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HSA Election Campaign School

April 10, 2019
HSA is offering a 1 day, non-partisan election campaign school for members who are interested in getting more involved with the upcoming federal election.   With general voting day set for October 21, 2019, political campaigns are quickly gearing up and many important issues will start to shape the national conversation on who is best to lead our country.  

HSA Convention wraps up, Avery re-elected as HSA president

April 9, 2019
Val Avery, a physiotherapist from Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria, was re-elected Friday at HSA’s annual 2019 Convention for another two-year term. “I have your backs. I am committed to working on your behalf, very diligently, day in and day out,” said Avery to delegates during her acceptance speech on April 5.  “We need to work together, and the more engaged members are in this union, the stronger we are going to be.”

Giddha re-elected to represent Region 7 members on Board of Directors

March 18, 2019
  Jas Giddha has been re-elected to serve a two-year term as a member of HSA’s Board of Directors, representing HSA members in Region 7 from several worksites, including Surrey Memorial, Peace Arch, Abbotsford, and Chilliwack Hospitals, and the Fraser Valley Centre for Child Development. Giddha is a medical radiation technologist at Surrey Memorial and Peace Arch Hospital, and has been involved in the union since graduating from Thompson Rivers University and starting as a casual in 2012.

Gibbons elected to represent Region 5 members on Board of Directors

March 18, 2019
  HSA members have elected Carla Gibbons to serve a two-year term on the union’s board of directors representing Region 5, which includes a number of worksites in the Lower Mainalnd, including BC Children’s and Women’s Hospital and the Vancouver Cancer Centre. A cytotechnologist at the Vancouver Cancer Centre, Gibbons has been active in the union and began volunteering as a steward in 2016.

Greenhalgh re-elected to represent Region 3 members on HSA Board of Directors

March 18, 2019
  Cheryl Greenhalgh has been re-elected to serve a two-year term as a member of the HSA’s Board of Directors, representing HSA members in Region 3 from several worksites spanning from Burnaby Hospital to Eagle Ridge Hospital and SHARE Community Services in the Tricities. Greenhalgh is a medical radiation technologist at Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster, where she serves as a steward, in addition to her role as the union’s Secretary Treasurer for the past two years.

Upcoming Spring 2019 HSA Workshops and Trainings: Basic Steward Training, OHS Steward Training & Supervisors in the Union

March 1, 2019
  Registration Information:Stewards and/or Supervisors may register by logging into My Events Registration. Workshops are listed under Steward Education events. Basic Steward Training (3 days) 

Update on Community Health low wage redress

February 28, 2019
One of the features of the new Community Health collective agreement that expires on March 31, 2022 is a $40 million fund for low wage redress. This is different than the comparability monies distributed in the agreement that expires March 31, 2019 because it will be applied to a greater number of positions. You can find the collective agreement language HERE on the first page under “Low Wage Redress.”

Join CoDev's solidarity delegation to Central America

February 28, 2019
HSA members have been invited by CoDevelopment (CoDev) Canada to participate in its 2019 Canadian delegation to Honduras and Nicaragua.

Update on Budget 2019

February 21, 2019
On Tuesday, February 19 the BC NDP government introduced Budget 2019. Following from the Throne Speech, the budget allows us to see the actual investments being made in critical program areas and the new initiatives government has prioritized for the coming year. Budget 2019 continued to build on the government’s focus on increasing affordability for families and strengthening health care and social services. There were a number of new programs and policies introduced worth highlighting: