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Three candidates running for Regional Director in Region 2

During the next several weeks, HSA members in Region 2 will have an opportunity to elect a new representative on the HSA Board of Directors.  Current Region 2 Director, Brian Isberg, announced last year that he would not be seeking re-election.

Nominations for the position closed on February 7th with three members declaring their candidacy: Val Avery, a physiotherapist at Royal Jubilee Hospital, Derrick Hoyt, a pathologists assistant at Royal Jubilee Hospital, and Anna Morton, a social worker at the Queen Alexandra Centre for Childrens Health.

HSA members return Joan Magee as Region 8 Director

Joan Magee, a laboratory technologist at Cariboo Memorial Hospital, has been acclaimed as the Region 8 representative on the HSA Board of Directors after the February 7th deadline passed with no further nominations.

Joan is a charter member of HSA and has served as a chief steward at Cariboo Memorial Hospital in Williams Lake since 1996. As a Member-At-Large for Region 10, she served on the unions Education and Resolutions Committees.  She currently serves on the unions Occupational Health & Safety and Equality & Social Action Committees.

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: or contact your chief steward.

Nominations open for Regional Director positions in Region 2, 4, 6, 8 & 10

This year, Regional Director elections will take place in Regions 2, 4, 6, 8, & 10. All HSA members in these regions are encouraged to put their name forward for these important positions.

Directors meet, on average, every six weeks and take an active leadership role in representing the union. They will receive wage replacement for the time they spend in official meetings at their own regular rate of pay. Part-time and casual members are reimbursed as if they were at work during the meetings they attend.

•Therefore be it resolved

HSA members will soon be preparing for the 2008 HSA Convention, to be held April 17, 18, & 19, 2008 at the Hilton Vancouver Metrotown in Burnaby.

Conventions are where chapters from around the province determine the future direction of the union. Policies, actions, constitutional amendments, structural changes are all discussed and debated at convention.

2008 HSA Convention to be held April 17-19 in Burnaby

The next HSA Annual Convention will take place April 17-19, 2008 at the Hilton Vancouver Metrotown in Burnaby.

All HSA members are welcome to attend and speak at the convention. However, only delegates have the right to vote.

For chapters with 49 or fewer members, the HSA chief steward is the sole delegate. If the chief steward is not attending convention, an alternate should be identified. Chapters with more than 49 members are entitled to one additional delegate for each additional 50 members or portion thereof.

CML Healthcare members ratify collective agreement

HSA members working at CML Healthcare, a private provider of medical diagnostic testing services, ratified a new collective agreement with this week.

The agreement was ratified by a 78 per cent vote in favour. For members in the Lower Mainland locations of CML Healthcare, it is a first agreement, as earlier this year they joined the existing bargaining unit representing their colleagues on Vancouver Island.

Highlights of the agreement include:

Tentative agreement reached with CML; ratification meetings Dec. 10 and 11

A tentative agreement for a new contract was reached this week between Health Sciences Association of BC and CML Healthcare.

Details of the proposed agreement, as well as a vote on whether to accept the contract, will be held Monday December 10 in the Lower Mainland, and Tuesday December 11 on Vancouver Island.

The information and ratification vote meetings will be held as follows:

Chief steward acclaimed at VGH; no voting required November 21

After the deadline for nominations passed at a meeting November 19 with only one nomination, Faith Uchida has been acclaimed as the HSA Chief Steward at Vancouver Hospital for the term of one year.

As a result, the scheduled voting will not be held November 21.