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Tentative Agreement Questions

1. When will I receive my retro and lump sum payment?

With ratification of the Tentative Agreement by HSAS members on August 4, 2015 and the signing of the new Collective Agreement on, August 6, 2015, SAHO has received the following payment schedule information from payroll:

  • New rates of pay for wages and premiums take effect August 9, 2015
  • New rates will appear starting with the earning statement which would be deposited August 28, 2015
  • Adjustments to reflect the increase in the premium rates from July 1, 2015 to August 8, 2015 inclusive, will be deposited August 28, 2015 (i.e. standby, shift premium and weekend premium)
  • The retro on wages, including the amount from July 1, 2015 to August 8, will be paid October 30, 2015 (which is a non-pay week)
  • The lump sum payment will be paid on October 2, 2015 (which is also a non-pay week)

2. I have moved health regions (still HSAS). How do I get retro from the previous region?

If the time you worked for the previous region ‘fits’ the time frame for retro which is April 1, 2013- November 30, 2014 and May of 2015 and lump sum payment is April 1, 2014 – March 31, 2015, then you need to contact your previous region and request your entitlement.  We would suggest that you contact the Human Resources department for that region.  Should you encounter problems in this process, please contact your HSAS Labour Relations Officer (click here).

3. How much would a Dietitian get for lump sum payment at step 5?

Lump sum payment (is .5% of actual wages) is calculated on the ‘actual’ wage and over the April 1, 2014- March 31, 2015 time frame.  If you look at the wage scales in the tentative agreement (available on the HSAS website and find the scales which are dated April 1, 2014.  A degree dietitian at Step 5 has an actual wage of $ 39.377.  To calculate the lump sum payment:

.5% x $39.377= .1969 (which is just over 19 cents)

Then multiple .1969 x the number of hours worked in that year (including overtime)

If we assume the dietitian worked fulltime (and didn’t work any overtime) which is 1948.8 hours in a year then…

.1969 x 1948.8= $383.69 = lump sum payment

4. I retired in January 2015. What will I get for retro and lump sum? Will my pension increase?

If we assume that you worked from April 1, 2013-November 30, 2014, you are entitled to retro. In addition, if you worked from April 1, 2014 to your retirement date in January 2015, you would be entitled to a lump sum payment for that time period.  Contact the Human Resources Department of the health region you have retired from and request payment of your entitlements. (If you worked for more than one health region in the time frames above, you will need to contact each of them).

As for your pension question, please contact your pension plan to obtain the most knowledgeable answer to your question.

5. I worked 2 different HSAS positions in the retro period. Can I make sure I get all the retro?

Retro pay will be paid on October 30, 2015.  This is a separate payment date from the regular payroll and should help you to determine and ensure that all of the hours you worked in both of those positions are accounted for in the calculation of your retro pay.

6. If the Tentative Agreement is accepted, when would it actually be ‘signed’ and in effect?

If the agreement has been accepted, it is anticipated that the date of ‘signing’ would be very shortly (days) after.  Once signed, it would be in effect.

7. If I retire after the agreement is signed but before it is paid, will I still receive retro?

The Tentative Agreement states:

“All employees employed at the date of signing of the Collective Agreement shall be eligible for retroactive wage adjustments based on all paid hours with any employer party to this Collective Agreement”

8. If I retire soon after signing of the new Agreement, is my pension based on higher wage?

To get the most knowledgeable and complete answer to your question – please contact your pension plan.

9. If I retire before ratification would my earnings and 4 best years include the new increases?

The Tentative Agreement states:

“Employees who have retired from any Employer party to this Collective Agreement shall be eligible for retroactive wage increases based on all eligible paid hours up to and including the date of retirement or May 30, 2015, whichever date is earlier.”

Please contact your pension plan to get the most knowledgeable and complete answer to your question.

10. I was on mat leave September 2013 - September 2014. What would my top up retro be?

We have asked SAHO for an answer to your question.  It is agreed that you are entitled to retro on the weeks within that time period that you received a top up- however we do not have a definitive answer as to how that would be calculated.   When that information is received- it will be posted.

11. I took an out of scope job. Will I still be entitled to back pay?

That depends…  If you accepted a temporary out of scope position, you will receive retroactive wage increases, and the lump sum payment for any hours you worked in your Health Sciences position for the applicable time periods as listed in the tentative Agreement.

However, if you accepted a permanent out of scope position and your last day as an HSAS member was prior to the signing of the accepted Tentative Agreement, you would be excluded from receiving retroactive wage increases, and the lump sum payment.

12. I’m on mat leave. Will I get my retro at the same time as everyone else?

We checked with SAHO- they believe that you would receive your retro and lump sum (for the applicable time periods as described in the Tentative Agreement) at the same time as everyone else.

13. I returned from 1 year mat leave November 2014. Will I only get 4 months retro?

If you were employed as of April 1, 2013, you would receive retro on the hours paid from that date until your mat leave commenced.  If you were paid any mat leave top during your mat leave (up to November 30, 2014), you would also be entitled retro on the mat leave top up.

14. Please clarify retro and lump sum time frames. Thanks!

Retroactive payments will be received for the time frame of April 1, 2013 to November 30, 2014 and May 2015.  Also the lump sum payment will be received for April 1, 2014- March 31, 2015.

In addition, the Tentative Agreement language states that upon signing of the Agreement, wage rates will be considered in effect as of July 1, 2015.

15. How will accepting an agreement without full retro affect bargaining next time?

Each collective agreement is negotiated separately and provisions negotiated can differ between them.

16. Has any other health care union given up full retroactivity on recent contracts?

Not all health care unions have completed their most recent round of bargaining.  When CUPE/SEIU/SGEU were negotiating their most recent agreements, they did achieve full retroactivity.  The employer proposals leading up to their tentative agreements stipulated that if the agreement was not reached prior to a set date, the retro would stop accumulating.

This recent employer/SAHO practice of ‘or else’ bargaining creates situations where unions are put into a position of potentially accepting employer proposals which may not be in the members’ long term best interests- in exchange for the promise of full retro.

17. Were you able to eliminate the Field Staff designation for Addictions Counsellors?

This was not one of HSAS’s bargaining proposals.  However, SAHO did withdraw their proposal on Field Hours which would have significantly restricted the ability of HSAS to challenge the designation of Field Hours on behalf of members.

18. How can the base wage appear in the contract as an increase if retro isn’t paid for that time?

Although the retro may not be paid for the entire time period, the base wage scales continues to reflect the application of the general wage increases to it.  If the Tentative Agreement is accepted by HSAS members, each member’s new hourly rate of pay will contain the updated base wage (and the member’s market supplement and/or market adjustment, if received).

19. Am I eligible for retro if I had a few months break in service in 2014?

The Tentative Agreement reads: “All employees employed at the date of signing of the Collective agreement shall be eligible for retroactive wage adjustments on all paid hours with any Employer to this Collective Agreement.  Employees who have moved between employers cover by the Collective Agreement shall apply to their previous employers for that portion of the retroactivity”.

Of note:  The above language pertains to the retroactive wage payments, but the criteria apply to the lump sum payments as well.

20. Can you explain about the ‘Unique Classification Schedules’? Where did they come from?

Background on the Unique Classification pay schedules:

Over the past number of years as the need arose, employers across the province created classifications with titles which did not exactly ‘fit’ under the standard classifications.  Sometimes the classification pertained to a single person and sometimes a small number of people.  When a classification is created a rate of pay is assigned to it.  Sometimes it is the same as another classification; sometimes it receives a percentage above another classification.

To date, nearly all of the classifications in the Unique Wage Schedule have not appeared in the Collective Agreement.  It is not even clear with some of them as to whether or not someone actually occupies them as they could have been created a number of years ago and have been vacant for years and may not even be relevant anymore. These schedules were provided by SAHO to HSAS during the bargaining process with the intent of finally including them in the Collective Agreement.

Inclusion of the Unique Schedules was meant to provide members with easy access to their own unique schedule of wages- something which has not previously occurred.  Obviously, we want to ensure that the information contained within them is correct and have appreciated members bringing forward discrepancies identified.

21. As a permanent fulltime PT in a temporary OOS position- will I get retro and lump sum?

Yes.  If you have accepted a Temporary Out-of-Scope position, you will receive retroactive wage increases and the lump sum payment for the hours that you worked in your Health Sciences position for the applicable time periods as listed in the Tentative Agreement.

22. What deductions would apply to the retroactive pay and the lump sum payment?

SAHO has provided the following information:

The regular statutory deductions would apply to all payments (ie: income tax, EI, etc.).

For the lump sum:  no additional deductions are applied (ie:  no union dues, no pension, and no benefit deductions will be deducted).

For retro:  additional amounts are deducted for union dues and for pension and benefit deductions.  This applies to all retro amounts except for OT.  None of these additional deductions apply to OT earnings in the retro calculation.

 

July 22, 2015:  Updated correction received from SAHO:

For retro:  additional amounts are deducted for union dues and for pension and benefit deductions.  None of these additional deductions apply to OT earnings in the retro calculation with the exception of union dues

23. Why does the Executive Council (and Neg. Committee) want members to accept less than full retroactivity?

Although the Tentative Agreement does not offer full retroactivity, it does have improvements over SAHO’s last offer of April 10, 2015 (upon which the forced vote was based).  Those include:

Retroactive pay (on base wages) from April 1, 2013 to November 30, 2014 and for the month of May 2015. (SAHO’s last offer of April 10, 2015:  Retroactive pay on base wages from April 1, 2013 to November 12, 2014)

A lump sum payment of .50% on all earnings (actual wages, including overtime but excluding premium pay) from April 1, 2014 to March 31, 2015.  (SAHO’s last offer of April 10, 2015:  Did not include any lump sum payment)

SAHO has withdrawn their proposal on capping of licensing/professional fees.    (SAHO’s last offer of April 10, 2015: capping reimbursement at rates effective as of January 1, 2017)

A 5th year has been added to the length of the contract with a general wage increase of 1.95% as of April 1, 2017. This would see the contract expiring March 31, 2018.  (SAHO’s last offer of April 10, 2015: contract length was 4 years, expiring March 31, 2017)

Upon ratification of the Tentative Agreement, wage increases and new premiums will be in effect as of July 1, 2015.  (SAHO’s last offer of April 10, 2015: wage increases and new premiums would not have come into effect until the date of signing of the collective agreement)

 

For the above reasons and improvements, your Executive Council considered the Tentative Agreement reached by the Negotiating Committee and has made the recommendation to the members of HSAS, to accept the Tentative Agreement.

24. Are professional fees capped in the proposed Tentative Agreement?

No.  SAHO’s last offer of April 10, 2014 still proposed a January 1, 2017 limit.  However, SAHO withdrew that proposal subsequent to the forced vote.  Therefore, the current language existing in the Collective Agreement remains in effect- no cap.

25. How does the proposed Tentative Agreement fit with the existing contract we have?

The proposed Tentative Agreement contains all of the changes that were agreed to during bargaining.  Whatever doesn’t appear in the Tentative Agreement, stays the same.  So when the new contracts are printed they will contain the changes within the Tentative Agreement and all of the existing language that has not changed. Click here for the current Collective Agreement.

26. Why does retro have to be negotiated?

The extent of retroactivity is negotiated with each set of contract negotiations.  Discussions occur as to whether retirees or deceased member estates will receive retroactive pay.  Dates of eligibility for receipt of retroactive pay are also discussed.  It is also determined whether retroactivity will apply to regular wages only or to premiums as well.  In this round of negotiations, the time frame over which retroactive pay would apply was also central to extensive discussion.

27. For the lump sum payment, do ‘actual earnings’ include transportation/mileage allowance?

No, the transportation /mileage allowance are not included the ‘actual earnings’ for the calculation of the lump sum payment.

28. Were PPT (EMS) on-call (standby) wage increases discussed during bargaining?

Yes.  The original HSAS bargaining proposal presented to SAHO on August 26, 2013 proposed:

A standby payment shall be paid to each Employee so assigned on the basis of the Provincial minimum wage rate per hour for each hour on standby with a minimum payment for eight (8) hours.

Discussions subsequently took place but we were not successful in achieving the proposal.

29. Is HSAS going to drop the grievances regarding communication around the forced vote?

Yes. The Tentative Agreement states that:

“HSAS agrees to rescind all outstanding grievances or litigation associated with communication activities during the most recent vote that was completed on May 27, 2015.”

The Tentative Agreement also contains a new Letter of Understanding:

LETTER OF UNDERSTANDING #20 (New)

Re:  bargaining process and relationships

 The parties agree to establish a non-binding process to explore opportunities to streamline the bargaining process and to foster positive working relationships.  The formation of a working group and its intent will be jointly communicated by SAHO and HSAS at the time of ratification. 

The parties agree to meet before December 31, 2015 to finalize the parameters of the working group.

30. Where would I get access to the most recent seniority list?

Your Labour Relations Officer would have a copy of the most recent seniority list as well as your health region Human Resources department.  You can find out who your Labour Relations Officer is by clicking here.

31. How many contracts has HSAS signed? How many of them have NOT included full retro?

We reviewed back to 1998:

January 1, 1998 to March 31, 2001: (Tentative Agreement reached on September 3, 1999)
Full retro for those on staff at signing of TA.
Retro for retirees.

April 1, 2001 to March 31, 2004: (Initial Tentative Agreement reached February 21, 2002)
Full retro for those on staff at signing of TA.
Retro for retirees.

April 1, 2004 to March 31, 2007: (Tentative Agreement reached July20, 2005)
Full retro for those on staff at signing of TA
No retro for retirees.

April 1, 2007 to March 31, 2009: (Tentative Agreement reached July 10, 2007)
Full retro for those on staff at signing of TA.
No retro for retirees.

April 1, 2009 to March 31, 2012: (Tentative Agreement signed July 8, 2011 but retro eligibility not calculated till the date of signing of Collective Agreement August 11, 2011)
Full retro for those on staff at signing of Collective Agreement.

Members resigning any time before August 11, 2011 – not eligible for retro.
No retro for retirees.

32. Have I done my lump sum .50% math correctly for a $79,000 wage? Is it $390.00?

Your math was almost correct.

$79,000 x 0.50% = $395.00 -but it may be more than that.

Example:  $79,000 of yearly earnings is equivalent to the April 1, 2012 wage scale of a Mental Health Therapist Senior, so let’s use their numbers.

As of April 1, 2012, this member at Step 5 of the pay scale had a base wage of $38.738 and a Market Adjustment of $1.794, giving her a Market Adjusted hourly wage of $40.532.

As of April 1, 2013, a 1.5% (.581) increase is applied to the base wage of $38.738, bringing it up to $39.319.  With the $1.794 Market Adjustment added back, the new hourly rate is $41.113

As of April 1, 2014, a 1.5% (.589) increase is applied to the base wage of $39.319, bringing it to $39.909.  With the $1.794 Market Adjustment added back, the new hourly rate is $41.703.

To calculate the lump sum for April 1, 2014-March 31, 2015, assuming the member has worked full time hours (1948.8) that year:

Lump sum dollar amount = .50% x (actual hourly rate of $41.703 x 1948.8 hours)

= $406.35

33. Clarify - no retro pay between December 1, 2014- May 1, 2015 and none after June 1, 2015?

There is no retro pay between December 1, 2014 and April 30, 2015, or for the month of June, 2015. However, upon ratification, wage rates will be effective back to July 1, 2015.

34. Can you define what ‘actual wages ‘means as it pertains to the ‘lump sum’?

Actual wages means what you actually make per hour- your hourly rate of pay. (For the calculation of the lump sum, it also includes Overtime hours).

For example:

A Degree Occupational Therapist on Step 5 of the April 1, 2012 wage scale has a base wage   of $35.868, a market supplemented rate of $36.805, and a market adjusted rate of $38.645.  Their actual   rate of pay that they receive for the hours that they work is $38.645.

If the Tentative Agreement is ratified, effective April 1, 2014 the actual rate of pay appearing in the Agreement would be $39.729.

To calculate the Lump Sum amount this Occupational Therapist would receive:
Lump sum = .50% x ($39.729 x 1948.8 hours (assuming this member worked full-time))
= $387.12 for the time period of April 1, 2014- March 31, 2015

35. Is there really an overlap for April 1, 2014- November 30, 2014 retro and the lump sum?

Yes.  The retro pay is applied to April 1, 2013 to November 30, 2014. The Lump Sum payment is applied to April 1, 2014 to March 31, 2015.

36. I resigned from SHR in July 2014. Am I eligible for retro pay? If so, how do I get it?

To be eligible for retroactive pay you must be on staff as of the date of signing of the Collective Agreement.  If you have resigned and are no longer employed by SHR or any other Employer party to this agreement, you would not be eligible for retro pay.

37. Will we also get retro pay for June and the parts of July until the new contract is ratified?

Retro would not be paid for the month of June but would be paid from July 1, 2015 (Date that the tentative agreement was reached) to the date of signing of the new Collective Agreement.

38. Is it correct that Retro and Lump Sum Payments won’t include the Market Supplement or Market Adjustment?

Retroactive pay is calculated on base wages only – does not include Market Supplements or Market Adjustments in the calculation.

Lump sum payment is calculated on actual earnings – includes base wage, Market Supplements, Market Adjustments, and Overtime.  However, Premiums are notincluded in the calculation of the Lump Sum payment.

39. My job shows up now in the Unique Classifications but it shows the wrong pay! Why?

This is the first time that many of the ‘unique’ positions will actually appear in the Collective Agreement.  This schedule was generated by SAHO and provided to HSAS by SAHO.  A number of members have written to us indicating that there are discrepancies between what they are currently paid and what the Unique Schedule states.  HSAS has been in contact with SAHO with the discrepancies that members have brought forward. We want to ensure that errors are identified and corrected prior to printing of the Collective Agreement.

40. I have been on maternity leave since August 2014 till now. Will I get any lump sum payment?

The lump sum payment is calculated over the April 1, 2014 – March 31, 2015 time period. Your mat-leave top (Supplemental Employment Insurance- SEB) received within that time frame would be eligible for the lump sum payment, as would your actual earnings,  (including Market Supplement, Market adjustment, and Overtime but excluding Premiums) prior to starting your mat leave.

41. Will the lump sum payment be paid on On Call or Standby pay?

No.  The lump sum payment is calculated on actual earnings (including Market Supplement, Market Adjustment, and Overtime) but not on Premiums like On Call or Standby.

42. What would likely happen if the HSAS membership voted no to this deal?

If the proposed Tentative Agreement was rejected by the membership, your Executive Council and the Negotiating Committee would have to consider the options for next steps. At this point in time, it is difficult to speculate as to what would be most likely to happen in that event.

43. Once the Collective Agreement is ratified, how long until retro is paid?

The Memorandum of Agreement (Tentative Agreement) states:

“The retroactive payment will be paid within 90 days of the signing of the collective agreement, and will issued as a separate cheque.”
 
When HSAS receives notification of a more precise date, that information will be shared with the membership.

44. If I leave the health district, am I entitled to retro pay for time worked in the retro period?

“All employees employed at the date of signing of the Collective Agreement shall be eligible for retroactive wage adjustments based on all paid hours with any Employer party to this Collective Agreement.”

The signing of the Collective Agreement occurs after the ratification vote. If you leave the health region prior to the signing, you will not be entitled to retro pay.

45. Can you explain the Social Worker pay scale difference from April 1, 2012- to April 1, 2013?

As of April 1, 2012 the BSW Social Worker had a base wage of $35.868.  With the Market Adjustment ($1.161) applied to that, the actual hourly rate of pay was $37.029.

As of April 1, 2013, a 1.5% wage increase would be applied to the April 1, 2012 base wage ($35.868) to get the new base wage for April 1, 2013.  That new base wage would be $36.406.  Then the Market Adjustment amount ($1.161) would be added to the new base wage to get the new actual hourly rate of pay which would be $37.567.

46. Please explain rate of pay for Assessor Coordinator Senior for April 1, 2013.

An Assessor Coordinator Senior base wage for April 1, 2012 was $38.738.  Assessor Coordinator Seniors also had a Market Adjustment amount of $3.345 added to the base wage to give an actual hourly rate of pay of $42.083.

On April 1, 2013 a 1.5% wage increase would be applied to the April 1, 2012 base wage of $38.738 to get a new base wage of $39.319.  With the Market Adjustment of $3.345 added to the new base wage of $39.319, the new actual hourly rate of pay for the Assessor Coordinator Senior as of April 1, 2013 would be $42.664.

47. Was double time overtime achieved?

Double time overtime for all hours was not achieved.  The current language remains in effect.

48. Why are Degree Recreation Therapists receiving less in 2013 wage scale than they make now?

That is not the case.  Please review the example:

As of April 1, 2012, a Degree Recreation Therapist had a base wage of $35.868.  The therapist also has a Market Adjustment of $3.226 which when added to the base wage, gives a market adjusted actual hourly rate of $39.094.

On April 1, 2013, a 1.5% wage increase is applied to the April 1, 2012 base wage of $35.868 to give a new base wage of $36.406.  The Market Adjustment of $3.226 is added to the new base wage to get the new actual hourly rate of $39.632.

Further general wage increases for subsequent years would be calculated in the same way.
Each year, the general wage increase is applied to the base wage to get a new base wage and then the Market Adjustment dollar amount is added to get the actual hourly rate of pay.

49. Will standby be included in retro pay or the lump sum payment?

No standby will not be included in the calculations of retro pay or the lump sum.

Retro pay is calculated on base wages and the lump sum is calculated on actual earnings, including overtime but excluding premiums.

50. Why does SAHO continue to not acknowledge my whole wage as my wage?

You also posed another question- If the MS and MA have been in place for several years, doesn’t that say it is the fair standard wage?

There was extensive discussion with respect to the fact that many market supplements have been in effect since 2002 and market adjustments since 2011.  The relevancy of the base wage scale was also discussed.

To that end, a new Letter of Understanding was agreed to during this round of bargaining:

“LETTER OF UNDERSTANDING #19
Re: Wage Structures
The parties agree to establish a non-binding process to review the market supplement/market adjustment approach in the HSAS/SAHO collective agreement with the purpose of simplifying and modernizing wage structures.
 
The parties agree to meet before December 31, 2015 to finalize the parameters of the working group.

51. Will they apply retroactive payments to mat leave top-up?

Yes.  Retroactive payments will be applied to mat leave top-up (Supplemental Employment Insurance – SEB) which was received in either of the following time periods: April 1, 2013- November 30, 2014, or in May of 2015.

52. Please explain the lump sum payment calculation of .50% for April 1, 2014- March 31, 2015?

The lump sum is calculated by applying .50% to the actual earnings, (including overtime but excluding premium pay) for the time period of April 1, 2014 to March 31, 2015.  The amount calculated will be paid on a separate cheque

53. I am an Assessor Coordinator. How will my wages be calculated in the new agreement?

Assessor Coordinators received a Market Adjustment on top of their base wages as of April 1, 2012.  The Market Adjustment is a dollar amount.

For example:  A degree Assessor Coordinator at Step 5 had a base wage (As of April 1, 2012) of $35.868 and a Market Adjusted wage of $38.965.  The dollar amount of the Market Adjustment is $3.097.

The April 1, 2013 increase is 1.5%.  That 1.5% is applied to the base wage of $35.868 to get a new base wage of $36.406.

Then the $3.097 Market Adjustment is added to the new base rate to get the new Market Adjusted rate for the Assessor Coordinator for April 1, 2013- March 31, 2014.

$36.406 + $3.097 = $39.503

Retroactive pay for April 1, 2013-March 31, 2014 will be calculated on the base wage, not the Market Adjusted wage rate.

54. Will the retro pay and the lump sum payment be on separate cheques?

Yes.  Both the retroactive payment and the lump sum payment will be received separate from regular pay and each of them will be on a separate cheque.

55. Just wondering why there are 5 months (Dec 2014-Apr2015) of missing retropay? Why May retro?

Retroactive pay was negotiated up to and including November 30, 2014 and for the month of May 2015.  May was included to acknowledge that it would not have been possible to reach an agreement during that time frame due to the forced vote process.

56. Can I collect my retro pay even though I retired in June?

Yes.  “Employees who have retired from any Employer party to this Collective Agreement shall be eligible for retroactive wage increases based on all eligible paid hours up to and including the date of retirement or May 30, 2015, whichever date is earlier”

57. Is the lump sum payment of .50% on top of our “retro” pay or our retro pay?

The lump sum is a separate payment which covers a different time period (April 1, 2014- March 31, 2015) and is calculated on actual earnings (including overtime but excluding premiums).  The retroactive payment covers April 1, 2013- November 30, 2014 and May 2015 and is calculated on base wages.

58. Why are we not receiving our full retroactive pay?

Full retroactivity on general wage increases was not achieved through the bargaining process.  Retroactive pay (on base wages) for April 1, 2013-November 30, 2014 and May 2015 was achieved as well as a .50% lump sum payment on actual earnings (including overtime but excluding premiums) for April 1, 2014-March 31, 2015.

Voting Process Questions

1. Any way to vote if I’m on holidays until after the deadline for return of ballot?

No. The time frame for the mail out and return of the ballots is limited. The Memorandum of Agreement (Tentative Agreement) stipulates that:

The representatives of the parties agree to complete the ratification process and exchange results no later than thirty (30) calendar days following the signing of this Memorandum of Agreement”

The tentative agreement was signed yesterday, July 8, 2015.

The HSAS Bylaws state that ratification votes happen by mail-in ballot.  The Bylaws do not provide for either electronic voting or proxy voting.  The ballots will be mailed   out in the next week and August 4, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. has been set for the deadline for return of the ballots.  The ballot count will occur on August the 4th.

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