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New province-wide policy provides greater protection for health care workers

The Ministry of Health has released an updated policy concerning the wearing of masks by workers, patients, and visitors in all health care facilities, programs, and services. The policy applies to all facilities and settings where health care services are provided, including outpatient clinics, as well as long term care and seniors assisted living facilities.
 
HSA members began to raise concerns as soon as the COVID pandemic emerged early this year.
 

Municipal Pension Plan Changes – New Resources for Plan Members

Following a comprehensive review of the Municipal Pension Plan, the pension plan for most HSA members, the Plan Partners – which includes employee and employer representatives who govern the jointly trusteed pension plan – have developed a package of proposed changes to update the plan.

Solidarity with AUPE

In Alberta, front-line hospital workers who are members of the Alberta Union of Public Employees (AUPE) walked off the job earlier this week in response to news that Alberta Health Services would be cutting 11,000 jobs. HSA has sent a letter of solidarity to AUPE expressing our support for their fight against government cuts and health care privatization. The text of the letter follows:

Dear AUPE President Guy Smith

Invitation: Indigenous Workers Gathering

The BC Federation of Labour is hosting their first Indigenous Workers Gathering
 
This full day Gathering is open only to those who identify as Indigenous, and will feature deep connection, reconciliation planning, and goal setting. It will be facilitated by renowned Indigenous Planning Expert Elaine Alec.
 

WHEN:   Wednesday, October 28 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm - and - from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

President's Message: Vote for public services and an inclusive economy

By HSA President Val Avery

Voting in our Provincial Election will take place this Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020. This is one year before our next fixed-date election, which would have been on Oct. 16, 2021. The reality is that – early election call or not -- this provincial election was always going to be held during the COVID-19 pandemic.

How unionizing transformed our workplace

By Zayn Wiwchar, HSA member
In February and July of 2020, the Victoria branch staff of the Canadian Mental Health Association joined HSA and entered the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association (HSPBA) and the Community Bargaining Association (CBA) —a decision that has given me the opportunity to be a part of incredible changes in our office over the past year.

Practicing anti-racism as a health science professional

By Easter Tocol, HSA member 

“Where are you from?  No, where are you really from?”   

“I’m not a racist, I have so many friends of colour.”   

“Well, shouldn’t all lives matter?”   

These are just some of the racist microagressions that I hear every day in the workplace.  

The choice between joblessness and risky work

By Jill Slind, Co-chair of the HSA Young Workers' Advisory Group

As a full-time permanent employee with a few years of seniority under my belt in my unionized position in HSA, I knew when going into BC’s Phase One in March that my job in the healthcare sector wasn’t likely on the line.

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