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Communication and Conflict Resolution Workshop

December 1, 2022
Date: January 23, 2023Time: 9am – 4:30pmLocation: Virtual via Webex

CBA Bargaining Update: Next steps on stalled negotiations

November 30, 2022
As reported last week, contract talks have broken off as of November 3. The current monetary offer by the Health Employers Association of BC is not sufficient to meet the core priorities established by the CBA bargaining committee. You can learn more here. It’s now important to hear from you so that your HSA representatives in discussions with the lead union can effectively advocate for your concerns. Here’s what happens next:  

CSS Bargaining Update: An update from your community social services bargaining association

November 29, 2022
The nine-union Community Social Services Bargaining Association (CSSBA) has not been back to the negotiations table since the last update that we shared with you in early November but we wanted to let you know what is happening with the negotiation of your new collective agreement in the Indigenous Services, General Services, and Community Living sub-sectors.

Andrew Duarte appointed HSA Region 1 Regional Director

November 27, 2022
Andrew Duarte, a Homeless Outreach and Prevention Counsellor at John Howard Society, has been appointed Regional Director to represent HSA members on the HSA Board of Directors. His appointment comes following the resignation of Becky Packer, who was unable to continue in the role for personal reasons. Packer also served as the union’s secretary-treasurer.

HSPBA Ratification: Schedule of Information Meetings on Proposed Contract

November 24, 2022
For almost 20 years, provincial governments in BC worked deliberately to drive down wages for specialized health professionals in BC. In many cases they succeeded, leaving health professionals earning some of the lowest wages relative to their colleagues across Canada. It was a misguided attempt to control health care costs; instead, it slowly undermined the health care system even before the pandemic created the current crisis of dire shortages and crushing workload.  

CBA Bargaining Update: Talks Break Off

November 24, 2022
A delegation from the constituent unions of the CBA met with HEABC and a representative of the Public Sector Employers’ Council Secretariat (PSEC) on November 3, 2022. It was our goal to impress upon PSEC that the CBA was unable to meet the core priorities we had established based on the monetary offer we have received. In particular we outlined the dramatic differences in compensation between CBA and FBA workers and the impact it has had, and will continue to have, on recruitment and retention in the CBA. 

Decolonization Workshop

November 23, 2022
HSA is pleased to offer another opportunity to attend this two-day workshop!  DATES:              January 25-26, 2023TIME:                 9:00 am to 4:30 pmLOCATION:      Virtual – WebEx details to follow

HSPBA Ratification: Information Package on the Tentative Agreement

November 21, 2022
For almost 20 years, provincial governments in BC worked deliberately to drive down wages for specialized health professionals in BC. In many cases they succeeded, leaving health professionals earning some of the lowest wages relative to their colleagues across Canada. It was a misguided attempt to control health care costs; instead, it slowly undermined the health care system even before the pandemic created the current crisis of dire shortages and crushing workload.   

HSA convention and elections 2023: important dates and deadlines

November 17, 2022
Preparations for HSA’s annual convention and biennial elections of President and Regional Directors are underway.  Please note these important dates and deadlines:   52nd Annual Convention The annual convention is where delegates from around the province set the policies and priorities for the union, and includes debate on resolutions submitted by HSA chapters across the province.

Nominations now open for HSA Regional Director elections – January 19 deadline

November 17, 2022
Nominations are now open for Regional Director elections in HSA Regions 1, 3, 5, 7, and 9. This is an excellent opportunity for members to serve on the HSA Board of Directors, contribute to the leadership of the union, and to represent the interests of other members. HSA’s Board of Directors comprises 10 Regional Directors elected by members from their region, and the President, who is elected every two years by delegates to the union’s convention.

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