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BC throne speech sends mixed signals in lead-up to public sector bargaining

October 4, 2011
HSA President Reid Johnson is not optimistic about media reports for a -new government mandate" for collective bargaining in 2012 after yesterdays Throne Speech from the BC government.

Sisters in Spirit vigils Oct 4

October 4, 2011
The sixth annual Sisters in Spirit Vigil will take place October 4 across Canada to honour murdered and missing Aboriginal women and their families.

Applications now available for professional development fund for HSA health science professionals

October 4, 2011
The 2010-2012 HSPBA collective agreement includes a Letter of Agreement ... Re: Professional Development Fund ... which provides for a $450,000 Professional Development Fund for use by all HSPBA members, including members represented by unions other than HSA, over the term of the collective agreement. The amount available to HSA members covered by the HSPBA contract is approximately $450,000, which includes HSAs portion of this fund plus Bill 29 funds that were approved but never claimed.

HSA Political Action Fund still available to support members in upcoming municipal election

October 4, 2011
HSA members throughout the province who are running for office or working in local government election campaigns this fall may apply to HSA for financial support from HSAs Political Action Fund. Municipal, Board of Education and Regional District elections

Running for the cure: HSA members make a difference

October 3, 2011
Hundreds of HSA members across the province participated in Sunday's Run for the Cure. HSA is a proud regional sponsor of the Run for the Cure. Send us your photos! If we use your photo on our website or in The Report magazine, we'll send you a gift package. Send your photos to

Why CETA is a bad idea for Canada

September 29, 2011
Canada and the European Union are negotiating a new Comprehensive Trade Agreement (CETA). This is a big deal for Canada, and so far, negotiations have been quietly taking place behind closed doors. If CETA is signed, it will:

Add your voice to the movement against the unfair server wage

September 28, 2011
Add your voice to the growing movement against the unfair server wage. When Christy Clark increased the minimum wage, she included everyone but servers. It's not fair and it's open to abuse. Under new legislation - restaurants can now pay servers less than minimum wage.  When minimum wage is finally increased to $10.25 - servers will make $1.25 below the minimum wage.

Sign Up for CoDevs Young Workers Delegation to Honduras and El Salvador! Nov 30th- Dec 9th, 2011

September 27, 2011
Are you a younger worker interested learning about global justice and solidarity?

Community Social Services Bargaining Association ratification vote extended

September 27, 2011
The lead union in the Community Social Services Bargaining Association, the BCGEU, has extended the deadline for ratification votes to take place on the proposed collective agreement reached last month. The bargaining committee unanimously recommended ratification of the agreement, and HSAs Board of Directors recommends HSA members support the terms of the agreement. Additional opportunities to vote on the tentative agreement have been scheduled as follows for HSA members covered by the CSSBA collective agreement:

HSA donates $5,000 to East Africa drought relief; individual donations matched by federal government

September 15, 2011
HSAs board of directors has voted to support the relief efforts in the face of the severe drought in South Somalia, which has caused the deaths of tens of thousands, mostly children, and continues to affect over 10 million people. The United Nations is currently mounting its largest relief effort ever to Eastern Africa in order to prevent the deaths of millions more.