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President's Message: Vote for public services and an inclusive economy

October 21, 2020
By HSA President Val Avery Voting in our Provincial Election will take place this Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020. This is one year before our next fixed-date election, which would have been on Oct. 16, 2021. The reality is that – early election call or not -- this provincial election was always going to be held during the COVID-19 pandemic.

HSA calls again for access to appropriate PPE

October 16, 2020
With mounting evidence of aerosol transmission of SARS CoV-19, and the impact of that transmission on the health and safety of members , HSA has called on HEABC to ensure access to appropriate PPE is available, and reminds members of their right to conduct individual point of care assessments with every patient or client interaction in determining the appropriate level of PPE. See October 14 letter to HEABC here.

How unionizing transformed our workplace

October 15, 2020
By Zayn Wiwchar, HSA memberIn February and July of 2020, the Victoria branch staff of the Canadian Mental Health Association joined HSA and entered the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association (HSPBA) and the Community Bargaining Association (CBA) —a decision that has given me the opportunity to be a part of incredible changes in our office over the past year.

Practicing anti-racism as a health science professional

October 14, 2020
By Easter Tocol, HSA member  “Where are you from?  No, where are you really from?”    “I’m not a racist, I have so many friends of colour.”    “Well, shouldn’t all lives matter?”    These are just some of the racist microagressions that I hear every day in the workplace.  

The choice between joblessness and risky work

October 13, 2020
By Jill Slind, Co-chair of the HSA Young Workers' Advisory Group As a full-time permanent employee with a few years of seniority under my belt in my unionized position in HSA, I knew when going into BC’s Phase One in March that my job in the healthcare sector wasn’t likely on the line.

Childcare: No longer invisible

October 13, 2020
“Everybody depends on somebody who depends on childcare.” By Samantha Ponting, HSA Communications

Migrant Justice Virtual Workshop

October 8, 2020
HSA MIGRANT JUSTICE WORKSHOP  DATE: November 4, 2020TIME: 9:00 am to 4:00 pmLOCATION: Virtual – WebEx details to follow HSA is pleased to offer this one-day workshop facilitated by Byron Cruz, Sanctuary Health Collective and Migrant Rights Network.

Helping Our Communities During a Pandemic

October 7, 2020
As the COVID-19 pandemic took root in BC this spring, HSA members working as health science and community social service professionals were on the frontlines where they saw the immediate impacts of this pandemic.

HSA renews call for enhanced PPE for workers in vulnerable settings

October 7, 2020
HSA is again calling on employers to improve supply of personal protective equipment and preventative occupational health and safety measures for health care workers working through the COVID-19 pandemic.   In addition, all members are advised to ensure they have access to appropriate PPE, and to exercise their right to refuse unsafe work if the appropriate PPE is not provided.