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Members vote to accept four-year collective agreement at Paragon Orthotic Lab

August 6, 2013
HSA members at Paragon Orthotic Lab in Victoria, a manufacturer of custom footwear orthotics, have voted unanimously in favour of accepting a four-year collective agreement. Highlights of the agreement include wage increases equal to the cost of living, or a minimum of 2 per cent, in the third and fourth years of the agreement, in addition to increased benefit coverage in the third and fourth years of the agreement. The benefit coverage improvements include increases in dental coverage, as well as the introduction of eyeglass coverage for employees’ spouses.

Four in ten Canadians willing to change their vote if there is no national plan for the future of health care

July 26, 2013
http://healthcoalition.ca/new-poll-carries-stark-warning-to-harper/

HSA Political Action Fund available to support members in upcoming municipal by-elections

July 23, 2013
HSA members throughout the province who are running for office or working in upcoming municipal by-elections may apply to HSA for financial support from HSA's Political Action Fund. Municipal, Board of Education and Regional District elections 1. Members who are candidates in a civic election may apply for up to 5 days of wage replacement and/or up to $200 to cover approved personal expenses incurred to run for office.

Closure of child psychiatry inpatient program at BC Children’s Hospital puts vulnerable children at risk, say youth and family counsellors

July 19, 2013
Families and advocates for children with serious mental health challenges are speaking out against a month-long closure of the child psychiatry inpatient unit at BC Children’s Hospital. The month-long closure from July 19 to August 19 is to allow for a redesign of the treatment model used at the unit. The program is being redesigned from a 24/7 inpatient program to a Monday to Friday day program. The redesign includes reducing the number of Youth and Family Counsellors (YFCs) from the health care team working with the children aged 5 to 12 years old and their families.

Community living and family service programs may be cut as government fails to provide promised bridge funding

July 15, 2013
Services for vulnerable families may be cut across B.C. following the government's failure to provide bridge funding for a 1.5 per cent wage increase that was negotiated for frontline workers earlier this year, the Community Social Services Bargaining Association says.

All community social services workers deserve their negotiated wage increase

July 9, 2013
The Community Social Services Bargaining Association, the multi-union bargaining association that represents community social services workers, is working to ensure that all community social service workers receive the wage increase they are entitled to as of April 1, 2013 without any cuts to agency programs or services.  

Flu shot policy grievance heads to arbitration

July 8, 2013
A policy grievance arbitration over the unprecedented Influenza Control Program Policy introduced by the Health Employers' Association of BC (HEABC) last August will open tomorrow in Vancouver.

2013 HSA Scholarship and Bursary recipients

July 3, 2013
Melissa Eden used her HSA bursary to complete a Bachelor and Science in Psychology   THE REPORT: JULY 2013 "I completed my Bachelor of Science in Psychology last week and am now entering the work force. Thank you for your support it was appreciated and will be put to good use, :)"

"Right to work" laws allows freeloading off your dues

July 3, 2013
  THE REPORT: JULY 2013 Major corporations and their political allies in Canada are pushing for the type of "Right to Work" laws found in most of the poorest states in the US. Such laws make it harder for workers to form a union. They also allow workers in a unionized workplace to opt out of paying dues, while still being entitled to representation by the union and the benefits of contracts negotiated by the union using dues paid by their co-workers.

Member Profile: Jade Shultis, respiratory therapist

June 26, 2013
  THE REPORT: JULY 2013 Jade Shultis didn't have to work too hard to find her career path. As a kid, she was fascinated by medical dramas on TV. "My parents thought I was a bit crazy – an 11-year-old watching Trauma: Life in the E.R.," she says with a laugh. By the time she graduated from high school, Shultis knew not only that she wanted to work in health care, but that she wanted to become a respiratory therapist.