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March 31: Rally For Health Care

March 24, 2015
On March 31st, communities across the country are rallying to call for federal leadership on health care. Last year, the Federal Government let the Health Accord expire. Without an Accord, there is no agreement between Ottawa and the provinces to ensure equal access, proper funding, and high standards for health care in Canada. The provinces are asking for a new Accord, but the federal government is refusing to discuss a new deal.

PHSA lab redesign update March 20

March 20, 2015
The employer cancelled this week's meeting due to illnesses. We expect to meet with them again shortly, and will keep you posted. Background

2020 vision

March 17, 2015
HSA REPORT, MARCH 2015 What does your union do well? what do you think HSA needs to improve? what should it look like in 2020?

Why it makes sense to vote YES

March 16, 2015
HSA Report, March 2015 The BC Federation of Labour is encouraging union members and all Metro Vancouver residents to vote yes in the upcoming spring transit referendum.

Does the federal government even care about health care?

March 15, 2015
HSA REPORT, MARCH 2015 BY CAROL RIVIERE, HSA COMMUNICATIONS The results of the 2015 federal election will have a critical impact on many issues, but none more so than health care.

Notice of Pharmacare changes that may impact coverage

March 13, 2015
Pacific Blue Cross has circulated a bulletin explaining changes which may affect the Pharmacare coverage for some members. Please read the full memo to see if this affects you. The changes take effect April 1. You can contact Pacific Blue Cross with any questions at 604 419-2600 or 1-888-275-4672 (toll-free).

Erica Kang, dietitian

March 13, 2015
HSA REPORT, MARCH 2015 BY LAURA BUSHEIKIN For many cancer patients, getting enough to eat is a challenge.

Update on the 37.5 hour work week

March 12, 2015
HSA REPORT, MARCH 2015 The 37.5 hour work week first took effect on September 1, 2013, and over the course of that fall HSA filed a significant number of grievances on behalf of members impacted by the implementation. In the 18 months since then, a lot has happened.

Time to take benefits of early child care seriously

March 12, 2015
Photo by Leif Norman HSA REPORT, MARCH 2015 ChildCare 2020 was the first national child care policy conference in a decade and the fourth such conference in Canada's history.

Joint Benefit Trust under construction

March 11, 2015
HSA REPORT, MARCH 2015 BY DENNIS BLATCHFORD, HSA PENSIONS AND BENEFITS ADVOCATE Can members expect to see changes in our health and welfare benefits through the new health and welfare trust? It would be good to have additional services like dietitians added to the extended health portion of the plan.