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Teachers must be supported: A statement from BC's labour leaders

February 27, 2012
On Thursday, February 23, Education Minister George Abbott announced he was instructing his staff to unilaterally draft legislation that would impose a contract on BCs teachers. This legislation is expected as early as Monday. Premier Clark claims that there is a crisis, that there is no way forward, and that legislation will end the dispute and restore normalcy to our schools. Minister Abbott is wrong on all three counts.

Bargaining gets underway for new health science professionals contract

February 27, 2012
Bargaining for a new collective agreement for BCs 17,000 health science professionals got underway today in Vancouver. HSA is the lead union in the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association. (HSPBA) -Health science professionals are looking for fairness and respect: fair, respectful, and meaningful collective bargaining; and fair recognition of the role health science professionals play in the modern health care system," said HSA President Reid Johnson said in opening the talks with Health Employers Association of BC.

Hospital pharmacists face wage rollbacks

February 25, 2012
Nanaimo News Bulletin

Labour adjustment plan reached in Interior Health lab reorganization

February 24, 2012
HSA and Interior Health Authority (IHA) have arrived at a Labour Adjustment Plan that reduces the negative impact on members caused by the IHAs wholesale restructuring of lab services. Under the restructured system, 52 members will be affected. There are 58 positions available for those members.

Hospital pharmacy cuts ill conceived

February 22, 2012
Daily Courier (Kelowna / Vernon) On Jan. 6, the Health Employers Association of B.C. suddenly announced a unilateral 9-14 per cent wage rollback for B.C.'s hospital pharmacists. 

Community Social Services: Support your bargaining team: wear red to work on Monday

February 22, 2012
Community social services workers are passionate about the people we support and the community-based services we provide. Thats why your bargaining association is asking all community social services members to wear the colour red to work on Monday (February 27), as the unions representing BCs 15,000 community social services workers return to the table to begin the next round of contract negotiations.

Patients, doctors, health workers join clinical pharmacists in petition

February 22, 2012
Hospital patients, doctors, and health workers are signing a petition calling for health employers to rescind its announced wage roll back for clinical pharmacists.

Health science professionals open contract negotiations February 27

February 22, 2012
Health science professionals are scheduled to begin negotiations for a new collective agreement next week. HSA President Reid Johnson said health science professionals will be looking for strong indications early on that government and its bargaining agent, Health Employers Association of BC (HEABC), are prepared to address fundamental issues.

REMINDER: Celebrating International Womens Day - Knowing our History ... Shaping our Future

February 21, 2012
Thursday, March 8, 2012HSA Office, Vancouver HSA invites women members to participate in a workshop that combines celebrating International Womens Day and in-house HSA training.            Part of the goal this day is to:

As health care and other public services continue to suffer, Liberal government focuses on tax breaks, says HSA president Reid Johnson of todays budget release

February 21, 2012
HSA President Reid Johnson, in Victoria today for the unveiling of the 2012 provincial budget, said the Liberal government ‘s budget plan has failed to address the needs of British Columbians. -Instead of trying to kick-start the provinces economy with tax credits for a few wealthy first-time homebuyers and promises of less red tape for business, the BC government should have used Budget Day 2012 to come up with real solutions to growing challenges British Columbians face in their everyday lives," Johnson said.