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Health employers drop punitive measures of employee flu vaccine policy

December 4, 2019
  * updated December 13, 2019 to clarify that under the amended policy, it is still mandatory to report vaccination status, but no longer mandatory to wear a mask if not vaccinated. After years of controversy surrounding the province’s “vaccinate or mask” policy for health care workers during the flu season, the provincial policy has been amended to remove the disciplinary portion of the policy, where health care workers were at risk of being fired if they did not get a flu shot.

HSA 49th convention set for April 2-3: resolutions deadline January 28

December 13, 2019
Preparations for HSA’s annual convention, where delegates representing members from throughout the province set goals, debate policies, and recommend actions for the union and its members to carry out for the year, are already underway.

HSA Social Justice Day Workshop

December 12, 2019
HSA SOCIAL JUSTICE DAY WORKSHOP  DATE: Thursday, February 20, 2020TIME:  8:30am – 4:00pm    PLACE: HSA Head Office - 180 East Columbia St. New Westminster, BC The Committee on Equality and Social Action invite you to a workshop to explore different aspects of the Climate Emergency.

As private health care court case ends, future of medicare hangs in the balance

December 3, 2019
Public health care is one of Canada’s greatest achievements. But our most-cherished social program is under threat.

2020 Scholarships and bursaries available for HSA members and their families

November 21, 2019
  HSA is offering scholarships and bursaries to all members and their children.  Ten scholarships will be awarded for full-time studies, twenty bursaries for full-time studies and four bursaries for part-time studies.  Two indigenous bursaries will be awarded to indigenous students in BC. The criteria and details are set out on the application forms available on the HSA website.

NUPGE marks Community Social Service workers' day with a call to federal government to increase funding for services

November 6, 2019
Larry Brown, President of the National Union of General and Public Employees (NUPGE) marked November 6, Community Social Service Workers' Day, with a call to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to increase support for community social services. "Governments have consistently underestimated the funding required to provide the support services and programs necessary to ensure people are able to lead lives filled with opportunity and dignity," he says in the letter

Updated links to new community social services 2019-2022 collective agreements

October 31, 2019
The Community Social Services Bargaining Association (CSSBA) and the Community Social Services Employers’ Association (CSSEA) have published the 2019-2022 Community Living Services, General Services and Indigenous Services collective agreements which are now available at the updated links below:

2019 – 2021 HSPBA wage rates finalized

October 29, 2019
The Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association (HSPBA) and Health Employers’ Association of BC (HEABC) have reached agreement on the details of the HSPBA wage rates negotiated for the 2019-2022 Health Science Professionals Collective Agreement. 

2020 Canadian Labour Congress Winter School

October 29, 2019
One of Canada's best labour schools, held at Harrison Hot Springs, in January and February 2020. The CLC Winter School offers a wide variety of week-long, quality labour oriented courses. To support HSA's ability to represent HSA members effectively and help build a stronger union, members can apply to take courses chosen to meet these objectives. For dates and course information, please see Information Sheet.

An historic moment: BC to become first Canadian province to legislate UNDRIP

October 24, 2019
This morning the BC government introduced Bill 41, the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act. This bill requires all provincial laws to align with UNDRIP, and is an important and concrete step to implementing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) into a provincial legislative framework. Once passed, BC will be the first province to bring the internationally recognized standards of UNDRIP into provincial law.   

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