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HSA Regional Meeting and member-at-large election dates set for 2022

The dates have been set for HSA’s 2022 Annual Regional Meetings and member-at-large elections. After two years of virtual meetings, we are returning to in-person meetings throughout the province.

Annual Regional Meetings are a forum for HSA activists and members to connect with other members in their region, and to get caught up on the union’s work.

Why awareness about domestic violence matters in the workplace: HSA workshop

HSA is pleased to offer a one-day workshop focused on the impact domestic violence has on workers and workplaces, and the role of employers and unions in keeping workplaces safe.

The workshop will feature two guest experts: Anne Davis, an HSA member and transition house worker with expertise and training in anti-violence, and Kamal Dhillon, author of I am Kamal: Survivor to Thriver!, an autobiographical account of her experiences of domestic violence.

HSA secures $3 million in new funding for professional development

The Health Sciences Association of BC is pleased to announce $3 million in new funding for professional development of health science professionals. The new funding, secured from the BC Ministry of Health, is the latest in the union’s long-standing program of support for the professional development of members, building on $3 million provided in 2018 and another $3 million in 2021.

HSA Contract Interpretation for Stewards Workshop - Nov 1st or 2nd, 2022

HSA Contract Interpretation for Stewards

Following basic steward training, many stewards request additional training to build their confidence in dealing with complex workplace issues. This one-day training session is for stewards to enhance their skills in grievance handling, workplace investigations and respect in the workplace issues. Participants will have the opportunity to learn advocacy skills, how to prepare for stage 2 and stage 3 meetings and interpretation of collective agreement language.

Level Two OH&S Training (Virtual)

HSA is pleased to offer this one-day virtual workshop specifically designed for Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) stewards and Joint Occupational Health and Safety (JOHS) representatives working to support members with their occupational health and safety concerns.

DATE:              November 29, 2022
TIME:               9:00 am to 4:30 pm
LOCATION:    Virtual – WebEx details to follow

How to apply for new MRI Technologist Bursary Program

The BC government’s Ministry of Health has introduced a new program that will help MRI technologist students graduate earlier and enter the workforce sooner, an initiative that will help tackle serious shortages in one of the key health science professions.

HSPBA Bargaining Update: Frequently-Asked Questions on Bargaining and Job Action

HSPBA Bargaining Update: Frequently-Asked Questions on Bargaining and Job Action

The HSPBA bargaining committee is engaged in focused discussions with the employer through most of June. The discussions are being led by subgroups of the committee negotiating matters related to managing union leave disputes and expedited arbitration procedures.

CSS Bargaining Update: Collective Bargaining 101

Community social services bargaining is on a scheduled break this week and will resume next week at the bargaining table.  

Before the break, your bargaining committee started to talk about monetary priorities with the employers’ representatives. We expect those discussions to continue when bargaining resumes.