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HSA welcomes new operating agreement for Starbright CDC

February 4, 2023
Health Sciences Association of BC welcomes the BC government's decision to support the operations of Starbright Children's Development Centre with a new service agreement. Starbright was facing imminent closure after a pilot project on establishing centralized services for children and youth with special needs was awarded to another agency in January.

Region 7 Board of Directors election: How to Vote

February 3, 2023
Tomorrow, Saturday February 4, 2023, voting will open to elect the Director for Region 7. Two candidates have been nominated to represent HSA members who work in HSA Region 7 on the union’s board of directors. The two candidates in the election are Sarah Kooner and Sherry Lewis. Candidates’ statements are available on our website and on the online ballot. Further details regarding the voting process are provided below.

CBA, CSS, and NBA Members: Did You Get a Call or Text from HSA?

February 2, 2023
Did you get a call or text from HSA? We're contacting members to make sure we have your current personal email address to ensure that you recieve important bargaining updates. You can update your contact information using our member contact update form.

NBA Bargaining Update: Housekeeping and Non-Monetary Issues

February 2, 2023
This month, the NBA Bargaining Committee has been back at the table with bargaining representatives from the Health Employers Association of BC (HEABC), exchanging article language proposals on housekeeping and non-monetary issues. In bargaining, “housekeeping” is a term that refers to changes that update the contract without changing it (for example, correcting spelling mistakes, or adding and removing punctuation), while non-monetary issues are those that don’t have an associated cost (for example, strengthening language that doesn’t occur a cost for the employer).

Giddha Withdraws From Region 7 Board of Directors Election

February 1, 2023
Please be advised that Jas Giddha has withdrawn as a candidate for HSA Board of Directors Region 7 representative. Two candidates remain for the election: Sarah Kooner and Sherry Lewis. An all candidates’ meeting is set for Thursday, February 2, 7-8 p.m. Online voting opens February 4 and continues to February 12. 

February is Black History Month

February 1, 2023
February is Black History Month. This month of observance is intended to highlight Black history, excellence, and joy, while also recognizing the ongoing systemic oppression and racism that Black individuals face.

CBA Ratification: Information Package on the Proposed Agreement

January 27, 2023
When your Community Health Services and Support bargaining committee went into bargaining, they had dozens of priorities from members like you. You gave your representatives clear direction that closing the wage gap between the Community Agreement and the Facilities Agreement was essential. By autumn, progress had been made on many items, but the government had dug in their heels on two key issues: bringing wages in line with other sectors and securing your benefits.  

Second report on HSA JEDI work released

January 27, 2023
The second HSA Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI) report to members was released today. The union’s commitment to JEDI is essential to achieving HSA’s mission of being a collective voice, strategic priorities of service, engagement, rights, relationships, and resources, and finally, HSA’s vision of respectful workplaces.  

NUPGE: Health care workers the solution to our health care crisis

January 25, 2023
Statement issued by The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) Shortage of health care workers driving health crisis “Today, we are demanding the federal and provincial governments, make health care a greater priority by increasing its funding, by ensuring the money is used properly and by investing in the people who save lives every day. Combined, these things will help save the entire system.” — Bert Blundon, NUPGE President

Three candidates declared in election for Region 7 representative on HSA board of directors; online voting open February 4-12

January 24, 2023
Three candidates have been nominated to represent HSA members who work in HSA Region 7 on the union’s board of directors.   The three candidates in the election are Jas Giddha, Sarah Kooner, and Sherry Lewis. Candidates’ statements will be available in the coming days on the HSA website at https://hsabc.org/about/board-directors/board-directors-election-2023   Candidate statements will also be included with voting credentials to be sent to members by e-mail.  

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