2005: News Archive

HSA President Cindy Stewart joined other union leaders at a rally in Vancouver to support HEU and BCGEU members who are on strike for a first collective agreement with Sodexho. The 1,100 workers have been on strike since Sept. 15. The majority of the dietary, cleaning and other support services workers are paid $10.15 per hour. -We know the valuable...

Members encouraged to get involved in upcoming municipal and federal elections HSA and its members have become increasingly active politically. HSA members worked on the recent provincial election in unprecedented numbers. Many of these members attended one of the three campaign schools HSA offered during the past year. Feedback from these members emphasized the value of these campaign schools in...

Participate in the BC Conference Friday evening, October 28 & Saturday, October 29 In celebration of their twentieth anniversary, CoDevelopment Canada is organizing a two day conference as part of the national Make Poverty History Campaign. The goals of the Canadian campaign are straightforward: More and better aid Trade justice Cancel the debt End child poverty in Canada The vision...

As you know, all workers have a right to a safe work environment. Surveys consistently indicate that HSA members care about and are willing to become involved in health and safety issues. Unions have a significant role to play ensuring that our workplaces are safe. HSA takes a leadership role in the promotion of workplace safety through health and safety...

BL10072 HSA is preparing for the next round of contract negotiations between the Nurses' Bargaining Association and the Health Employers Association of B.C. The current provincial collective agreement expires March 31, 2006. All HSA registered psychiatric nurses will receive a questionnaire in the mail. The survey is designed to identify working conditions and members' bargaining priorities. HSA's RPN Bargaining Focus...

Direct employees of health authorities, including all HSA members, will have access to work in the event that HEU members in a first contract dispute with Sodexho erect picket lines. Each of the worksites affected has been designated locations where picketing is allowed, and access is guaranteed to ensure 100 per cent levels of service by direct employees of the...

HSA is offering three one day workshops this fall: Dates: Saturday, October 29, 2005 Vancouver, HSA Office Saturday, November 5, 2005 Kelowna, Coast Capri Saturday, November 19, 2005 Nanaimo, Bastion Inn HSA members who work in a supervisory capacity will have the opportunity to attend a one-day workshop organized by HSA in Vancouver, Kelowna or Nanaimo. Supervisors have particular concerns...

HSA today received notice that the Hospital Employees' Union has issued 72-hour strike notice against Sodexho. The parties have been bargaining for a first collective agreement since March 11. The earliest potential for job action is Thursday, Sept. 15. Because of orders issued by the Labour Relations Board, HSA and other union members will not be affected by picket lines...

BL10069 Delegates to HSAs Fall Regional Meetings will elect representatives to a bargaining proposal conference this winter for members covered by the Paramedical Professional Bargaining Association contract. Any member covered by the PPBA contract may run for a delegate position. Members do not have to be a delegate to the regional meeting to put their names forward for consideration as...

BL10067 Labour Day is not just another holiday, and HSA is encouraging all members to remember the struggles of working people before us that have helped achieve things like the 40-hour work week, minimum wage, and protection from occupational hazards this weekend. In the Lower Mainland, the BC Federation of Labour is holding a Labour Day rally in support of...