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Community social service members ratify five year agreement

February 17, 2014
Agreement includes wage adjustments and pay increases Community social service workers have voted by 85 per cent in favour of ratifying a new collective agreement that includes wage adjustments and increases of up to 11.5 percent over five years. The new collective agreement will be in effect from April 1, 2014 until March 31, 2019. Community Living workers ratified the tentative agreement by 83 per cent. General Services ratified by 91 per cent, and Aboriginal Services ratified by 63 per cent.

Ayers to join HSA Board of Directors

February 14, 2014
Mandi Ayers, a lab technologist at Bulkley Valley District Hospital, will join the HSA Board of Directors in April 2014 as the Regional Director representing Region 10.

Reminder: Monday, March 10, 2014 - Deadline for Scholarships and Bursaries available for HSA members and their families

February 13, 2014
(deadline extended from original date of FebRUARY 28) 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 scholarships will be awarded to aboriginal students in BC.

Safety Update #3

February 6, 2014
In this issue: Domestic Violence Survey: Can Work Be Safe When Home Isn’t? 2014 OH&S Training Opportunities HSA Occupational Health and Safety Conference – June 16-17, 2014 Workplace Exposure Registry Domestic violence survey:  Can Work Be Safe When Home Isn’t? Have you completed your survey yet?

HSA's community health members ratify five-year agreement

February 4, 2014
Members of the multi-union Community Health Bargaining Association (CBA) – including almost 800 HSA members -- have voted 78.7% in favour of accepting a new collective agreement with the Health Employers’ Association of BC (HEABC). The five-year collective agreement expires on March 31, 2019 and covers over 15,000 union members working in community health across the province.

Apply now for Community Social Services education funds

January 31, 2014
The Community Social Services Labour Adjustment and Education Fund Committee is calling for new applications from members working in the community social services sector. If you were laid off as of April 1, 2011, have had a reduction in hours and are currently a union member covered by the Community Social Services Bargaining Association Collective Agreement OR

Members invited to visit and support maquila workers

January 28, 2014
Codevelopment Canada, a BC-based non-governmental organization working for social change in the Americas, is inviting interested HSA members to travel to Nicaragua and Honduras to meet with and celebrate the accomplishment of women's groups supporting maquila workers. The ten-day visit is scheduled for February 28 to March 9. Members are responsible for their own costs, estimated as $3500 to $4000.

Reminder: Get your vote in the mail

January 24, 2014

HSA members urged to participate in consultation to improve services for people with disabilities

January 24, 2014
The BC Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation is coordinating a consultation to determine how to remove barriers and increase accessibility for people with disabilities in British Columbia. The process includes a series of in-person community consultation sessions around the province scheduled from January 20 to the end of February.  Dates, locations and times are listed here.

Celebrating International Women's Day - Inspiring Change

January 23, 2014
Thursday March 6 and Friday March 7, 2014HSA Head office HSA invites women in our union to join us for two days of sharing to celebrate International Women’s Day.  HSA is providing the opportunity for members to participate in a workshop that combines attending IWD events and in-house HSA training.           Learn about:• the significance of International Women’s Day• women’s struggles and achievement• the history of women in politics and the labour movement