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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).

Bargaining for health science professionals set to resume next week

March 30, 2012
In a short bargaining session at the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association bargaining table this week, the union bargaining association tabled anti-bullying language to address issues in the workplace. -The unions presented language that helps improve personal safety for health science professionals at work," said HSPBA chief negotiator Jeanne Meyers. -The pace at the bargaining table has been very slow. There has been only a limited exchange of specific language on the substantive issues," Meyers said.

Georgetti says budget fails on jobs, pensions: CLC president says middle class under attack

March 29, 2012
OTTAWA ... The President of the Canadian Labour Congress says the federal budget tabled on March 29 has failed Canadians by destroying valuable public services and jobs and attacking pensions.    -The government could have used this budget to help struggling middle class and working Canadians," Georgetti says, -but it chose to not to do so."

Walk for Community Social Services ... March 31 in Victoria

March 28, 2012
On March 31, 2012, the Community Social Services Matter campaign is organizing a walk in Victoria in support of community social services, and to raise awareness about the vital role these services play in our communities. Details:

Private health providers violating Canada Health Act

March 27, 2012
Comox Valley Record Dear editor, Thank you for focusing on medical diagnostics in your recent editorial (Record, March 20). Health authorities in B.C. have determined that the average cost of providing an MRI scan within the public system is about $225 per scan, provided free of charge to patients.