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A victory for pharmacists

June 1, 2012
The Report: June 2012 vol.33 num.2 HSA AND ITS PHARMACIST MEMBERS have forced the government to back down on a plan to slash salaries for pharmacists by up to 14 per cent. The plan, announced without warning in January, would have eliminated a market adjustment for pharmacists introduced in 2006 to address chronic issues of recruitment and retention. HSA immediately met with representatives of the pharmacist members and on January 18 invited all pharmacist members to participate in a province-wide telephone town hall meeting.

Convention 2012

June 1, 2012
The Report: June 2012 vol.33 num.2 DELEGATES ATTENDING HSAS 41ST ANNUAL CONVENTION rejected proposals to switch to a biennial convention, discussed the challenges of the current bargaining climate and debated solutions to a long-standing problem with a long-term disability trust just over 200 members.

Adrian Dix: treat health care workers with respect

June 1, 2012
The Report: June 2012 vol.33 num.2 NEW DEMOCRATIC PARTY LEADER ADRIAN DIX told HSA delegates his party is committed to building a stronger provincial health care system in order to build prosperity in British Columbia. -We have to respond to the challenges of the public health care system in the 21st century thats under attack from Ottawa and under attack from private interest and this current government in our province," said Dix to a ballroom of several hundred HSA delegates from across B.C.

Bargaining: what it means for you

May 22, 2012
WHAT IS THE HSA CONTRACT? Collective agreements that govern the working conditions and compensation for HSA members working in the public sector expired on March 31, 2011. The union is working now on behalf of HSA members to negotiate new collective agreements. Until new collective agreements are reached, the terms and conditions of the expired agreements continue. In the public health care and social services sectors, HSA represents members covered by four collective agreements.

Bargaining update: Negotiations continue at all four tables where HSA members are represented

May 19, 2012
Negotiations continue at the Health Science Professionals, Nursing, Community Health, and Community Social Services bargaining tables, but there is limited progress to report.

May 20: Vancouver International AIDS Candlelight Memorial

May 16, 2012
AIDS Vancouver has announced details for this years International AIDS Candlelight Memorial, one of the worlds oldest and largest grassroots mobilization campaigns for HIV awareness in the world. Date: Sunday May 20th, 8 PMPlace: Alexandra Park, 1755 Beach Avenue (at Bidwell)

Community Social Services: Limited progress at bargaining table

May 15, 2012
Community Social Services bargaining resumed for the week of April 30, with limited progress. The union bargaining committee ... the Community Social Services Bargaining Association (CSSBA) ... is continuing to make the case for a fair and reasonable deal at the bargaining table, including a wage increase. The committee is also pushing back on concessionary demands by the employer.

Conference focuses on women making change

May 4, 2012

Community Health talks adjourn; back to table May 28

May 4, 2012
The Community Bargaining Association (CBA) met this week in Vancouver to exchange and discuss proposals with the Health Employers Association of British Columbia (HEABC).

Registered Psychiatric Nurses: Negotiators working on three key issues

May 3, 2012
During two weeks of bargaining for a new provincial contract (April 16-27), negotiators for the Nurses Bargaining Association and Health Employers Association of BC debated three key issues without coming to a resolution. Negotiators will pick up discussions when bargaining resumes next month. The issues debated are: 1. Health authority-wide seniority will improve nurses mobility and ensure nurses can maximize the value of their seniority rights. Both the unions and the employers proposed this concept, and its close to resolution.