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Meeting to set contract objectives; This is your chance to have a say

With the Heath Services and Support Community contract set to expire March 31, 2010, planning is underway to prepare bargaining priorities to present at the bargaining table.

HSA stewards will be setting chapter meetings to be held by November 11, 2009 to discuss and develop bargaining proposals. All HSA members covered by the Health Services and Support Community collective agreement are urged to attend these chapter meetings. You negotiating team needs your input.

Retraining Fund available for HSA members in Health Services and Support (Community Subsector) Agreement

(This information applies to HSA members of the Health Services and Support / Community Subsector.)

In September, HSA mailed to every member in the Health Services and Support (Community Subsector) information about the Community Retraining Fund available to unionized workers in the Health Services and Support Community subsector.  The package includes:

a) an overview,
b) answers to frequently asked questions, and
c) application forms.

Rallies planned to oppose termination of autism programs

Families are planning rallies in the coming weeks to fight the cut in funding for autism services for children.
HSA President Reid Johnson will join the Kelowna rally Sunday October 18 at 11 a.m.
  • Date: Sunday, October 18th
  • Time: 11 am - 1 pm
  • Place: Kerry Park/The Sails (downtown Kelowna on Bernard Avenue)

Why are the BC Liberals picking on our children?

Fresh on the heels of cutting funding for children with autism, the Ministry for Children and Family Development has abruptly cut off funding to the Infant Development Programs provincial office.

-Why are the BC Liberals picking on kids with disabilities?" asked Reid Johnson, President of the Health Sciences Association of BC.

Pension seminars for all Plan members

The Municipal Pension Plan continues to offer pension seminars to plan members. 

Plan members have a choice of two seminars:

Your Pension, Your Future is aimed towards new and mid-career plan members.  In this seminar, the emphasis is on the value of plan membership, explaining pension benefits and helping members understand how decisions they make today can impact their future pension income.  Members will learn how to read their Member's Benefit Statement and find out ways to make the most of their future pension.

Agreement reached in Bill 29 talks

Highlights include a $3 million fund for re-dress and education

The HSA Board of Directors has approved a tentative Memorandum of Agreement with the provincial government and HEABC that includes a one-time payout of $3-million that will compensate members financially harmed by Bill 29 and establish an educational fund for health science professionals covered by the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association contract.

Scholarships and bursaries available for HSA members and their families

HSA is offering scholarships and bursaries to all members and their children. We will be awarding ten scholarships for full-time studies, twenty bursaries for full-time studies and two aboriginal scholarships.

The criteria and details are set out on the application forms. To obtain a copy please see the HSA website: www.hsabc.org or contact your chief steward.