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Nominations open for HSA president

March 5, 2021
HSA’s 2021 50th annual convention will include an election for the position of president. The two-year term begins at the adjournment of the 2021 convention, set for June 2 to 4, 2021 online. The president is elected by delegates to the union’s annual convention in odd-numbered years. 

BC Federation of Labour: Healthcare voices call for permanent paid sick leave program in BC

May 6, 2021
Prominent voices in BC’s health sector are calling on the BC government to deliver a permanent paid sick leave program with coverage of at least ten days of worker wages. The appeal to government comes as new data from the Workers’ Compensation Board shows rising numbers of workplace exposures, and as BC’s health care system strains under high rates of hospitalizations due to COVID-19.

Applications now open for 2021-2022 professional development funding for HSA members covered by HSPBA contract

May 5, 2021
Applications are now being accepted for funding to support HSA members who work under the Health Science Professionals Collective Agreement (HSPBA) and who are pursuing professional development. The continued funding was negotiated in the 2019-2022 collective agreement, with a $400,000 contribution to the fund each year.   “I encourage members to apply to this fund to support their professional development, as I know that HSA members are committed to keeping their skills and knowledge current in an ever-advancing modern health care team,” said HSA President Val Avery.

REMINDER – HSA nurses eligible for college fee reimbursement: Details on how to apply to HSA by June 30, 2021

May 5, 2021
As part of the Nurses Bargaining Association 2019-2022 collective agreement, HSA’s Registered Psychiatric Nurses and Registered Nurses are eligible for partial reimbursement of fees paid to the BC College of Nurses and Midwives (BCCNM).

HSA's next BIPOC Caucus - Thursday, April 29

April 27, 2021
The next meeting of the BIPOC Caucus will be held on Thursday, April 29, 2021 from 6 to 8pm.  This invitation is open to all members identifying as Black, Indigenous, or People of Colour (BIPOC). With HSA's Annual Convention coming in June, we will use our BIPOC meeting to: 1.           Review resolutions related to BIPOC issues 2.           Define goals and objectives on what BIPOC needs 3.           Create plans of action to accomplish the above goals

Giddha re-elected to represent Region 7 members on HSA Board of Directors

April 26, 2021
Jas Giddha has been re-elected to serve a two-year term as a member of HSA’s Board of Directors, representing HSA members in Region 7 from several worksites, including Surrey Memorial, Peace Arch, Abbotsford, and Chilliwack Hospitals, and the Fraser Valley Centre for Child Development.

Morrison elected to represent Region 9 members on HSA Board of Directors

April 26, 2021
HSA members have elected Janice Morrison to serve a two-year term on the union’s board of directors representing Region 9, which includes worksites in the Kootenays.

Slind elected to represent Region 5 members on HSA Board of Directors

April 26, 2021
HSA members have elected Jill Slind to serve a two-year term on the union’s board of directors representing Region 5, which includes a number of worksites in the Lower Mainland including BC Children’s and Women’s Hospital and the Vancouver Cancer Centre.

Packer re-elected to represent Region 1 members on HSA Board of Directors

April 26, 2021
Becky Packer has been re-elected to serve a two-year term as a member of HSA’s Board of Directors, representing HSA members in Region1 from worksites in Nanaimo and north on Vancouver Island. A physiotherapist at Cumberland Health Centre, she has been active in the union since 2008, and was first elected to the Board of Directors in 2019. She has served as secretary-treasurer since 2020, and as chair of the union’s Climate Action Working Group.

Race, Racism in Healthcare & Social Services: Building Anti-racist Care Virtual Workshop

April 22, 2021
Race, Racism in Healthcare & Social Services: Building Anti-racist Care An HSA Virtual Diversity Workshop HSA is pleased to offer another opportunity to attend this two-day workshop virtually. Members are expected to attend the entirety of both days. DATES:  July 12 & 13, 2021

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