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Community health talks hit contracting out hurdle Tuesday night

March 22, 2006
Contract talks for community health workers went late into the night Tuesday, but negotiators for the multi-union community health bargaining association ran into a significant hurdle in our efforts to limit the number of jobs employers can contract out over the life of the agreement. As a result, talks adjourned in an effort to give both sides the chance to come up with solutions to move negotiations closer to a settlement. Employment security issues—including caps on contracting out—are a crucial issue for front-line workers.

Bargaining has resumed

March 22, 2006
Bargaining has now resumed. Your Union Bargaining Association (UBA) remains hopeful that we can bring negotiations to a satisfactory resolution by the March 31 deadline. Download full version as PDF

March 21: International Day for the Elimination of Racism

March 21, 2006
Ottawa (17 March 2006) - The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is one of Canada's most diverse unions. This year, on March 21, the 40th International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, we are again urging our 340,000 members across the country to pause and reflect on how tolerance and racial harmony enrich our lives. Link to NUPGE statement

Region 2 members return Brian Isberg as Regional Director

March 21, 2006
HSA members in Region 2 have re-elected Brian Isberg, a laboratory technologist at Victoria General Hospital, as their representative on the union's Board of Directors. Brian defeated Derrick Hoyt, a laboratory technologist at Royal Jubilee Hospital.

Community health talks move closer to settlement

March 21, 2006
Negotiators for the multi-union community health bargaining association representing 13,000 workers say they are moving closer to achieving a tentative contract now that there's agreement with employers on important issues like wage-protected employees and superior benefits. In addition, the Health Employers Association of B.C. has dropped some concession demands such as a longer work week and poor bumping language.

More details on wage package for health science professionals

March 20, 2006
A number of HSA members have contacted the office with questions about the tentative wage package for health science professionals. In particular, members are inquiring about how they will benefit from the cost-shared LTD plan. Attached is a table outlining both the wage increases and the net benefit of the reduction in LTD premiums.

Health science professionals urged to vote YES

March 20, 2006
After almost two months at the bargaining table, your HSA bargaining committee has achieved a tentative agreement for a four-year contract. The HSA Board of Directors and your bargaining committee strongly recommend that you vote YES in favour of the contract, as it goes a long way toward addressing the key bargaining priorities identified by members.

No point in continuing talks until employers make a meaningful offer

March 17, 2006
Community social services workers have stepped back from the bargaining table and won't return until employers are prepared to seriously address workers' key issues of wages, benefits and job security, the Union Bargaining Association (UBA) announced today. Dowload full version as PDF

Negotiations proceeding on schedule and on topic

March 17, 2006
First, the Nurses Bargaining Association would like to congratulate the HEU and the HSA on their tentative collective agreements. Your bargaining committee is analyzing the details of these two collective agreements to understand the improvements in contract language and the financial costing of the packages. Download full version as PDF

Unions table proposals

March 16, 2006
On Wednesday, March 15, the Community Health Bargaining Association tabled a comprehensive package of proposals in an effort to facilitate movement towards agreement on a fair collective agreement. Download full version as PDF