quality health care:

Working together against workplace violence: HSA sponsors international conference

How do we work together against violence in health care workplaces? For the first time ever, the annual international conference to counter violence in the health sector is taking place in North America.

More than 470 participants from around the world have gathered at the Sheraton Airport Hotel in Richmond to hear from experts and take part in workshops at the Violence in the Health Sector ... Linking Local Initiatives with Global Learning conference.

Community Social Services job action a success; continues this week

Summary

  • High profile targeted strike action by community social service workers took place in Vancouver, Kamloops and Prince George last week, with considerable public support and excellent media coverage;
  • Political action also took place today at Social Development Minister Moira Stillwells office in Vancouver;
  • Further targeted job action will take place late this week, with details to be announced.

Last week

Rally: Stand up for Women's Rights to Choose - Tuesday, September 25 @ 10am

Please see the attached poster for information on a rally organized by the B.C. Federation Of Labours Womens Rights Committee and the Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada to oppose motion M-312.

This motion, put forward by Conservative MP Stephen Woodworth, is up for a second hour of debate Friday, September 21st at 1:30 pm and a vote on Wednesday, September 26th at 5:30 pm.

Government workers to strike Sept 5; HSA members encouraged to support in solidarity

On Wednesday, September 5, the BC Government and Service Employees Union (BCGEU), Professional Employees Association (PEA) and Canadian Office & Professional Employees Union (COPE) local 378 will go on a one-day strike.
Approximately 27,000 workers will strike to back their bargaining demands for a fair and reasonable contract. This will affect government offices, ICBC, and various public service sites in 153 communities across BC.

HSA members reject dues increase

HSA members have rejected a proposal to increase union dues in order to offset an unfunded liability in a union long term disability plan.

The proposal for a dues increase was rejected by a margin of 84% to 16%. More than 5,000 members ... or 30 per cent of the total membership ... participated in the vote.