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Tentative agreement reached in community social services

August 15, 2011
A tentative agreement has been reached for British Columbias 15,000 community-based social service workers, thereby averting a strike. Talks went into the weekend to avert looming job action. Key bargaining demands were met, as the tentative agreement improves job security and fair work practices for workers, such as bumping, job selection language and bullying. In addition, the government has approved a $600,000 retraining grant for workers in the sector. The bargaining association unanimously recommends the settlement.

Community social services: final bargaining push

August 12, 2011
Last ditch community social services bargaining talks resumed August 9, and lasted through the week. Talks are set to continue on Monday. Your bargaining committee has been clear that any agreement must focus on your key demands - namely job security, fair work practices, and dealing with the continuing bleeding of jobs and decimation of services in the sector. On May 30, you gave your bargaining committee an 82% strike mandate, which expires on August 30. Any agreement must be reached before that date.

Fraser Health Authority: upcoming consolidation of seniority lists

August 11, 2011
The Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association and the Fraser Health Authority will soon begin discussions towards moving to a single seniority list for all health science professionals in the Fraser Health Authority. 

HSA surveying members about on call concerns

August 8, 2011
Health Sciences Association is conducting a random survey of members who work on call or experience call-back. The on line survey, which is being conducted by Viewpoints Research, will sample the views of several hundred HSA members around the province over the next three weeks.

Vancouver Coastal Health invites participation: staff forums on practice leadership redesign

August 8, 2011
Vancouver Coastal Health has invited Health Science Professional staff to attend VCHs staff forums regarding an employer-initiated process to review the current practice leadership structure. The meetings will be held at a variety of locations August 8-12.

Health Information Management consolidation: arbitrators decisions disappoint

August 4, 2011
HSA reported on July 8, 2011 that the union and the employer had decided to ask arbitrator Vince Ready to assist the parties in resolving outstanding issues in the employers plans for the Lower Mainland consolidation of Health Information Management services, and to finalize a labour adjustment agreement.

Municipal Pension Plan seminars scheduled for HSA members

August 4, 2011
The Municipal Pension Plan has scheduled seminars for HSA members as follows:

Community social services: Strike likely in August

August 3, 2011
Majority of essential service levels now established, remainder by August 5 After numerous delays, community social service workers in BC can expect job action to commence in August. The long process of determining what services will be maintained as essential during a strike is finally drawing to a close. Essential services levels have now been set at ninety-seven per cent of the 220 agencies that make up BCs community social services sector.

Lower Mainland Pharmacy Consolidation: labour adjustment plan reached

July 27, 2011
The union and health employers have reached a labour adjustment plan to minimize the impact of the employers consolidation plan for pharmacy services in the Lower Mainland. The Health Science Professional Bargaining Associations pharmacy consolidation committee has been meeting with pharmacists across the Lower Mainland to hear concerns and ideas. The union ensured this input was a crucial part of the meetings with health employers. After a series of meetings throughout April, May & June, the parties reached an agreement in recent days.

Show your Union Pride!

July 26, 2011
Join us on the MultiUnion Pride Float:  Sunday, July 31, 2011 at 11:45Vancouver Pride is in the final year of a three-year theme. This year you - our Union Activists - will celebrate all you have accomplished and all you have liberated! For full details and a printer-friendly poster, click here.