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OHS conference examines mental health issues in workplace

June 20, 2016
HSA REPORT MAGAZINE JULY 2013 Activists from around the province gathered in early June for a conference on occupational health and safety. The OHS conference provided an opportunity for OHS and Enhanced Disability Management Stewards to come together, share experiences and find solutions to health, safety and injury prevention concerns in their workplaces. Seventy-five activists spent time in plenary sessions and workshops discussing a wide range of issues important to HSA members.

HSA Launches Anti-Raid Task Force

June 9, 2016
Over the past 5 years, the BCNU leadership has taken an aggressive and adversarial approach that undermines the autonomy and professional integrity of HSA members in their workplaces and in their union. These actions have resulted in the expulsion of BCNU from the BC Federation of Labour, Canadian Labour Congress and other progressive bodies across Canada. 

Tentative agreement reached for West Coast Medical Imaging

June 3, 2016
HSA’s bargaining committee has reached a tentative agreement with West Coast Medical Imaging. HSA represents almost 200 members working in diagnostic imaging clinics in the Vancouver and Victoria regions. The tentative four-year agreement includes modest wage increases, improvements to sick leave and vacation provisions, and an agreement on a process on issues related to casuals’ seniority rights. Details of the terms of the tentative agreement and a schedule of ratification votes will be circulated in the coming days.

HSA Political Action Fund support available for election campaign training

May 19, 2016
Printer-friendly version for posting. Members may apply for Political Action Fund support to attend political action training which is:

HSA offers 20 professional development awards of $550 to health science professionals

May 19, 2016
Applications are being invited from HSA members who work under the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association (HSPBA) collective agreement for $550 awards to support professional development. The awards will be distributed province wide, with two awards available to members in each of the union’s 10 regions. Awards will be randomly selected.

Bargaining underway for new contract with West Coast Medical Imaging

May 18, 2016
Bargaining is underway for a new collective agreement between HSA and West Coast Medical Imaging (WCMI). Union bargaining committee members Gary Finnerty and Fran Wagner from the Lower Mainland and Lee McKellar and Jenn Frost from Victoria, along with HSA staff negotiators Dani Demetlika and Gurleen Sahota and labour relations specialist Jessica Magalios, got underway at the end of April and resumed yesterday, with two days of bargaining scheduled for this week, and another two days scheduled at the beginning of June.

Contract ratified: 85 per cent vote in favour of accepting new contract for BC's nurses

May 13, 2016
Nurses covered by the Nurses Bargaining Association (NBA) contract, including the 900 Registered Psychiatric Nurses represented by HSA, have voted 85 per cent in favour of accepting a new collective agreement. The new agreement features wage increases for all nurses, some changes to benefits coverage, and a number of contract changes that address staffing issues, education, and violence in the workplace. ACHIEVEMENTS The tentative agreement achieves eight of the 11 priorities HSA's RPNs set for bargaining, including:

Delegates approve increase in dues to protect services and members

May 12, 2016
Confronted with increasing demand for member services, support for stewards facing growing caseloads and the mounting cost of defending members against hostile raids by the BC Nurses, delegates to HSA’s 45th annual convention voted overwhelmingly in favour of a small dues increase, the first in 19 years.

Come on, Canada, support the ILO convention on the right to collective bargaining and union organizing

May 11, 2016
The United Nations says there are eight standards that are fundamental to the rights of human beings at work. Canada is one of the few countries in the world that have not yet formally accepted all eight of these standards. The overwhelming majority of countries have ratified all eight of the ILO's core conventions. Canada has not. Neither have a small number of other countries, including China, Iran, and Saudi Arabia.