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Bargaining Update #4: Health Science Professionals

October 26, 2018
Negotiating teams head back into talks next week to continue bargaining for a new collective agreement for the province’s 18,000 health science professionals working in hospitals and communities around the province. The bargaining teams have been working solidly in the three weeks since the last update to members, and significant progress is being made at the table on a number of issues. Next week, the focus shifts to workload and shortages solutions, finding effective strategies for ensuring occupational health and safety, and optimizing benefit provisions 

Equal Voice Canada seeking young women for parliament

October 26, 2018
Are you or do you know a young woman who is an emerging leader? Equal Voice Canada wants you. Equal Voice invites young women, ages 18 to 23, from across the country to apply to be one of 338 dynamic and diverse emerging leaders who will be in session in Canada’s Parliament April 2019 with Daughters of the Vote. One participant from every federal riding in Canada will be chosen to represent her community and vision for Canada. 

Investing in people is investing in health care and social services, HSA tells provincial budget committee

October 11, 2018
HSA President Val Avery presented to the provincial legislature’s Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services this week, and urged government to invest wisely in the people who deliver the health care and social services British Columbians rely on. “The provincial government’s promising and ambitious new health care directions will require health human resources planning for health science professionals, and should not be limited to one or two professions, such as nursing and medicine where the greatest focus remains,” Avery told the committee.

Solidarity for Everyone - An HSA Diversity Workshop - Registration now Open

September 27, 2018
Solidarity for EveryoneAn HSA Diversity Workshop   DATE: Wednesday, November 14, 2018TIME: 8:30 am to 4:00 pmLOCATION: HSA Head Office - 180 East Columbia Street, New Westminster, BC Solidarity Includes Everyone: Transgender people and your union.  

HSA Basic Steward/OH&S Training Dates 2019 - Registration now OPEN

September 11, 2018
HSA Basic Steward/OH&S Training Dates 2019 Registration Information: Stewards may register by logging into My Events Registration. Workshops are listed under Steward Education events.  Basic Steward Training

Contract negotiations for BC’s health science professionals get underway this week

September 10, 2018
Bargaining for a new collective agreement for BC’s 18,000 health science professionals working in hospitals and communities throughout the province gets underway this week as bargaining representatives for the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association (HSPBA) and Health Employers’ Association of BC (HEABC) are set to begin contract negotiations tomorrow in Vancouver.

Fall panel events: Remembering BC's largest political protest

September 10, 2018
Join the BC Labour Heritage Centre in its exploration of the pivotal 1983 Solidarity Movement, described as the largest political protest in BC's history.  This fall, consider attending two exciting events taking place at the Anvil Centre in New Westminster as part of the Solidarity 35 project: "It Seemed Anything was Possible" film screening and panel discussionThurs. Oct. 4, 7pmFeaturing a screening of the 1984 film Common Cause. 

Lower Mainland - MPP Seminars - HSA Office

September 7, 2018
Register for pension seminars for HSA members Thanks to popular demand HSA is offering multiple Municipal Pension Plan seminars scheduled as follows:

New $3-million professional development fund to help address health science professions shortages in BC

September 4, 2018
  The Health Sciences Association of BC is pleased to announce a new $3-million professional development fund aimed at supporting members of the health care team 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 is available to health science professionals who work under the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association collective agreement.

Community social service workers ratify three-year agreement, includes wage increases and significant money for low wage redress

August 27, 2018
Community social service workers have voted by 85.7 per cent in favour to ratify a new collective agreement that provides significant compensation increases for workers in this sector, while meeting the government mandate of improving the services British Columbians count on.