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Reid Johnson steps down as president of HSA

September 11, 2013
HSA's Board of Directors announces the resignation of President Reid Johnson effective today, September 11, 2013. As provided under the union's constitution, vice president Val Avery, a physiotherapist at Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria, steps in as the new president. An election will be held at the union's April 2014 annual convention.

RPNs not affected by voting ordered by Labour Relations Board

September 6, 2013
RPN members have expressed concern that an upcoming round of votes ordered by the Labour Relations Board will result in HSA members becoming members of another union. This is not the case. The votes will not involve RPNs, and to date, the Labour Relations Board has not given any indication that its decision will have any bearing on HSA's right to continue to represent RPN members. BACKGROUND

Members vote to accept four-year collective agreement at Paragon Orthotic Lab

August 6, 2013
HSA members at Paragon Orthotic Lab in Victoria, a manufacturer of custom footwear orthotics, have voted unanimously in favour of accepting a four-year collective agreement. Highlights of the agreement include wage increases equal to the cost of living, or a minimum of 2 per cent, in the third and fourth years of the agreement, in addition to increased benefit coverage in the third and fourth years of the agreement. The benefit coverage improvements include increases in dental coverage, as well as the introduction of eyeglass coverage for employees’ spouses.

HSA Political Action Fund available to support members in upcoming municipal by-elections

July 23, 2013
HSA members throughout the province who are running for office or working in upcoming municipal by-elections may apply to HSA for financial support from HSA's Political Action Fund. Municipal, Board of Education and Regional District elections 1. Members who are candidates in a civic election may apply for up to 5 days of wage replacement and/or up to $200 to cover approved personal expenses incurred to run for office.

Flu shot policy grievance heads to arbitration

July 8, 2013
A policy grievance arbitration over the unprecedented Influenza Control Program Policy introduced by the Health Employers' Association of BC (HEABC) last August will open tomorrow in Vancouver.

Make your HSA team the best it can be!

June 25, 2013
Fall 2013 Basic Steward Training 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: November 25 – 27, 2013 Location: HSA Office, 300 – 5118 Joyce Street, Vancouver

Help make your workplace safe!

June 25, 2013
2013 OH&S Basic Steward Training HSA is offering the following 2-day OH&S steward training workshops at the HSA office:

Help celebrate National Aboriginal Day

June 21, 2013
Ottawa (21 June 2011) - The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is pleased to encourage all members to join with Aboriginal Peoples and Canadians across the country in celebrating National Aboriginal Day on June 21. National Aboriginal Day is marked each year on the same date to honour the achievements of Aboriginal Peoples in all areas, including the arts, language, reverence for the land and spirituality.

Help the BC Health Coalition stop wheelchair fees for seniors

June 14, 2013
IF MOM CAN'T AFFORD A WHEELCHAIR, SHOULD SHE JUST STAY IN BED? Imagine if you or your loved one were living in a care facility and were unable to get out of your room and go down the hall to the dining room because you can't afford to buy or rent a wheelchair.

New Pharmacare coverage now in effect

June 14, 2013
Health Science Professional members of HSA are reminded that changes to extended health benefits coverage took effect on June 1st with the implementation of PharmaCare Tie-In.  As part of these changes, all HSP members should by now have received a BlueNet card. The BlueNet card direct-pay of eligible prescriptions when picking them up at the pharmacy instead of paying up front then submitting receipts for reimbursement.