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Scholarships and bursaries available for HSA members and their families

January 10, 2006
HSA is offering scholarships and bursaries to all members and their children. We will be awarding ten scholarships for full-time studies; ten bursaries for full-time studies; five bursaries for part-time studies and two aboriginal scholarships. The criteria and details are set out on the application forms. To obtain a copy please download the applications below or contact your chief steward who will have a copy of these forms.

Federal election advance voting

January 9, 2006
In the last federal election, more than a third of Canadians eligible to vote didn't. It was the worst voter turnout in Canada's history. HSA urges members to help reverse this trend. Your vote does make a difference - and the Members of Parliament you elect can have a huge impact on the health care and community social services that HSA members provide. Three days of advance voting will be held throughout BC, to help ensure voters can get to the polls:

LRB rules Biomedical Engineering Technologists to remain HSA members

January 6, 2006
   BL10090 Biomedical Engineering Technologists who maintain specialized hospital equipment at acute care hospitals across the province will continue to be represented by HSA, according to a review panel of the Labour Relations Board.

NUPGE 2006 scholarship opportunities for members

January 5, 2006
HSA is a component of NUPGE. Application deadline for all NUPGE Scholarships is June 30, 2006.

Reminder - HSA is offering courses

January 4, 2006
HSA is offering the following courses: 2006 Steward Training Level 1 (3-day workshops): January 30, 31 and February 1, 2006 (deadline for registration is January 9, 2006) February 13, 14, and 15, 2006 (deadline for registration is January 23, 2006) February 27, 28 and March 1, 2006 (deadline for registration is February 6, 2006 Pre-Registration Form - 2006 Steward Training Level 1

Canadian Women Voters Congress Womens Campaign School

January 4, 2006
Are you a woman considering either running for elected office, or working in a key position in a future election campaign? If so, then the 8th Annual Womens Campaign School is for you.

Safety Source Bulletin

December 20, 2005
News and information for HSA safety stewards.  Download bulletin as PDF

Prevention of Workplace Violence Workshop

December 19, 2005
As you know, all workers have a right to a safe work environment. Surveys consistently indicate that HSA members care about and are willing to become involved in health and safety issues. Unions have a significant role to play ensuring that our workplaces are safe. HSA takes a leadership role in the promotion of workplace safety through health and safety education initiatives for our membership, such as the Prevention of Workplace Violence Workshop. We urge you to talk to other Stewards, OH&S Stewards and interested members to encourage them to attend this workshop together.

2006 HSA Convention to be held April 6, 7, & 8, 2006 in Burnaby

December 8, 2005
The 2006 HSA Convention is just around the corner. Once again, delegates will have an opportunity to debate issues and help to determine the future direction of our union. All HSA members are welcome to attend and speak at the Convention, which will be held this year at the Hilton Vancouver Metrotown in Burnaby. However, only delegates have the right to vote.

Nominations open for Regional Director positions in Region 2, 4, 6, 8, & 10

December 8, 2005
This year Regional Director elections will take place in Regions 2, 4, 6, 8 & 10. All HSA members in these regions are encouraged to put their name forward for these important positions. Directors meet, on average, every six weeks and take an active leadership role in representing the union. They are reimbursed for the time they spend in official meetings at their own regular rate of pay. Part-time and casual members are reimbursed as if they were at work during the meetings they attend.