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Members confirm shared benefit costs a non-starter

March 13, 2012
HSA members have reconfirmed that concessions on extended and dental benefits are not negotiable. After learning that government appears to be set to propose to save money by getting health care workers to pay for some of their health and dental benefits, HSA conducted an informal telephone survey of members on the weekend to alert members to this pending proposal, and to get preliminary feedback from members.

Pharmacists' wage rollback rescinded

March 6, 2012
Talks at the Health Science Professionals bargaining table today opened with an announcement from the Health Employers Association of BC that the plan to roll back the temporary market adjustment for pharmacists has been rescinded. HSA President Reid Johnson applauded the efforts of hospital pharmacists across the province who spoke out against the 9 to 14 per cent wage rollback planned for April 1, 2012 announced January 6.

Rally at Legislature Tuesday to support BC's teachers

March 5, 2012
HSA members  are encouraged to join the rally in Victoria tomorrow (Tuesday, March 6) to oppose Bill 22 and to support a fair and negotiated agreement for BC teachers. Date:  Tuesday, March 6, 2012 Time: 11:00 am gather at Centennial Square, Victoria BC         12:00 pm Rally at the BC Legislature      

See here for events around the province to support striking BC teachers

March 5, 2012

First proposals exchanged during first week of bargaining

March 5, 2012
Bargaining bulletin #2 ... March 5, 2012 The Community Social Services Union Bargaining Association met with the employer last week (week of February 27 to March 2). The bargaining protocol was agreed and both parties exchanged the first bargaining proposals. Members have made it very clear that a fair deal is a priority, and the bargaining committee is committed to that mandate. The next bargaining dates are set for the week of March 12 ... 16. Please stay tuned for further updates.

Rally at the Legislature to protest Bill 22

March 5, 2012
  -Unions worked together to secure our right to free collective bargaining, and well work together to defend that right." Sinclair warned the BC Liberal government that Bill 22 wasnt just an attack on the rights of teachers, but also on the right to free collective bargaining.

Lower Mainland rally to support teachers set for Wednesday

March 5, 2012
HSA members who are able to attend are encouraged to support striking teachers at a rally Wednesday, March 7. Date: Wednesday, March 7 Time: 2 p.m. Place: Vancouver Art Gallery (Hornby & Georgia) The following speakers will be featured at the rally:

Striking teachers will not picket schools; HSA members in schools advised to report for work

March 2, 2012
As therapists, counsellors, youth workers, and in many other professions, HSA members regularly work at schools across BC.

Candlelight vigil in memory of farmworkers killed in unsafe van

March 2, 2012
The B.C. Federation of Labour will hold a candlelight vigil in memory of three farmworkers who were killed in an overloaded and unsafe van in 2007. Date: Sunday, March 4, 2012 Time: 3:00 pm Location: Abbotsford Civic Plaza32315 South Fraser WayAbbotsford, BC Sarbjit Kaur Sidhu, Amarjit Bal and Sukhvinder Kaur Punia were killed on the morning of March 7, 2007 when the unsafe and overloaded labour contractor van in which they were travelling crashed on Highway 1 near Abbotsford.

BC Teachers Federation and B.C. Federation of Labour to rally in Victoria next week to oppose Bill 22 and to support a fair and negotiated agreement for BC teachers

March 2, 2012
The BC Teachers Federation (BCTF) and the B.C. Federation of Labour today announced they will be holding a Rally at the BC Legislature next week. -Teachers are tremendously heartened by the solidarity and support we have felt coming from union members all across BC," said BCTF President Susan Lambert. -People understand that Bill 22 threatens the quality of public education for their children and grandchildren. Its just the latest example of this governments assault on all public services in BC."