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Local job action in social services

January 22, 2013  Employees at the Central Okanagan Child Development Association will be walking off the job tomorrow (Jan. 23) as part of rotating strikes in the province's community social services sector. The COCDA is affiliated with the Health Sciences Association, but they fall under the community services contract. The group has been working without a contract since April of last year and routinely find themselves understaffed.

Health Sciences Association Wins Challenge of Health Authority's Punitive Attendance Management Program

January 21, 2013
Health care unions have won a significant victory protecting the rights of sick and injured workers who were being punished by Vancouver Coastal Health.

Nominations open for HSA president

January 21, 2013
HSAs 2013 Annual Convention will include an election for the position of president, a full-time position that carries a two-year term. All members in good standing are eligible to run for president when nominated in writing by six members. Nominations for president are open until the final call for nominations takes place on the last day of convention Saturday, April 20, 2013. Candidates for president may submit a statement of up to 400 words and a photograph for inclusion in the Annual Report, circulated electronically to members prior to the convention.

Professionals at Central Okanagan Child Development Centre on strike Wednesday

January 21, 2013
Therapists, counsellors, and other workers at Central Okanagan Child Development Centre will be off the job Wednesday, as part of rotating job action in the community social services sector. The workers are represented by the Health Sciences Association. HSA President Reid Johnson said professionals providing these crucial services deserve a fair deal. -Our members at COCDA work with infants, children, and families to provide support, therapy, and counselling," he said.  

CML members at LifeLabs locations must use alternate entrances during BCGEU job action

January 18, 2013
PLEASE FORWARD TO ALL HSA MEMBERS AT CMLCML members at LifeLabs locations must use alternate entrances during BCGEU job action BCGEU members who work at private medical laboratories owned by LifeLabs will begin rotating strikes at various LifeLabs locations on Monday, January 21 and Tuesday, January 22.

Information session on Community Health Services and Support tentative agreement

January 18, 2013
Information session on Community Health Services and Support tentative agreement HSA and other unions in the Community Bargaining Association are hosting a Telephone Town Hall to provide members with information about the new CBA tentative agreement, as follows: Wednesday, January 237:00 pm, PST Members of the union bargaining committee will be available to answer your questions regarding the new agreement.

HSP Members invited to complete survey on negotiations

January 17, 2013
As you know, the Health Sciences Association is currently attempting to negotiate a new employment contract with the BC government. Last month, after months with no offers from the government, HSA led a series of rotating strikes involving members like you. The strikes were called off when the government tabled a new offer. Wed like to find out more about what you think about the offer made by the government. We will be conducting an on-line poll over a two week period beginning Friday and ending on February 1 at 5:00 pm.

Community Health Services and Support: Vote -YES" for tentative settlement

January 17, 2013
As outlined earlier this week, the multi-union Community Health Services and Support Bargaining Association has reached a tentative collective agreement with the Health Employers Association of BC (HEABC). After meeting this week, HSAs board of directors recommends support for the tentative contract.

Community social services: strike action to escalate

January 16, 2013
The multi-union community social services bargaining association is planning for a strategic escalation of job action. Job action in coming weeks will highlight the diversity and scope of crucial services that members provide, including: - assistance, shelter, and counselling for women and children fleeing violence- infant development consultation and therapy- counselling and guidance for youth at risk- residential and other care for developmentally challenged adults- early childhood education, supported child development, autism intervention

Fraser Health: masks required during declared flu outbreak

January 16, 2013
This fall, HSA successfully led negotiations with the Ministry of Health to eliminate the punitive aspects of BCs new policy on mandatory flu vaccinations  Click here to read bulletin on flu vaccination policy November 30