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Dec. 6: National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

December 6, 2018
On Dec. 6, 1989, 14 women were murdered in a disturbing act of misogynist violence at École Polytechnique. Murdered by a man who claimed the act was “fighting feminism,” these women were targeted because they were pursuing engineering degrees, and the attacker believed these jobs should be performed only by men.

Deadline for resolutions to HSA Convention January 25, 2019

December 5, 2018
Preparations for HSA’s annual convention, where delegates representing members from throughout the province set goals, debate policies, and recommend actions for the union and its members to carry out for the year, are already underway.

Nurses Bargaining Association reaches tentative agreement

November 26, 2018
A tentative three-year agreement has been reached between the Nurses’ Bargaining Association (NBA) and the Health Employers Association of BC (HEABC). The tentative agreement addresses key priorities and protects nurses’ ability to provide safe, quality patient care.

Scholarships and bursaries available for HSA members and their families

November 21, 2018
   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 bursaries will be awarded to aboriginal students in BC.

Bargaining update: Nurses’ Bargaining Association

November 9, 2018
Several weeks since HSA’s representatives to the Nurses’ Bargaining Association (NBA) joined the NBA bargaining team in early contract talks with the Health Employers Association of BC (HEABC) to negotiate a new collective agreement, progress continues to be made. HSA’s representatives at the bargaining table, member Nicole McIntosh, a registered psychiatric nurse at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, and staff negotiator Alyson Warner report that they continue to focus on key priorities for HSA’s 1100 registered psychiatric nurses.

Apply now for an HSA Scholarship to the 2019 Canadian Labour Congress Winter School

November 1, 2018
2018 Canadian Labour Congress Winter School

Bargaining Update #4: Health Science Professionals

October 26, 2018
Negotiating teams head back into talks next week to continue bargaining for a new collective agreement for the province’s 18,000 health science professionals working in hospitals and communities around the province. The bargaining teams have been working solidly in the three weeks since the last update to members, and significant progress is being made at the table on a number of issues. Next week, the focus shifts to workload and shortages solutions, finding effective strategies for ensuring occupational health and safety, and optimizing benefit provisions 

Equal Voice Canada seeking young women for parliament

October 26, 2018
Are you or do you know a young woman who is an emerging leader? Equal Voice Canada wants you. Equal Voice invites young women, ages 18 to 23, from across the country to apply to be one of 338 dynamic and diverse emerging leaders who will be in session in Canada’s Parliament April 2019 with Daughters of the Vote. One participant from every federal riding in Canada will be chosen to represent her community and vision for Canada. 

Investing in people is investing in health care and social services, HSA tells provincial budget committee

October 11, 2018
HSA President Val Avery presented to the provincial legislature’s Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services this week, and urged government to invest wisely in the people who deliver the health care and social services British Columbians rely on. “The provincial government’s promising and ambitious new health care directions will require health human resources planning for health science professionals, and should not be limited to one or two professions, such as nursing and medicine where the greatest focus remains,” Avery told the committee.