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New Occupational Health and Safety Regulations in force today

April 3, 2017
On December 14, 2016 the Workers Compensation Board of Directors approved changes to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation.  These changes seek to improve Joint Health and Safety Committee (JOSH) involvement in workplace safety and empower worker representatives in investigations and recommendations for improvement in health and safety. Effective today, April 3, 2017, the following changes will be in full force:

Christopherson re-elected to serve on HSA Board of Directors

March 22, 2017
John Christopherson has been elected to serve a two-year term as a member of HSA’s Board of Directors, representing HSA members in Region 5 from several worksites, including Children’s and Women’s Hospital, Vancouver and Fraser Valley Cancer Centres, Sunny Hill Health Centre, Open Door Group, and the Centre for Ability.

Giddha elected to serve on HSA Board of Directors

March 22, 2017
Jas Giddha has been elected to serve a two-year term as a member of HSA’s Board of Directors, representing HSA members in Region 7 from several worksites, including Surrey Memorial, Peace Arch, Abbotsford, and Chilliwack Hospitals, and the Fraser Valley Centre for Child Development. Giddha is a medical radiation technologist at Surrey Memorial and Peace Arch Hospital, and has been involved in the union since graduating from Thompson Rivers University and starting as a casual in 2012.

Supreme Court of BC rejects BC Nurses' Union application

March 6, 2017
Yesterday, the Supreme Court of BC dismissed an application from the BC Nurses’ Union (BCNU) for judicial review related to their failed raid application on Registered Psychiatric Nurses (RPNs) at Royal Inland Hospital in 2014. In a judicial review, a Supreme Court judge reviews the decision that has been made by an administrative tribunal, in this case the Labour Relations Board (LRB).

Core Organizer Training for HSA Members

March 2, 2017
The Health Sciences Association has partnered with Organize BC to host their interactive two-day core organizer training on March 18 & 19. We have a limited number of no-cost spaces for HSA members to attend. This training is designed for members interested in grassroots engagement in their union activism and social change work. More information on the training curriculum is included below.

Avery speaks out on budget's failure to address wait lists driven by shortages

February 27, 2017
"Buildings and equipment don't treat patients. Health professional treat patients." HSA President Val Avery went live on CFAX last week to talk about how the provincial budget failed to do anything for people waiting on long wait lists for health care.

Provincial budget fails to address health care wait times

February 21, 2017
Immediate Release  Health Sciences Association of BC says today’s provincial budget fails to help the thousands of British Columbians affected by long health care wait times. HSA represents 17,000 highly trained specialists working in diagnostic MRI, sonography and lab testing, physiotherapy, social work, radiation therapy, pharmacy and many other health science professions.

Government rejects joint call by unions and employers for competitive wage for sonographers

February 7, 2017
The BC Liberal government has rejected a call for immediate action to address the critical shortage of sonographers in BC by providing them with a competitive wage.

Government response to recommendations to address sonographer shortages

February 7, 2017
The HSPBA/HEABC Recruitment and Retention Committee last reported that it had  submitted its Report and Recommendations concerning the sonographer shortage to the Ministry of Health (MoH) and the Public Sector Employers’ Council Secretariat (PSEC), in accordance with the parties’ mandate under the Memorandum of Understanding that created the Committee during the last round of bargaining.

BC Federation of Labour supports Vancouver women’s march set for Saturday

January 19, 2017
The BC Federation of Labour is lending its support to the planned Women’s March in Vancouver on Saturday, January 21, the day after the inauguration of US President Donald Trump, and HSA members are encouraged to participate. The event starts at 10:00 am in the Jack Poole Plaza at Canada Place. Participants will march by both the US consulate at 1075 West Pender, and the Trump Tower complex at 1151 West Georgia Street.