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HSA Political Action Fund support for upcoming local government elections

June 25, 2014
HSA members throughout the province who are running for office or working in BC’s upcoming local government elections may apply for financial support from HSA’s Political Action Fund as follows:   1. Members who are candidates may apply for up to 10 days of wage replacement and/or up to $200 to cover approved personal expenses incurred to run for office.   

Important scheduling information meetings for HSA BMETs

June 23, 2014
 HSA will hold information meetings for Biomedical Engineering Technonologists (BMETs) this week and next to update members on the implementation of the 37.5 hour work-week and the introduction of evening shifts. The meetings are scheduled as follows. Members are invited to attend any of the three meetings. VANCOUVER: Thursday, June 26 6 – 8 p.m. Holiday Inn (Ballroom East),      711 West Broadway SURREY:

Make your HSA team the best it can be! Fall 2014 Basic Steward Training

May 29, 2014
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 a 3-day Basic Steward Training workshop at the HSA office this fall: Dates:  September 15, 16, 17Location:  HSA Office, 300 – 5118 Joyce Street, Vancouver

BC teachers forced onto picket lines next week

May 23, 2014
BC teachers will conduct rotating strikes beginning next week to back demands for a fair contract that puts students first. The union has provided advance notice of their picket action in order to ensure parents are able to make alternative arrangements. For information about the picketing in your school district, see here: http://www.bctf.ca/uploadedFiles/Public/Parents/RotatingStrikesMessageToParents.pdf

OH&S Conference

April 24, 2014
This conference is open to any HSA member representing the union on a Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committee.  Wage loss, travel and hotel costs will be covered according to HSA policies. On-line registration is open until midnight, Sunday, May 25 The proposed agenda is as follows: DAY 1:  Monday, June 16th

HSA set to represent registered psychiatric nurses at Nurses Bargaining Association contract talks

April 15, 2014
HSA will be at the bargaining table May 15 to represent the interests of registered psychiatric nurses as the Nurses Bargaining Association kicks off contract talks. HSA will be represented at the table by Larry Bryan, an RPN at Haro Park Centre and a member of the Provincial Occupational Health, Safety and Violence Prevention Committee, and a member of the Provincial Violence Prevention Curriculum Working Group. Also representing RPNs will be experienced negotiator Dani Demetlika, a senior labour relations officer at HSA. The contract expired March 31.

Arbitrators rule implementation of 37.5 hour work week inconsistent

April 11, 2014
Work needed to complete files to include in expedited hearing process Employers who failed to follow a fair and negotiated process for a transition to the 37.5 hour work week will have to start over, thanks to a decision by arbitrators Vince Ready and Corinn Bell.

Day of Mourning - April 28, 2014

April 2, 2014
Across Canada, April 28 has been designated the Day of Mourning, a time when workers, families, employers and others come together to remember those who have lost their lives to work-related incidents or occupational diseases.

Care providers and family members share stories at HSA mental health forum

April 1, 2014
HSA president Val Avery listens to Ingrid Sochting, an HSA member and chief psychologist for Richmond mental health outpatient services.   HSA marked yesterday's expiry of the Canadian Health Accord with a public forum on mental health services.

Arbitration makes progress on 37.5 hour week challenges

March 28, 2014
HSA, on behalf of the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association (HSPBA), recently met with employers March 10 to 12 to negotiate a resolution to the approximately 1500 grievances related to the 2013 transition to a 37.5 hour work week. Aided by veteran arbitrators Vince Ready and Corrine Bell, some progress was achieved.