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BC Health Coalition Action Alert: Join public health care supporters at all candidates' debates scheduled for the Esquimalt ... Juan de Fuca riding!

April 18, 2011
The upcoming federal election is an enormous opportunity for British Columbians who want their universal public health care system to be strengthened and protected. At upcoming debates, candidates from Esquimalt ... Juan de Fuca will be answering questions about the issues that voters care about most. Lets make sure that public health care is top of mind for all candidates! Local scheduled debates: LANGFORDWhen: Monday, April 18, 7:00PM-9:00PMWhere: Isabelle Reader Theatre, Spencer Middle School, (1026 Goldstream Ave)

Workshop Reminder

April 14, 2011
There is still room available in the two-day OH&S Steward Training workshop on May 3 & 4, 2011. Please register as soon as possible if you are interested in attending this workshop OH&S Steward TrainingMay 3 & 4, 2011 Pre-registration forms are available from the HSA website at For more information, contact Leila Lolua at the HSA Office.

The Federal Election: Vote Public Health Care

April 13, 2011
Dear Friend of Medicare, Health care is a top-of-mind issue for all Canadians. Polls show that we want our universal public health care system Medicare - to be strengthened and protected, not privatized. The upcoming federal election is a great opportunity to bring our issues to the attention of candidates throughout the province. Do you want to connect with others in your community and help out with sign campaigns, all candidates' meetings, or other community activities to raise the profile of public health care? We can help!

April 28 - National Day of Mourning

April 13, 2011
The B.C. Federation of Labour, Canadian Labour Congress and the Vancouver & District Labour Council invite you to pay tribute to workers who have been injured or killed on the job or died of an occupational disease. Poster and detailed information

Protecting members: responding to employers demand for consolidations in six Lower Mainland service areas

April 12, 2011
Consolidations:  an overview Last spring, Lower Mainland health employers issued a notice to HSA members working in diagnostic imaging: services throughout the Lower Mainland would be consolidated region-wide. The employers said their objective was to reduce the diagnostic imaging budget by 10 per cent. Employers have since announced plans to consolidate five other service areas, with the aim of cutting up to 10 per cent out of an already lean system. The targeted areas are:

Reid Johnson re-elected president of HSA

April 9, 2011
Delegates to the 40th annual convention of the Health Sciences Association of BC have returned Reid Johnson as president of the 17,000-strong union of health science professionals working in hospitals and communities throughout BC. Johnson has been President of the Health Sciences Association of BC since April 2007. The union represents more than 17,000 health science professionals in the public health care and community social services sectors in British Columbia.

Lower Mainland pharmacy services consolidation: talks to resume

April 6, 2011
Fraser Health Authority and union representatives are set to resume negotiations concerning the employers plans to consolidate hospital and community-based pharmacy services across the Lower Mainland.

Strike votes scheduled for HSA members working in community social services

April 6, 2011
Following more than a year and a half of negotiations, members of the community social services bargaining committee have been unable to reach a tentative collective agreement. Members gave the unions bargaining representatives direction to negotiate improvements in layoff and bumping language, and improved job security.   The committee made heroic efforts to negotiate improvements that protect members against job loss, and work within the governments "zero mandate".

Negotiations in progress for Health Information Management Lower Mainland consolidation

April 4, 2011
Since January 10 of this year, the union has met with Providence on three occasions to negotiate a labour adjustment agreement. Three more meetings are scheduled. The intent of these meetings is to negotiate a labour adjustment agreement that mitigates the impacts of the employers proposed consolidation structure for our members working in Health Information Management.

Royal Inland Hospital: sudden, radical cut to x-ray services will ultimately cost Kamloops

April 1, 2011
NEWS RELEASE: Yesterday, Royal Inland Hospital announced a radical cut in outpatient x-ray services, with no consultation with the community. The hospitals x-ray technologists are raising the alarm that Royal Inland Hospital is putting patient services at risk. -Royal Inland announced yesterday that starting Sunday, patients should no longer come to the hospital for routine outpatient x-rays," said Reid Johnson, President of the Health Sciences Association.