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Scholarships and Bursaries - Updates and Approaching Deadlines

June 8, 2017
HSA offers and provides access to scholarships and bursaries to all members and their children throughout the year.  Please note below the announcement of a new scholarship, a reminder of approaching deadlines, and a reminder of an open call for an HSA scholarship. *New* CLC/UWCC POST-SECONDARY SCHOLARSHIP

Horgan pledges "I've got your back"

June 8, 2017
HSA REPORT MAGAZINE, JUNE 2017 BC NDP Leader John Horgan pledged to fight for public servants during a speech to HSA convention delegates in May. "The people in this room, and the people outside this room, who work every day for a living, have not had someone watching their back," said Horgan. "I will have your back, and I'll be fighting for you every step of the way."

Violence is pandemic among HSA members

June 6, 2017
HSA REPORT MAGAZINE, JUNE 2017 BY GERI GRIGGHSA OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY OFFICER On March 13, the Toronto Star printed an article calling the incidence of violence toward health and social services workers an epidemic. HSA disagrees. The incidents of violence occurring in all HSA worksites, without a common cause is a pandemic.

So we have a joint benefits trust. Now what?

June 6, 2017
HSA REPORT MAGAZINE, JUNE 2017 BY DENNIS BLATCHFORDHSA PENSIONS AND BENEFITS ADVOCATE I received HSA's recent clarification on payroll changes and the reference to members' long-term disability contributions now being directed to the new Joint Health Sciences Benefit Trust (JHSBT). Since the JHSBT is now receiving benefit contributions, I'm wondering what members might expect now.

2017 David Bland Award

June 4, 2017
CT TECHNOLOGIST KAREN HAMILTON AND X-RAY TECHNOLOGIST BRENDA HAUCK RECEIVE THE 2017 DAVID BLAND AWARD FROM REGION 7 DIRECTOR MARG BEDDIS. HSA REPORT MAGAZINE, JUNE 2017 Brenda Hauck, X ray technologist at Saanich Peninsula Hospital and Karen Hamilton, CT Technologist at Saanich Peninsula HospitaL, shared the 2017 David Bland Award.

Reminder to HSA RPNs: Submit receipts for 2017 college fees

June 1, 2017
HSA’s registered psychiatric nurses are reminded again that as a result of a settlement reached under the Nurses Bargaining Association, members may submit receipts for registration or renewal of their college fees as proof of eligibility for damages payment by the Nurses Bargaining Association. The damages that are being put toward the fees paid to the CRPNBC arise out of compensation paid by the employer for failure to implement the 2012 safe staffing provisions. 

Take time to vote

May 5, 2017
HSA members are urged to vote in the provincial election.  The outcome of this election will have a profound effect on your working conditions, the health care and community services you provide, and other public services that your families, friends and communities rely on.  Several ways to vote   The last 2 days of Advance Voting are May 5 and 6 from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (local time).  

Mental Health Workshop - May 11, 2017

May 1, 2017
Keynote: Working Together to Address Workplace Mental Health

HSA to mark April 28 National Day of Mourning

April 27, 2017
On Friday, April 28th, HSA President Val Avery will join leaders of the labour movement to honour workers killed or injured on the job with events across the country.

BC Nurses' Union withdraws raid application on Vernon Jubilee Members

April 27, 2017
The BC Nurses' Union has withdrawn its application to raid registered psychiatric nurses working at Vernon Jubilee Hospital. After RPN members of HSA had expressed a number of concerns about tactics being used by organizers from the Nurses' Union, HSA filed an unfair labour practice complaint with the BC Labour Relations Board. The LRB has ruled that the Nurses' Union is prohibited from making any further raid attempts at Vernon Jubilee Hospital for 22 months.