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Meetings scheduled to hear your concerns about on call and call back

Members concerned about requirements for on call and call back work are encouraged to participate in a series of meetings in the Lower Mainland hosted by HSA over the next few weeks.
Many health science professionals have expressed concern that they have dangerously little rest between shifts because they are required to be on call and work call-backs. As part of the new collective agreement, the employer and unions have committed to a working group to review current practices and provide recommendations.

On-call and call back conference call for members working in CT scheduled for 7 p.m. tonight

Members iin the Lower Mainland who are concerned about requirements for on call and call back work are encouraged to participate in discipline-specific conference calls starting tonight, Monday Augus 22 at 7 p.m., for members who work in CT.

Call in numbers

  • Toll free         1.877.385.4099
  • Local               604.899.2339
  • Participant access code     58180

Conference calls for other disciplines are scheduled as follows:

BCFed Health & Safety Centre

The BC Federation of Labour is offering a number of occupational health and safety courses throughout the province. 

Members may apply for reimbursement of course fees under the OH&S education budget.

Tentative agreement reached in community social services

A tentative agreement has been reached for British Columbias 15,000 community-based social service workers, thereby averting a strike. Talks went into the weekend to avert looming job action.

Key bargaining demands were met, as the tentative agreement improves job security and fair work practices for workers, such as bumping, job selection language and bullying. In addition, the government has approved a $600,000 retraining grant for workers in the sector.

The bargaining association unanimously recommends the settlement.

Community social services: final bargaining push

Last ditch community social services bargaining talks resumed August 9, and lasted through the week. Talks are set to continue on Monday.

Your bargaining committee has been clear that any agreement must focus on your key demands - namely job security, fair work practices, and dealing with the continuing bleeding of jobs and decimation of services in the sector.

On May 30, you gave your bargaining committee an 82% strike mandate, which expires on August 30. Any agreement must be reached before that date.

HSA surveying members about on call concerns

Health Sciences Association is conducting a random survey of members who work on call or experience call-back. The on line survey, which is being conducted by Viewpoints Research, will sample the views of several hundred HSA members around the province over the next three weeks.