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HSA welcomes today’s announcement that government will fund 37,000 more MRI scans in the public system during the coming year, compared to last year. BC has had the longest wait times for MRI in the country for several years, resulting in many patients paying for medically necessary scans at private clinics. Some of these patients then use these scans to...

Periods are a fact of life and menstruation products are a necessity. Nobody should have to pick between feeding their family and being able to afford basic hygiene products. Yet far too many people – especially those living in poverty – simply can’t afford them. “We know it is a struggle for food banks and community groups to collect menstruation...

Do you know someone who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in the area of occupational health and safety, improving the lives of their fellow HSA members? Consider nominating them for the David Bland Memorial Award. In 2005, David Bland was killed at his workplace by a former client. David worked as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counsellor at Richmond Mental Health. His tragic...

Hello all CSS HSA Members; CSSEA and CSSBA have agreed on the distribution of the April 1, 2018 Comparability and Classification Anomaly Wage Increases. The intention of the Comparability Adjustment is to close the wage gap with comparator classifications in Community Health. The detailed agreement and wage schedules is here. Thank you. Printer Friendly Version

New Island Health travel reimbursement policy violates HSPBA contract Policy raises barriers to reimbursement of work-related expenses HSA has filed a policy grievance with Island Health Authority for introducing a policy related to travel expenses that violates the collective agreement. IHA has updated its 2006 Travel policy for staff who are required to travel and/or use personal vehicles for work...

CoDevelopment Canada (CoDev), a BC-based non-governmental organization working for social change in the Americas, is inviting interested HSA members to travel with a learning delegation to Guatemala in March 2018 to meet with some of CoDev’s partner organizations supporting women in Guatemala, who face enormous economic and social challenges. The ten-day delegation is scheduled for March 17 to 26. Participants...

2018 HSA OH&S Conference Save the Date! Hello all HSA Stewards, EDMP reps, and JOHS Committee reps! The OH&S Conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Vancouver on June 4 and 5, 2018. The Conference is open to any member representing HSA members on a Joint Health and Safety Committee, OH&S Stewards and Alternates and EDMP Representatives...

Becoming a male ally for gender equity HSA’s Education Committee is pleased to offer a new workshop examining ways for men in the union to play an active role in supporting gender equity. Understanding power, privilege, and oppression is critical to fighting for equity, especially when one is part of a dominant group as the work is different based on...

Nominations Now Open for HSA Board of Director Elections Nominations are now open for regional director elections in Regions 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10. This is an excellent opportunity for members to contribute to the leadership of the union and to represent the interest of other members. HSA’s Board of Directors is comprised of 10 regional directors elected by...

Social Justice Day – a one-day workshop DATE: Monday, February 19, 2018 TIME: 8:30am – 4:30pm PLACE: HSA Head Office - 180 East Columbia St. New Westminster, BC HSA’s CESA Committee is pleased to host this event and invites members to register. There they will hear information on ongoing environmental justice campaigns with sister organizations and will be provided a...