HSA in the News

B.C. nurses brought together under new legislation

April 15, 2013
  Health Minister Margaret MacDiarmid on Monday announced that new nursing legislation had been signed into law, bringing licensed practical nurses under the same bargaining structure as the B.C. Nurses’ Union.

Stop devaluing community social services; Continual program cuts hurt the most vulnerable

March 13, 2013
Vancouver Sun  By: Darryl Walker, Barry O'Neill and Bonnie Pearson And Reid Johnson

Rain can't dampen rally for hospital expansion

March 7, 2013
Penticton Herald  More than 100 people didn't let a light rain dampen their enthusiasm for the proposed $300-million expansion of Penticton Regional Hospital. The placard-waving crowd turned out for Wednesday's outdoor rally next to the hospital, reiterating previous calls for provincial government money for the project. Dozens of passing motorists honked their horns in support. The rally followed the recent provincial budget, which contained no designated funding towards a new ambulatory care tower at PRH.

Social service workers reach tentative deal

March 6, 2013
Times Colonist (Victoria)  Workers who care for some of the province's most vulnerable citizens have reached a tentative two-year deal with the B.C. government. The agreement calls for community social service workers to receive 1.5 per cent wage increases on April 1 and Jan. 1, 2014. In response to one of the unions' key demands, entry-level workers will get an additional 1.5 per cent hike on April 1. Union officials had complained that the starting wage in the sector had declined over the past decade to $15.54 an hour from $16.83 in 2002.

Disco dancing for men's program

February 26, 2013  The public is invited to disco dance for a good cause in Penticton on Thursday night. The South Okanagan Victim Assistance Society is holding SOVAS Goes Disco to benefit its financially challenged men's counselling program. “We are desperate for funding to keep this going,” said Amberlee Erdmann, resource development coordinator for SOVAS. “Our hope is the community comes together to support our men's counselling program by having a fun night.”

Making it right

February 2, 2013
Prince George Citizen The tentative deal between the Health Sciences Association of BC and the provincial government is set to run until March 2014, an incorrect date appeared in a story in Friday's Citizen. Also the union represents a number of medical professionals including lab and radiation technologists. An incorrect description of their job title appeared in the story.

Despite frustration, province inks new health deal

February 1, 2013
Prince George Citizen  Health science professionals will work longer hours, but get higher base pay, if a tentative deal announced Thursday is ratified.

Striking disability staff walk out; Community service workers getting paid a dollar per hour less than 11 years ago

February 1, 2013
Richmond News  Dozens of community social services workers, many from the Developmental Disabilities Association (DDA), went on a one-day strike Wednesday morning outside the DDA head office on Shell Road. DDA executive director Alanna Hendren was present and spoke to media and workers about the starting wages that are $15.54 an hour, down from $16.83 in 2002. "During a time when the cost of living has increased by 18 per cent, this has to change," said Hendren who added her and the board of directors have no input into pay levels.

Health Sciences Association to occupy new Sapperton building

January 30, 2013
New Westminster News Leader  Health Sciences Association of British Columbia, a union with 16,000 members, will be the anchor tenant in the Brewery District's third building. Wesgroup, the project's developer, has applied to the city for a development permit to build a two-storey 27,000 square foot building on the triangular slice of land where Brunette Avenue meets East Columbia Street.

Out on strike

January 24, 2013
The Daily Courier (Vernon) FRONT PAGE PHOTO Gary Nylander, The Vernon Daily Courier / About 70 employees of the Central Okanagan Child Development Centre, who are members of the Health Sciences Association, were off work Wednesday as part of rotating job action in B.C. The strikers were bolstered by students from Okanagan College's early childhood education program, who carried homemade signs as they waved at passing motorists along Bernard Avenue.