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New professional development fund for HSA registered psychiatric nurses

April 19, 2013
HSA announced today the establishment of a $120,000 Professional Development Fund accessible to all registered psychiatric nurses who are members of HSA. The funds, achieved through collective bargaining, may be used to cover professional development courses and events. HSA will cover the cost of tuition, registration fees, books and related expenses to a maximum of $500. Application deadline is December 31, 2013.

HSA annual union convention kicks off Friday

April 18, 2013
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Agreement reached on process to implement 37.5 hour work week

April 17, 2013
The spirit of the negotiated agreement surrounding the change from a 36-hour to a 37.5-hour work week was confirmed this week as the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association (HSPBA) and Health Employers Association of BC (HEABC) reached agreement on a process to implement the 37.5 hour work week agreed to in the recently ratified collective agreement.

Women's Committee survey: identifying barriers to participation

April 15, 2013
Have you ever considered getting more involved in the union but felt you couldn't, for a variety of reasons? The Women's Committee of the Health Sciences Association of BC is conducting a survey of women in the union to identify barriers that may keep them from participating in union leadership roles and/or union activities (eg meetings, education). The Women's Committee hopes to use the survey results in working to eliminate these barriers. We will be conducting an on-line poll beginning Monday and ending on May 1. Your responses will be kept confidential.

Liberal government and BCNU work together to turn collective bargaining structure on its head, says HSA

April 15, 2013
Following a consultation process that can only be described as a sham, BC Health Minister Margaret MacDiarmid – on the day before the current government dissolves – announced today the enactment of legislation that dramatically changes the structure of collective bargaining in health care, HSA President Reid Johnson said today.

HSA welcomes new members at Whistler Health Centre

April 15, 2013
THE REPORT: APRIL 2013 Medical Laboratory technologists at (PHSA) Whistler Health Care Centre joined HSA on February 27. The employees approached HSA about becoming members of the union and the decision to join was unanimous. This new chapter is a first – no other employees of Whistler Health Care Centre are unionized.

B.C. nurses brought together under new legislation

April 15, 2013
  Health Minister Margaret MacDiarmid on Monday announced that new nursing legislation had been signed into law, bringing licensed practical nurses under the same bargaining structure as the B.C. Nurses’ Union.

Registered psychiatric nurses: Wage increase now in effect

April 11, 2013
A 3% wage increase is now in effect for registered psychiatric nurses covered by the Nurses’ Bargaining Association provincial contract. You can see your new wage rate here. 

HSPBA will fight health authority’s attempt to break contract agreement

April 5, 2013
In a recent letter from human resources managers at Vancouver Coastal Health Authority, employees have been told they will be moving to a five-day 7.5 hour work week and that nine-day fortnights and EDOs will be eradicated. The letter completely misrepresents the negotiated agreement reached on the shift to a 37.5 hour work week from the current 36 hour work week worked by health science professionals, says HSA’s Executive Director of Legal and Labour Relations Jeanne Meyers.

Provisions of new HSPBA collective agreement now in force and effect

April 5, 2013
With the exception of some portions of the collective agreement ratified March 6, all provisions of the HSPBA collective agreement come into force and effect today, April 5, 2013. There are some exceptions, as specified in negotiations, as follows: Wages