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Apply now for community social service education funds

January 21, 2016
The Community Social Services Labour Adjustment and Education Fund Committee is calling for new applications from members working in the community social services sector. Applicants must:

Social Justice Day - one day workshop, Friday February 19

January 7, 2016
Educational Objective: To explore the issue of social justice and some of the efforts HSA and its partners are undertaking to bring about just conditions both locally and globally. Target Audience: All members interested in social justice. Workshop Goals:

PHSA lab redesign negotiations conclude

December 16, 2015
HSA, on behalf of the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association (HSPBA), has now concluded negotiations for a labour adjustment plan with PHSA . This labour adjustment plan will address the implementation of the PHSA laboratory technical leadership redesign in the most supportive and respectful manner for our laboratory technologists. Lab stewards and members have done an exemplary job at articulating concerns about the employer's redesign plan. It has resulted in no net loss of positions.

2016 Basic Steward Training

December 15, 2015
Stewards play a vital role in the union. Particularly important is the steward's role in contract interpretation, organizing and the grievance procedure. In recognition of the need for educating new stewards in these areas, HSA is offering four 3-day Basic Steward Training workshops at the HSA office as follows: Dates:  January 11–13, 2016 January 25-27, 2016 February 22–24, 2016 April 11-13, 2016 Location: HSA Office, 180 East Columbia Street, New Westminster

2016 Scholarships and bursaries available for HSA members and their families

December 9, 2015
HSA is offering scholarships and bursaries to all members and their children. Ten scholarships will be awarded for full-time studies, twenty bursaries for full-time studies and four bursaries for part-time studies. Two aboriginal bursaries will be awarded to aboriginal students in BC.

Vaccinate or mask policy continues in BC for flu season

November 19, 2015
With flu season around the corner, HSA members are reminded of the provincial influenza control policy in effect in BC. In spite of changes in other provinces, the flu prevention policy in BC has not changed, and health care workers who choose not to be vaccinated have options available to them, including wearing a surgical mask. Health care workers must report their vaccination status confidentially through an on-line form. FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

Many HSA members to receive additional pay increase

November 18, 2015
Starting with the first pay period after February 1, 2016, most HSA members can expect a pay hike of 0.45% over and above the 5.5% increase rolling out over the life of the current contract. This increase is the result of the Economic Stability Dividend, a feature of the current agreement which requires the government to increase negotiated wages as a portion of provincial economic growth when it exceeds official forecasts.

2016 HSA steward elections

November 6, 2015
Elections will be held during the coming few weeks to select members to fill the following HSA positions for the coming year: 1. Chief Steward2. Assistant Chief Steward3. General Stewards4. Occupational Health & Safety Stewards and5. Labour Council Delegates (for chapters that are, or wish to become, affiliated to their local labour council).

Revised Medical Information Form to be Used by All CSSEA Agencies Following Arbitrator Decision

November 5, 2015
An arbitrator has ordered employers to use a revised medical information form following a grievance filed by the union bargaining association that represents Community Social Services workers.   The new information form offers a balance between an employee’s right to privacy and an employer’s right to information.