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Good news for working people in BC

April 6, 2022
In a welcome move for people who are struggling with low wages and high prices, the government of BC announced changes to make it easier for people to form a union.  “Single-step union certification” allows people a simple and effective way to form a union if at least 55% choose to do so. It addresses the difficulties that workers have experienced in organizing unions since the multi-stage system was imposed in 2001, and replaces it with a process that automatically certifies a union that achieves a majority of support.

HSA nurses eligible for college fee reimbursement: Details on how to apply to HSA by June 30, 2022

April 6, 2022
HSA’s Registered Psychiatric Nurses and Registered Nurses are again eligible for partial reimbursement of fees paid to the BC College of Nurses and Midwives (BCCNM).

Amendments To BC Paid Sick Leave End Exclusion of Some Union Workers

April 5, 2022
Amendments to BC paid sick leave end exclusion of some union workers   Following a strong push by advocates for workers’ rights, including HSA, the BC government made changes to the Employment Standards Act effective Jan. 1, 2022 to provide five paid sick leave days for all working British Columbians.   A feature in the legislation, however, excluded some workers covered by collective agreements to the minimum entitlement.  

All HSA members invited to watch proceedings of annual convention April 28-30; register to receive the webstream link by April 11

April 1, 2022
This year, HSA will be offering a video stream of the proceedings of Convention 2022 to allow all HSA members the opportunity to tune in to observe registered delegates debate resolutions forwarded from HSA chapters across the province, and set the union’s course for the coming year at the union’s 51st annual convention being held April 28-30 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Vancouver. 

McLeod elected to represent Region 8 members on HSA Board of Directors

March 31, 2022
HSA members have elected Heath McLeod to serve a two-year term on the union’s board of directors representing Region 8, which includes a number of worksites in Kelowna, Kamloops, and Thompson-Okanagan.

Thomson elected to represent Region 4 members on HSA Board of Directors

March 31, 2022
HSA members have elected Alexandra Thomson to serve a two-year term on the union’s board of directors representing Region 4, which includes a number of worksites in the Lower Mainland including Vancouver, UBC, and Richmond Hospitals, GF Strong, and Dogwood Lodge.

HSA Communications & Conflict Resolution Workshop - June 1, 2022

March 31, 2022
Communications and Conflict Resolution Workshop DATE: June 1, 2022TIME: 9:00 am to 4:30 pmLOCATION: HSA Office - 180 East Columbia Street, New Westminster, BC Workshop Description:

HSA Virtual Workshop - Sex Work and Human Trafficking - June 7, 2022

March 31, 2022
Sex Work and Human TraffickingAn HSA Virtual Diversity Workshop HSA is pleased to offer this one-day virtual workshop facilitated by Kerry Porth and Alison Clancey from Living in Community.   DATE: June 7, 2022

Resolutions to 2022 HSA Annual Convention now available

March 28, 2022
With HSA’s Annual Convention just over a month away, resolutions submitted by HSA chapters from around the province and reviewed and approved by the union’s Resolutions Committee are now available for review on the HSA website.

Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace - Level One – Mental Health and the CSA Standard

March 24, 2022
Date: May 26, 2022Time:  9 am to 4:30 pmLocation: HSA Office, 180 East Columbia Street, New Westminster