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Deadline extended for members to apply to act as HSAs representatives on enhanced disability management

The deadline for expressions of interest to act as union representatives playing an active role in ensuring members realize the greatest benefit from the recently agreed to Enhanced Disability Management Program has been extended to June 30, 2011.

The extension is as a result of the excellent response to the initial call for representatives, and several requests for opportunities to learn more about the program and the role of the union in supporting its implementation.

CANCELLED: Fair Deal Rally June 16

Community social services workers and their supporters are taking their call for a fair collective agreement into the streets of Vancouver on Thursday, June 16.

The early morning rally outside the offices of the Community Social Services Employers' Association (CSSEA) will draw public attention to the ongoing crisis in community-based services and what needs to be done to improve working and caring conditions throughout the sector.

Overtime / call-back / insufficient off-duty hours: we want to hear from you!

In the last contract talks, many health science professionals called attention to a serious issue: because of being required to be on call and work call-backs, staff are being forced to work with dangerously little rest between shifts.

As part of the new collective agreement, the employer and unions committed to a working group to address these issues. The working group will:
• review current practices
• provide recommendations for initiatives to reduce the need for overtime and call back

Reminder:HSA offers scholarships forSummer Institute for Union Women

July 13 ... 17, 2011 - University of Victoria

The BC Summer Institute for Union Women (SIUW) offers an intensive week of learning within a supportive environment in which union women can develop their skills as workers, activists and leaders.  Sponsored by the British Columbia Federation of Labour, the Institute will be held at the University of Victoria (UVIC).

BREATHTAKING: A Canadian Documentary directed by: Kathleen Mullen

The Silent Killer: Asbestos - It's in our homes, our schools, our hospitals - our lives.

Date:  Thursday, June 16, 2011
Time:  7:00pm
Place:  Fifth Avenue Cinemas, 2110 Burrard Street, Vancouver

Tickets:  Open Seating - Admission by donation to Toxic Free Canada

For more information, please contact Nina Hansen at 604.430.1421 or email nhansen@bcfed.ca

Contract Interpretation: in the event of flooding

In recent weeks, many BC communities have experienced flood warnings or evacuation orders. What are your rights in the event of flooding?

Q:  I work at a hospital that is subject to flooding if the river rises too high. My manager has told me that in the event of a flood, I may be relocated for my job. Can my employer do that?
 
A:  The River Forecast Centre of British Columbia has predicted that spring runoff could be higher than normal this year, and that there is potential for flooding in some communities.

HSA conducting phone survey of members May 31-June 15

Beginning May 31, HSA is conducting a phone survey of members in communities around the province.

The survey, which focuses on HSAs communications tools and practices, will be conducted by Viewpoints Research. Callers will contact members at random until 600 interviews are completed. Be assured that members will not be called during Canucks games!

If you are called, please agree to participate. The survey will take approximately 15 minutes, and your views will help HSA plan improvements to The Report, our web site, e-mail bulletins, social media strategy and more.

Community social service workers vote in favour of strike to back demands

Unions call on B.C. government and employers to protect community jobs and services

Frontline community social services workers across British Columbia have given their bargaining committees a strike mandate of 85% in Community Living and 77% in General Services. The vote follows more than 18 months of protracted contract talks that broke down on March 30.

Election underway for Region 8 Director

Four candidates have been nominated to run for Regional Director in Region 8.  A by-election was called following the resignation of Joan Magee as Region 8 Director.  The new Director will serve the remainder of Magees 2-year term, ending at the conclusion of HSAs 2012 convention.

The 4 candidates seeking election are:

Professional development: What are your priorities?

In the recently negotiated collective agreement covering health science professionals working in hospitals and communities around the province, a $450,000 professional development fund was established for use by members over the term of the collective agreement.

Following ratification of the agreement, a joint committee of the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association (HSPBA) and Health Employers Association of BC (HEABC) was established to develop priorities and terms of reference for the fund.