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New health science professional wage rates now available

May 16, 2006
A complete wage grid" and wage rates" effective April 1, 2006 for the 2006 ... 2010 Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association (HSPBA) is now available for viewing and downloading on the HSA website at The wage rates and grid levels reflect the changes negotiated in the recent round of collective bargaining.

Unions and HEABC resolve April 1 wage increase issue

May 12, 2006
In early May, HEABC met with the Health Sciences Association (HSA) representing the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association and representatives of the Community Bargaining Association, the Facilities Bargaining Association and the Nurses Bargaining Association to discuss language within the new collective agreements regarding the effective date of wage increases.

Tour for the Cure arrives in Port Alberni

May 10, 2006
HSA members are invited to attend the official opening for the TELUS Tour for the Cure in Port Alberni on Wednesday, May 17 at 11 a.m. at the Alberni Mall. The TELUS Tour for the Cure is an informative and interactive exhibit that will travel to communities across British Columbia over the next eight months to promote the value and importance of breast health and mammography screening. The Tour is part of a campaign by the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation to help women detect smaller tumors earlier.

HSA rejoins Telus Tour for the Cure

May 9, 2006
HSA has returned as a sponsor for the Telus Tour for the Cure, an interactive multi-media education exhibit providing information on breast cancer prevention, detection and treatment. As sponsor of the mammography section of the travelling exhibit, HSA is working with the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation to raise awareness and participation in the free breast cancer screening program.

Committee for Equality and Social Action supports HSA members to participate in World Peace Forum

May 8, 2006
The World Peace Forum will be a major international gathering for individuals and organizations to come together.

Nurses ratify new contract by 97.1 per cent

May 5, 2006
Members of the unions belonging to the Nurses Bargaining Association have voted by 97.1 per cent to ratify the new Provincial Collective Agreement. Bargaining Association members unions are BC Nurses Union, the Union of Psychiatric Nurses, and the Health Sciences Association. About 55 per cent of the NBAs 25,000 members turned out to vote with 13,289 voting yes, 397 voting no and 88 spoiled ballots.

Budget: -No vision and no hope for working families," Georgetti says

May 2, 2006
OTTAWA ... Working families have been let down by the first budget of federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty, according to the Canadian Labour Congress. It shows no vision of the country and offers no sense of hope to working Canadians. -After the repeated promises to govern in the interests of ordinary working families, we have a budget which fundamentally undercuts the ability of the federal government to make a positive difference in peoples lives over the long term," says Ken Georgetti, president of the Canadian Labour Congress.

Community social service workers vote to accept new collective agreement

May 1, 2006
Union Bargaining Association members have voted in favour of ratifying a new collective agreement that covers 15,000 community social services workers. The four-year deal includes general wage increases of 8.3 percent, additional wage parity increases, and inclusion in a public sector pension plan at the end of the agreement. Most workers will receive an additional 1.6 percent annually after the first year, when employers resume Medical Services Plan contributions. Full-time workers will receive a $4,200 signing bonus (pro-rated for part-timers and casuals).

CBA members vote to accept collective agreement in community health

April 28, 2006
Members of the Community Bargaining Association have voted 97 per cent in favour of ratifying a new four-year collective agreement that includes wage increases, protection against contracting out, improved health and safety provisions, and early signing bonuses of up to $4,200.  -Theres a small measure of justice in the settlement, given that workers were forced to accept wage rollbacks in 2004 to protect services and jobs," says Lori Horvat, an HSA representative on the CBA bargaining committee.

Union members remember 188 killed on the job in 2005

April 28, 2006
B.C. Federation of Labour President Jim Sinclair against a backdrop of 188 replica coffins remembering the workers killed on the job in B.C. in 2005.