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Health science professionals contract discussions continue

April 12, 2012
Bargaining at the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association table continues to make slow but steady progress, HSPBA Chief Negotiator Jeanne Meyers reported today. Like most public sector union contracts in the province, the agreement expired March 31, 2012. -At the outset of bargaining, we said HSA is committed to the process, but that if we didnt see signs from employers that there was an appetite for meaningful discussion about contract issues important to health science professionals, we would not have a lot of patience for the process," Meyers said.

Second round of professional development funding applications now being accepted for health science professionals in HSA

April 12, 2012
The 2010-2012 HSPBA collective agreement includes a Letter of Agreement ... Re: Professional Development Fund ... which provided for a $450,000 Professional Development Fund for use by all HSPBA members, including members represented by unions other than HSA, over the term of the collective agreement. After the first round of applications last winter, the fund is not yet spent, and HSA members are again invited to apply for professional development funding for courses to be taken between April 1 and December 31, 2012.

Holidays Act Q&A: employees working July 2, 2012 get stat pay

April 11, 2012
Q:  Im scheduled to work July 1, and not on July 2.  However, my employer says that I will not be getting paid at the -statutory holiday" rate for work on July 1.  Is this right? A:  This year, July 1 falls on a Sunday.  According to the federal Holidays Act, this means the legal statutory holiday is July 2.  For 2012, members working July 2 will receive stat pay ... not those working July 1.

East Kootenay and District Labour Council education day April 28

April 10, 2012
The East Kootenay and District Labour Council is holding a one-day education session Saturday April 28. The workshops include "Stress in the Workplace," "Pensions," and "Young Worker Education." For more information and registration: Workshop Information

Registered psychiatric nurses: bargaining focuses on four main issues

April 5, 2012
The elected bargaining committee for the Nurses Bargaining Association has completed two more weeks of negotiations with the Health Employers Association of BC (March 19-30), with discussions focusing on four issues: 1. Responsive Shift Scheduling: Discussion with employers about how to improve shift scheduling to respond to employees needs when scheduling shifts. 2. Alternative Dispute Resolution Process (ADR):

HSA members re-elect Val Avery as Region 2 Director

April 2, 2012
HSA members in Region 2 have elected Val Avery to a third term as their representative on the unions Board of Directors.  Val is a physiotherapist at the Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria.  The other candidate for election was Derrick Hoyt, a pathologists assistant at Royal Jubilee Hospital. During the past four years, Val has served on HSAs Run for the Cure Committee and Bargaining Committee, and as a Long Term Disability Trustee.  Val has also been elected by the HSA board to serve 3 consecutive terms as HSAs Vice-President. 

Progress slow, but talks continue at community health bargaining table

April 2, 2012
The Community Bargaining Association (CBA) met again last week in Vancouver and exchanged and discussed proposals for three days with the Health Employers Association of British Columbia (HEABC). The CBA tabled proposals related to health and welfare benefits including a proposal for a Short Term Illness and Injury Plan. The CBA also tabled proposals on job postings while the employer tabled their own proposals on the vehicle allowance and job postings. The proposals represent all the issues to be tabled by the unions, with the exception of monetary issues.

Victoria Walk calls for stronger commitment to community-based services

March 31, 2012
More than 300 people braved the rain on March 31 to show their support for programs and services that support victims of violence, youth at risk, people with developmental disabilities, women in transition, immigrant families and many others.  Victorias 4th Annual Walk for Community Social Services was the final event, wrapping up a month of activities aimed at promoting a sector that is suffering from cutbacks and lack of adequate resources. 

Registered Psychiatric Nurses: Update on bargaining, several agreements reached

March 30, 2012
After a month of talks, nurses have made several gains from issues arising out of the 2009 contract extension and from employer cost savings from disability management.

Federal budget will increase income inequality; hurt families and the economy

March 30, 2012
The federal budget will increase income inequality, decrease the quality of life for Canadians and slow economic recovery. Ottawa (29 March 2012) - The Harper government's budget fails the Fairness Test [1]because it will increase income inequality and make life harder for vulnerable Canadians, said James Clancy, National President of the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE).