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February 1, 2012
The Report: February 2012 vol.33 num.1 AS PART OF THE UNION DELIVERING MODERN HEALTH CARE, HSA members are proud of their expertise. This expertise is based on a profound dedication to learning and applying the most recent research and most objective facts of their disciplines. We work in a world based on reality, where respect for the facts is a life-or-death matter.

HSA negotiators head to the table for members in all sectors

February 1, 2012
The Report: February 2012 vol.33 num.1 Collective agreements covering the vast majority of HSA members working in health sciences and community social services expire on March 31, and HSAs negotiators have already begun work on the next agreements. HEALTH SCIENCE PROFESSIONALS Bargaining for the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association was scheduled to begin February 27. HSA priorities for bargaining were set at a three-day bargaining proposal conference in November.

At last: WorkSafeBC action on ultrasonographer injuries

February 1, 2012
The Report: February 2012 vol.33 num.1 HSA OVERCOMES YEARS OF WORKSAFE BC INDIFFERENCE TO HIGH INJURY RATE BY MARTY LOVICK IN JANUARY, HSA AND WORKSAFE BC began distribution of a publication that aims to reduce the high level of work-related injuries for ultrasonographers. Its a major achievement, and one which came only after years of effort by the Health Sciences Association.

Workers in community health begin tabling bargaining proposals

January 31, 2012
Bargaining for British Columbias over 13,000 workers employed in community health services and support kicked off this week.  Talks commenced between the Community Bargaining Association (CBA) and the Health Employers Association of BC (HEABC) on January 23 with the exchange of opening remarks and the initial tabling of proposals.  The CBA presented a summary of the priorities identified by health care workers and proposals related to harassment and bullying.  On Thursday the CBA also tabled proposals related to employer and union relations.

Community Social Services: First bargaining dates set for late February

January 27, 2012
Community social service workers across British Columbia are returning to the bargaining table. The current collective agreement expires on March 31, 2012. The first dates for bargaining with the employer have now been set for the week of February 27.

Service Consolidations ... Fraser Health Authority Transfer Forms

January 26, 2012
Lower Mainland pharmacists being consolidated and transferred to Fraser Health Authority in early March, and who are not currently employed by Fraser Health Authority, you are asked to NOT provide the transfer forms FHA has sent you, with a deadline for return of January 27.

Fund to support Babine workers and families launched by United Steelworkers

January 26, 2012
The United Steelworkers (USW) announced this week the launch of a fundraising campaign and the creation of a trust account to provide support to the workers of Babine Forest Products and their families in the wake of an explosion at the Burns Lake, B.C. sawmill.

2012 OH&S Basic Steward Training

January 26, 2012
HSA is offering the following 2-day OH&S steward training workshops at the HSA office: Basic OH&S Steward Training dates:  Registration closes:February 13 & 14, 2012                        February 3, 2012March 26 & 27, 2012                             March 5, 2012

HSA calls on HEABC to rescind notice of wage rollback for pharmacists

January 26, 2012
Health Sciences Association (HSA), on behalf of the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association, called on the Health Employers Association of BC (HEABC) in a meeting today to rescind the notice it gave earlier this month that it plans to roll back hospital pharmacists wages by as much as $12,000 a year. Jeanne Meyers, HSAs executive director of legal services and labour relations, said the wage rollback is short-sighted.

Nurses start bargaining: Protecting patient safety is top priority

January 26, 2012
Ensuring the safety of patients in BCs health care facilities is the priority for nurses, as they began bargaining this week for a new contract with the provinces health authorities. HSAs Registered Psychiatric Nurses are represented by Lions Gate RPN Val Barker and Senior Labour Relations Officer Pat Blomme.