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First week of nurses' bargaining concludes

March 10, 2006
The Nurses Bargaining Association bargaining committee met with the Health Employers Association of BC (HEABC) and Health Authority representatives for the past five days (March 6 - 10,2006). The Unions proposed changes to the collective agreement in numerous areas. Download full text as PDF

Community health casuals make gains

March 9, 2006
Negotiators for workers covered by the Community Health Services and Support collective agreement say theyve reached agreement with employers on a package of important gains for casuals which represents a small step forward for an overall settlement in the sector. Download full version as PDF

Who is caring for the caregivers?

March 8, 2006
A recent survey of unionized community social services workers in British Columbia has revealed a shocking reality -- almost 50 per cent are working a second job, just to make ends meet. Download full version as PDF

Employers wage offer -extremely disappointing"

March 6, 2006
Union negotiators are calling the wage package tabled today by HEABC -extremely disappointing\" and say it will put health science professionals in BC even further behind their counterparts in Alberta and Ontario.

Union Bargaining Association information meetings scheduled

March 3, 2006
For all Community Social Services union members who work in CSSEA agencies ... its very important that you attend the upcoming bargaining information meeting in your area. For information, please go to

Wanted - auction items for CESA silent auction at Convention!

March 2, 2006
Do you have a hidden talent? HSAs Committee for Equality and Social Action is collecting auction items for its annual silent auction. All proceeds will go to the World Peace Forum being held in Vancouver from June 23 to 28, 2006. Download poster as PDF

Employers propose to put their hands deeper into our pockets

March 2, 2006
The Union Bargaining Association (UBA) will be tabling our monetary proposals early next week. We've been trying to this point to get employers to discuss our priority non-monetary issues. These include the improvements our members are seeking to job security, workload and basic working conditions.

Unions table wage package

March 1, 2006
Negotiations at the health science professionals\ table continued this week with the union bargaining association tabling a wage package that rectifies the A/B wage split, provides a fair wage increase for all health science professionals and returns the LTD plan to the employer.

Working women need child care

February 28, 2006
On International Women's Day women around the world celebrate our achievements and commit to continue our struggle for full equality. This March 8, child care is the critical concern for working women in Canada. Download full text as PDF

The $1 Billion Question

February 28, 2006
In preparation for the 2006 negotiations, unions consulted extensively with our members. You said strongly that you wanted your bargaining committee to negotiate fair wages, safe workplaces, improve benefits, improve work-life balance and provide job security. Download full version as PDF