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Negotiations in progress for Health Information Management Lower Mainland consolidation

April 4, 2011
Since January 10 of this year, the union has met with Providence on three occasions to negotiate a labour adjustment agreement. Three more meetings are scheduled. The intent of these meetings is to negotiate a labour adjustment agreement that mitigates the impacts of the employers proposed consolidation structure for our members working in Health Information Management.

A time for tough choices

April 1, 2011
The Report: April 2011 vol.32 num.1 WHEN I BECAME PRESIDENT OF HSA IN APRIL OF 2007 I made a commitment to leadership that relies on hearing, understanding, communicating, and acting on the priorities of the community that is our membership.

A perfect fit

April 1, 2011
The Report: April 2011 vol.32 num.1 MEDICAL RADIATION TECHNOLOGIST Christin Lumsden credits an innovative school program for pointing her in the direction of a job she loves. She considers herself lucky to have found a profession that perfectly fits her interests: its varied, offers meaningful human relationships, lets her use sophisticated technology, and provides many opportunities for continual learning and career growth. As well, jobs are plentiful.

WorkSafeBC orders Vancouver Island Health Authority to protect employees

April 1, 2011
The Report: April 2011 vol.32 num.1 IN AUGUST OF 2009, a violent patient at Eric Martin Pavillion punched a pyschiatric nurse. Then he kicked her. Then he beat her head repeatedly against the hard floor. The nurse was so severely injured she may never work again. After another violent incident just a few months later, in March, the patient was removed from the Eric Martin Pavilion and transferred to a corrections facility ... where he then assaulted a corrections officer. Early in 2010, HSA called on WorkSafeBC to take action.

Royal Inland Hospital: sudden, radical cut to x-ray services will ultimately cost Kamloops

April 1, 2011
NEWS RELEASE: Yesterday, Royal Inland Hospital announced a radical cut in outpatient x-ray services, with no consultation with the community. The hospitals x-ray technologists are raising the alarm that Royal Inland Hospital is putting patient services at risk. -Royal Inland announced yesterday that starting Sunday, patients should no longer come to the hospital for routine outpatient x-rays," said Reid Johnson, President of the Health Sciences Association.

Talks break down in community social services: strike vote called

March 31, 2011
The Community Social Services Bargaining Associations last push to achieve a contract ended this week, with talks breaking off Wednesday after 18 months at the bargaining table. HSAs board of directors has approved a recommendation by HSAs representatives in the multi-union bargaining association to take a strike vote.

WE ARE ONE! Solidarity rally at Peace Arch Park this Saturday, April 2

March 29, 2011
Right wing governments are using the economic downturn to attack collective agreements and workers' right.  The B.C. Federation of Labour stands in solidarity with our brothers and sisters under attack by the Republican government of Wisconsin. The -Budget Repair Bill" adopted by the states House of Representatives includes draconian measures that eliminate fundamental rights of Wisconsin public employees, cut real wages and attempt to destroy their unions. 

May 1 - 7, 2011 Occupational Safety & Health Week

March 29, 2011
The BCFed Health & Safety Centre has scheduled training programs across the Lower Mainland during this week.  Please register and view schedule at or call 604.430.1421. Reimbursement is available through the Madden Memorial Education Fund and application forms are available on the HSA website. printer friendly pdf

Supervisors in the Union

March 24, 2011
HSA is offering two one-day workshops at the HSA office: Dates:  Thursday, June 2, 2011 -- or -- Tuesday, June 14, 2011 HSA members who work in a supervisory role have the opportunity to attend a one-day workshop in Vancouver at the HSA office. Supervisors have particular concerns and needs and sometimes feel -caught in the middle".  One of the goals of the "Supervisors in the Union" workshop is to resolve apparent conflicts and clear the lines of communication between supervisors, stewards and HSA in order to improve working relationships.

March 26 - Community Social Services Walk in Victoria

March 23, 2011
Members on Vancouver Island are invited to participate in a walk and rally for community social services planned for Victoria on March 26. The walk is an all-inclusive celebration to raise awareness about the vital role of community social services. The walk will commence & end at Centennial Square. Date: Saturday, March 26, 2011Place: Centennial Square, VictoriaStart Time: 11:00 am Welcoming remarks: Michael "Mickey" Cook, Namgis First Nation (Alert Bay Region)