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Nominations open for HSA board members in Regions 1, 3, 5, 7, & 9

December 20, 2016
This year, Regional Director elections will take place in Regions 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9.  All HSA members in these regions are encouraged to put their name forward for these important positions.

Nominations open for HSA President

December 20, 2016
HSA’s 2017 Annual Convention will include an election for the position of president. The two-year term begins at the adjournment of the 2017 convention.  

Province proposes new college of diagnostic and therapeutic health professions

December 14, 2016
On Friday December 9, 2016, the provincial government announced a proposal to establish a new college of diagnostic and therapeutic health professions. Many HSA members would be included in the new college. Professional associations representing members from several health science professional disciplines have for several years advocated for a regulatory college or colleges to oversee their members’ practice.

Time off to run or work in provincial election

December 8, 2016
HSA support available to run or work in May 9, 2017 provincial election Printer-friendly bulletin for posting.

Politic Action Fund support for HSA members

December 7, 2016
Political Action Fund support for members to work on issue-based campaigns and attend political action training

Revised benchmarks for Community Social Services members

December 6, 2016
The Community Social Services Employers Association and Community Social Services Barganining Association Committee has been working jointly to determine necessary wage adjustments, which are scheduled for April 1, 2017 and April 1, 2018. The wage grids for 2017, including the Economic Stability Dividend and General Wage Increase, will be released shortly. The committee reviewed all 62 benchmarks and agreed to the following revisions. Revised Benchmarks(There are no changes to the grid levels)

Many members to receive small additional pay increase

November 30, 2016
Printer-friendly version. Starting with the first pay period after February 1, 2017, most HSA members can expect a pay increase of 0.35% over and above the 5.5% increase rolling out over the life of the current contract.

Urgent: Action needed as government changes affect your drug plan coverage

November 17, 2016
Important information about bc government changes that affect your drug coverage plan

HSA asking tough questions about recent attacks on RPNs

November 16, 2016
On Monday, the Vancouver Sun devoted front-page coverage to HSA's efforts to stop attacks on RPNs: http://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/violent-assaults-on-nurses-by-patients-continue-at-abbotsford-hospital

Vaccinate or mask policy continues in BC for flu season

November 2, 2016
With flu season around the corner, HSA members are reminded of the provincial influenza control policy in effect in BC. In spite of changes in other provinces, the flu prevention policy in BC has not changed, and health care workers who choose not to be vaccinated have options available to them, including wearing a surgical mask. Health care workers must report their vaccination status confidentially through an on-line form. FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS: