Bulletins

(This information applies to HSA members of the Community Social Services Bargaining Association.) A professional development education fund announced in November is still available to HSA members in the community social services sector. Applications are due March 31, 2010. Professional development that could be considered for funding includes: Obtaining or upgrading a credential (eg certificate, diploma, baccalaureate, masters) Upgrading diplomas...

To celebrate Community Social Services Month in BC, unions representing workers in the community social services sector have been working together to develop a poster, leaflet, and website. These materials highlight the importance of the wide spectrum of crucial services provided by our members ... services for women, youths at risk, infants and children, as well as advocacy, rehabilitation, support...

Due to increased demand for steward training, HSA is offering the following workshop: Basic Steward Training(3-day workshop): May 10, 11, 12, 2010 Please apply ASAP as workshops have been filling up quickly.Pre-registration forms are available from the HSA website at www.hsabc.org. Printer-friendly version Application Form

In 2006, community social services workers represented by HSA finally won access to the Municipal Pension Plan. You may be eligible to enrol starting April 1, 2010. HSA strongly recommends all eligible employees enrol. Your employer determines your eligibility, and will send you information if you qualify. You then have 90 days to decide whether you want to enrol. Do...

All HSA members are welcome to attend and speak at HSAs Annual Convention in Vancouver April 15-17, 2010, at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. Only delegates, however, receive financial support to attend, and have the right to vote at convention. For chapters with 49 or fewer members, the HSA chief steward is the sole delegate. If the chief steward is not...

International Womens Day: When our mothers entered the workforce a generation ago, job postings still listed higher wages for men ... -mens rates" ... alongside lower -womens rates," for people working side by side, doing exactly the same job. While women have fought for and achieved many significant gains, the wage gap between women and men today remains staggering: almost...

May 4th at the Italian Cultural Centre, Vancouver Shoppers Home Health Care and WorkSafeBC are hosting this half-day hands-on workshop for directors of care, floor supervisors and trainers, care aides and other front line staff who provide direct patient care. Attendees will receive instruction from professional trainers on the use of ceiling and floor lifts and other transfer assist devices...

Last month, health services and support workers represented by HSA voted 91 per cent in favour of rejecting the tentative agreement reached between the bargaining associations lead union, BCGEU, and the provincial government.However, the BCGEU has announced today that the bargaining association as a whole has voted in favour of the contract. The tallied results indicate 76 per cent of...

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, four bursaries for part-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.orgCompleted application forms and transcripts must...

TO: OFFICERS AND EXECUTIVE COUNCIL Dear Sisters and Brothers: RE: IWD ... VANCOUVER RALLY AND CONFERENCE - MARCH 6, 2010 -WOMENS VOICES AT THE TABLE" A diverse group of community and labour women have been meeting to organize the large Vancouver community event for this years International Womens Day (IWD) celebration in Vancouver. This year, the IWD Rally at the...