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Reminder:HSA offers scholarships forSummer Institute for Union Women

June 6, 2011
July 13 ... 17, 2011 - University of Victoria The BC Summer Institute for Union Women (SIUW) offers an intensive week of learning within a supportive environment in which union women can develop their skills as workers, activists and leaders.  Sponsored by the British Columbia Federation of Labour, the Institute will be held at the University of Victoria (UVIC).

Contract Interpretation: in the event of flooding

June 1, 2011
In recent weeks, many BC communities have experienced flood warnings or evacuation orders. What are your rights in the event of flooding? Q:  I work at a hospital that is subject to flooding if the river rises too high. My manager has told me that in the event of a flood, I may be relocated for my job. Can my employer do that?  A:  The River Forecast Centre of British Columbia has predicted that spring runoff could be higher than normal this year, and that there is potential for flooding in some communities.

BREATHTAKING: A Canadian Documentary directed by: Kathleen Mullen

June 1, 2011
The Silent Killer: Asbestos - It's in our homes, our schools, our hospitals - our lives. Date:  Thursday, June 16, 2011Time:  7:00pmPlace:  Fifth Avenue Cinemas, 2110 Burrard Street, Vancouver Tickets:  Open Seating - Admission by donation to Toxic Free Canada For more information, please contact Nina Hansen at 604.430.1421 or email

Community social service workers vote in favour of strike to back demands

May 30, 2011
Unions call on B.C. government and employers to protect community jobs and services Frontline community social services workers across British Columbia have given their bargaining committees a strike mandate of 85% in Community Living and 77% in General Services. The vote follows more than 18 months of protracted contract talks that broke down on March 30.

HSA conducting phone survey of members May 31-June 15

May 30, 2011
Beginning May 31, HSA is conducting a phone survey of members in communities around the province. The survey, which focuses on HSAs communications tools and practices, will be conducted by Viewpoints Research. Callers will contact members at random until 600 interviews are completed. Be assured that members will not be called during Canucks games! If you are called, please agree to participate. The survey will take approximately 15 minutes, and your views will help HSA plan improvements to The Report, our web site, e-mail bulletins, social media strategy and more.

Professional development: What are your priorities?

May 25, 2011
In the recently negotiated collective agreement covering health science professionals working in hospitals and communities around the province, a $450,000 professional development fund was established for use by members over the term of the collective agreement. Following ratification of the agreement, a joint committee of the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association (HSPBA) and Health Employers Association of BC (HEABC) was established to develop priorities and terms of reference for the fund.

Election underway for Region 8 Director

May 25, 2011
Four candidates have been nominated to run for Regional Director in Region 8.  A by-election was called following the resignation of Joan Magee as Region 8 Director.  The new Director will serve the remainder of Magees 2-year term, ending at the conclusion of HSAs 2012 convention. The 4 candidates seeking election are:

HSA offers scholarships for Summer Institute for Union Women

May 18, 2011
-Putting Women in Their Place ... in our Unions, in Politics and in our Communities" July 13 ... 17, 2011 - University of Victoria

Members sought to support HSA members in new enhanced disability management program

May 18, 2011
As of April 1, 2011, new language came into effect in the HSPBA and NBA collective agreements with respect to an Enhanced Disability Management Program (EDMP) designed to facilitate an employee-centred, pro-active, appropriate and customized disability management program for employees with occupational and non-occupational illness/injury. As a workplace based program, successful implementation of the EDMP requires designated union representatives who will play an active role in ensuring members realize the greatest benefit from this groundbreaking program.

BC Community Living Action Group marks 7th anniversary of Christy Clarks move to create CLBC, as unfulfilled promises leave vulnerable families, adults waiting

May 17, 2011
For immediate release Seven years ago, BC's Deputy Premier and Minister for Children & Families, Christy Clark, introduced legislation to establish Community Living BC, promising that the new authority would change the lives of people with developmental disabilities and their families for the better.