2020: News Archive

BC FEDERATION OF LABOUR NEWS RELEASE (Unceded Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh and Musqueam territories — Vancouver, BC) - The Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB)'s decision to presume COVID-19-related claims are workplace-related is a welcome step, the BC Federation of Labour said today. "It's good news that the Workers' Compensation Board has moved on this," BCFED president Laird Cronk said. "We're cautiously optimistic that...

RISING TOGETHER: WOMEN FOR A JUST ECONOMY Taking Stock & Resetting the Frame Thursday, July 23, 2020 at 4:30 p.m. PST An Invitation to a cross-country webinar from the Equal Pay Coalition On behalf of the Equal Pay Coalition and Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women (CRIAW), through the financial support of the Atkinson Foundation and Canadian Women's...

The dates have been set for HSA’s Annual Regional Meetings as British Columbia’s restart gets underway this summer. The meetings will be held through September and October, and will be held on a virtual platform. There will be no in-person Regional Meetings. Each HSA chapter is entitled to at least one delegate to participate with voice and vote in the...

HSA Unions Confronting White Supremacy Virtual Workshop Last month Health Minister Adrian Dix reported on racist actions of healthcare workers. HSA strongly condemns these actions and has made a commitment to provide access to educational opportunities on anti-racist issues. HSA has completed a survey that explored experiences of discrimination at work by racialized members and the results will be made...

BC Health Minister Hon. Adrian Dix joined HSA President Val Avery and HSA members on a special telephone town hall meeting on June 25, where HSA provided updates on the work being done on behalf of HSA members throughout the current pandemic. If you missed it, you can listen to the recording here.

HSA is now accepting applications for the 2020 Core Member Engagement Team. Applications are due on Friday, July 17 at 11:59 PM PST. Click here to learn more about the program and apply. Across Canada, public health care is being defunded and privatized while workers’ rights continue to face attacks from public and private sector employers. Now more than ever...

HSA members are invited to join a live and interactive telephone town hall event tomorrow evening – Thursday, June 25 at 7:00 pm (PST) . This is an opportunity for the union to update members on important information regarding COVID-19 policies and practices that affect your work, to report on the union’s plans for the coming months, and for members...

On National Indigenous Peoples Day, we’re asking you to share how you’re working to decolonize your workplace and ensure it is safe and welcoming to Indigenous peoples. Let us know in an email to: @email We remember that our union works and has members in unceded territories across the province. Our full territorial acknowledgement is here: https://bit.ly/2YePFFU And finally, if...

Val Avery, President of the Health Sciences Association of BC, strongly condemns the racist actions of health care workers reported by Health Minister Adrian Dix this morning. “I am appalled by the emerging allegations of racist behaviors by health care workers – the very people British Columbians turn to and trust in times of health crisis,” Avery said. "There is...

HSA’s Board of Directors has voted unanimously to waive the union’s policy on collecting union dues on all employment income to exclude employment income earned under the Temporary Pandemic Pay announced May 19. All HSA members working under the HSPBA, CBA, and NBA collective agreements will receive pandemic pay at a rate of $4 an hour on all straight hours...