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Join the telephone town hall on HSPBA agreement Thursday

November 29, 2013
HSA will hold a telephone town hall meeting on Thursday, December 5, to update members on the tentative agreement reached earlier this month. The phone call is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. PST and will last an hour. You will have an opportunity to hear from your negotiators and ask and hear questions and answers about the contract. It's easy. You just have to be at home at 7 p.m., and you will be connected to the call.

John Christopherson elected HSA Region 5 Director

November 28, 2013
John Christopherson has been elected as the Regional Director to represent members from Region 5 on the HSA Board of Directors. Christopherson is a counsellor at the Vancouver Cancer Centre. He has served as an assistant chief steward, as a Constituency Liaison, and as a Member-at-Large and on many union committees, including most recently the Occupational Health and Safety Committee. He also served on the HSPBA Bargaining Committee in 2010. The term expires at the end of the 2015 HSA Convention in Vancouver.

End the raid: Revoke your UPN or BCNU membership card today

November 27, 2013
Registered psychiatric nurses represented by HSA have a lot of questions about pressure tactics currently employed by the BC Nurses Union and the Union of Psychiatric Nurses. Both BCNU and UPN have recently pressured members already represented by HSA, and we've been getting questions about whether it's possible to cancel these memberships. The deadline is now

Information meetings on HSPBA tentative agreement

November 26, 2013
All HSA members covered by the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association will shortly receive an information package, ballot, and instructions for how to vote by mail. In the meantime, HSA is organizing a series of information meetings. Upcoming information meetings More meetings are being planned; check this site for updates.

Read the tentative agreement for health science professionals

November 18, 2013
HSA Chief Stewards met in Vancouver today to discuss the tentative agreement reached for health science professionals. Stewards also gathered to discuss the negotiations on September 19. The complete tentative agreement is now available here:

Derrick Hoyt elected HSA Region 2 Director

November 18, 2013
Derrick Hoyt has been elected as the Regional Director to represent members from Region 2 on the HSA Board of Directors. Hoyt is Pathologist Assistant at Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria. For 25 years, He has served in many roles as an active union member, including as a Member at Large and Steward. The byelection was required when Region 2 regional director Val Avery was named HSA President in September. Hoyt will serve on the board until the end of the term, which expires at the end of the 2014 HSA Convention in Vancouver.  

Health science professionals reach five-year tentative agreement with provincial government

November 13, 2013
Stewards for health science professionals met in September to discuss the contract negotiations Ratification vote to be held by mail-in ballot The Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association has reached a tentative agreement for the 17,000 health science professionals delivering modern health care in BC's hospitals and communities.

2014 Canadian Labour Congress WINTER SCHOOL

November 8, 2013
One of Canada's best labour schools, held at Harrison Hot Springs, in January and February 2014 The CLC Winter School offers a wide variety of week-long, quality labour oriented courses. To support HSA's ability to represent HSA members effectively and help build a stronger union, members can apply to take courses chosen to meet these objectives.

2014 Basic Steward Training and Basic OH&S Steward Training

November 7, 2013
2014 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 four 3-day Basic Steward Training workshops at the HSA office as follows - Dates: January 13 – 15, 2014               February 3 – 5, 2014               February 24 – 26, 2014               March 10 – 12, 2014 Location: HSA Office, 300 – 5118 Joyce Street, Vancouver

November 6 is Community Social Services Appreciation Day

November 6, 2013
HSA joins other unions across Canada today in recognizing the dedication and professionalism of the workers in community living group homes and day programs, shelters, and supported housing; sexual assault centres, transition houses, and victims' services; infant development programs and child care centres; and the diverse array of programs that provide counselling, rehabilitation, recreation, employment training, outreach, advocacy and referral services.