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CBA Bargaining Update: Progress on Non-Monetary Bargaining Issues

April 25, 2022
CBA Bargaining Update: Progress on Non-Monetary Bargaining Issues   The community health negotiations team met with the Health Employers’ Association of BC (HEABC) over the last two weeks to discuss key proposals related to mobility within health authorities and ways to make the collective agreement gender neutral and more inclusive for Indigenous and Transgender workers.   We are working to ensure that everyone sees themselves represented in the language of the collective agreement.  

HSA Makes Recommendations to Pandemic Response Review

April 21, 2022
Union urges changes based on front line pandemic experience of members In a submission to the BC government’s official review of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Health Sciences Association of BC has urged the BC government to consider a number of recommendations related to improve infection control measures, workplace safety and professional shortages.

Another opportunity to attend Race, Racism in Healthcare & Social Services: Building Anti-racist Care Virtual Workshop!

April 20, 2022
Race, Racism in Healthcare & Social Services:Building Anti-racist CareAn HSA Virtual Diversity Workshop   HSA is pleased to offer another opportunity to attend this two-day workshop virtually. Members are expected to attend the entirety of both days.   DATES: June 21 & 22, 2022

HSPBA Bargaining Update – Union negotiators propose wage increases

April 14, 2022
The Health Science Professional Bargaining Association (HSPBA), in talks this week with the Health Employers’ Association of BC (HEABC), has proposed a wage increase for health science professionals that, if accepted, would begin to address the critical issues undermining pandemic response and public health care in BC: chronic shortages, the rising cost of living, and the wage gap with other provinces.   The proposal seeks a two year agreement with a wage increase of 5% -- or COLA (cost of living adjustment), whichever is greater – in each of the two years.  

Rally for Metrotown Hilton Workers Tomorrow

April 13, 2022
Tomorrow, join HSA president Kane Tse at the Hilton Metrotown Lockout Rally and help support women who have been locked out of their jobs for an entire year.   One year ago, management at the Metrotown Hilton fired 97 workers, and locked out the remaining employees. For over a year, these women have endured the loss of their jobs, and have worked together to call on management to end the lockout, and reinstate all employees. Now, they need our help.  

HSPBA Bargaining Update – Wage proposal on track to be tabled next week

April 7, 2022
As news emerged today of an impasse in public sector bargaining between the provincial government and its direct employees over wages, the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association (HSPBA) is preparing to table a wage proposal for health science professionals next week that addresses staff shortages, the rising cost of living, and closes the wage gap between BC and other provinces.

CSS Bargaining Update – Agreements Expire and Negotiations Continue

April 7, 2022
The Community Social Services bargaining committee is currently back at the table with the Community Social Services Employers’ Association (CSSEA) this week for scheduled negotiations until April 8th.   April 1st, 2022, marked the expiry of the collective agreements for the General Services, Indigenous Services and Community Living Services. The collective agreement is a negotiated contract that spells out your terms and conditions of your employment and your rights as a union member.  

Good news for working people in BC

April 6, 2022
In a welcome move for people who are struggling with low wages and high prices, the government of BC announced changes to make it easier for people to form a union.  “Single-step union certification” allows people a simple and effective way to form a union if at least 55% choose to do so. It addresses the difficulties that workers have experienced in organizing unions since the multi-stage system was imposed in 2001, and replaces it with a process that automatically certifies a union that achieves a majority of support.

HSA nurses eligible for college fee reimbursement: Details on how to apply to HSA by June 30, 2022

April 6, 2022
HSA’s Registered Psychiatric Nurses and Registered Nurses are again eligible for partial reimbursement of fees paid to the BC College of Nurses and Midwives (BCCNM).

Amendments To BC Paid Sick Leave End Exclusion of Some Union Workers

April 5, 2022
Amendments to BC paid sick leave end exclusion of some union workers   Following a strong push by advocates for workers’ rights, including HSA, the BC government made changes to the Employment Standards Act effective Jan. 1, 2022 to provide five paid sick leave days for all working British Columbians.   A feature in the legislation, however, excluded some workers covered by collective agreements to the minimum entitlement.