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Advanced Steward Training October 21st and 22nd, 2019

August 13, 2019
HSA Advanced Steward Training  Registration Information: Stewards may register by logging into My Events Registration. Workshops will be listed under Steward Education events.   Location: HSA Office, 180 East Columbia Street, New Westminster CHIEF STEWARD AND ASSISTANT CHIEF STEWARD ADVANCED STEWARD TRAINING - OCTOBER 21, 2019

HSA calls on province to expand WorkSafe coverage

August 12, 2019
HSA is calling on the province to expand presumptive coverage to community social service and health care workers. Presumptive coverage means that when a mental health injury happens as a result of work, the worker is able to get workers' compensation without being forced to prove that work was the cause. Presumptive coverage eliminates some of the administrative and often stressful barriers an injured worker faces when filing a claim.  Would you like to help HSA promote this campaign? You can download our advocacy posters here:

Call for professional development fund applications

July 16, 2019
Apply now for HSA professional development funding for health science professionals Last fall, HSA announced a $3 million Professional Development Fund funded by the provincial government aimed at supporting health science professionals to undertake professional development to increase specialization, improve health care service to rural and remote areas of BC, and meet ongoing requirements for professional development.   The fund focuses on supporting professional development in three areas:

One step closer to stomping out period poverty

July 15, 2019
Last week the BC NDP government announced a $95 thousand grant for the United Way to research the full impact of period poverty on people and families. According to the government press release, the initial project will distribute free products through 12 community agencies around the province and collect critical information to ensure future policies are meeting the needs of people in our communities.

Developments in the benefit plan for heatlh science professionals

July 9, 2019
By Dennis Blatchford HSA’s pensions and benefits advocate answers common questions from HSA members.  Have there been any developments regarding my benefit plan, the Joint Health Sciences Benefit Trust (JHSBT)? Yes! I expect the JHSBT will soon launch a website giving members information and updates on their benefit plan going forward. The new website will be the main communication source for updates and reports on JHSBT developments.

How climate change affects public health, and what we can do about it

July 9, 2019
By Tim Lim Universal health care is an issue of national pride, shared among Canadians. Similarly, Canadians take pride in the beautiful nature encompassed in the country. Yet with recent climate change pressures – from hurricanes and floods to ravaging forest fires – the effects of climate change are threatening our ecosystems and becoming more intertwined with our daily health.

CMHA BC workers: Why we unionized

July 8, 2019

How lab workers addressed workload issues through coming together

July 5, 2019
By Jennifer Edgar, HSA member   I write to share what happened when union members at my worksite took action, with support from HSA, to address workload issues in our laboratory.

HSA Basic Steward/OH&S Training Dates - Fall 2019

June 28, 2019
  HSA BASIC STEWARD/OH&S TRAINING DATES - FALL 2019   Registration Information:

HSA Young Workers’ Advisory Group: Call for expressions of interest

June 27, 2019
Are you a young HSA member (35 and under) interested in increased young worker participation in the union?   The union’s board of directors is seeking members aged 35 and younger to get involved in a five-member Young Workers’ Advisory Group.   The Advisory Group’s purpose is to