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HSA launches latest TV ad blitz

September 14, 2011
A new HSA TV ad will reach people living in every community in the province over the next month. The new ad, launched this week, will be run alongside the memorable HSA TV ad debuted last fall. -Were building on the success of last years TV campaign," said HSA President Reid Johnson. -For the first time in our history, HSA is telling our story by making a long-term commitment to reaching the huge audiences watching prime-time television on all the major channels."

One­‐time six million new funding inadequate to stem BCs community living crisis

September 14, 2011
The one-time,$6 million in new funding announced today for Community Living BC (CLBC) is inadequate to stem the crisis in support and funding faced by the families of adults with developmental disabilities, says the BC Community Living Action Group (BCCLAG). The six million dollars will provide support for a total 123 adults with developmental disabilities for one year, based on CLBCs average costs of $48,800 for providing supports and services per adult per year. HSA is a member of the Community Living Action Group.

Meeting to set contract objectives; this is your chance to have a say

September 13, 2011
With the Health Services and Support Community contract set to expire March 31, 2012, planning is underway to prepare bargaining priorities to present at the bargaining table. HSA stewards will be setting chapter meetings to be held by October 6, 2011 to discuss and develop bargaining proposals. All HSA members covered by the Health Services and Support Community collective agreement are urged to attend these chapter meetings. Your negotiating team needs your input.

New ads show HSA running for the cure

September 8, 2011
HSA has launched a province-wide ad campaign celebrating our members dedication to finding a cure both in their professions and at Run for the Cure events on October 2. -Our membership has always been incredibly dedicated to fighting breast cancer," says HSA President Reid Johnson. -They split their efforts between their professional work and volunteer events like Run for the Cure, and our new ads have a memorable way of showing it." The campaign reaches the public on several levels:

VIEW TENTATIVE AGREEMENT LANGUAGE, ratification meeting schedule: HSA Board of Directors recommends support for community social services deal

September 7, 2011
HSAs board of directors has voted to recommend members vote ‘yes in favour of the tentative collective agreement reached last month between the Community Social Services Union Bargaining Association of the Community Social Services Employers Association (CSSEA). The tentative agreement was supported unanimously by the multi-union bargaining committee, and was reached without third-party involvement for the first time in the sector's bargaining history.

$70 M budget lift needed immediately to stem community living crisis, halt growing safety risks and restore public confidence

September 1, 2011
The BC Community Living Action Group (BC‐CLAG) strongly urges Premier Christy Clark to act immediately to approve $70 million in new provincial funding to stem the provinces growing community living crisis. A BC‐CLAG analysis of Community Living BC (CLBC) projections shows that at least $70 million is needed immediately to address the existing support backlog. Each year, hundreds of youths with developmentaldisabilities reach the age of 19 and turn to CLBC as they age out of supports funded by the Ministry for Children and Families.

Farewell Jack

September 1, 2011
The Report: September 2011 vol.32 num.3 LIKE AN INCREDIBLE NUMBER OF CANADIANS, I felt a personal connection to Jack Layton. Of course we could count on him to stand up for the things that matter to our membership and all Canadians. In 2005, in spite of helming a caucus far smaller than the breakthrough group elected just a few months ago, he cannily forced the Liberal government to divert $4.6 billion in funding towards much-needed investments in education, public transit and affordable housing.

Nadia Gale - Artist in the laboratory

September 1, 2011
The Report: September 2011 vol.32 num.3 NADIA GALE AND HER COLLEAGUES SEE THE PERSON BEHIND THE TISSUE SAMPLE WHEN LABORATORY TECHNOLOGIST Nadia Gale heard shed won the Medical Technologist/ Technician Award for Continued Professional Development, conferred by the Canadian Association of Pathologists this spring, she was of course thrilled ... not just for herself, but for all laboratory technologists.

Are you affected by helicopter fumes?

September 1, 2011
The Report: September 2011 vol.32 num.3 STUDIES NOT CONCLUSIVE BUT HSA MEMBERS REPORT VARIETY OF SYMPTOMS BY MARTY LOVICK EVERY DAY, HELICOPTERS TAKE OFF AND LAND at worksites staffed by HSA members. The helicopters are a vital means of transport for the most critically sick and injured, but they are also a source of fumes which may be making staff themselves sick.

Violent incidents go underreported

September 1, 2011
The Report: September 2011 vol.32 num.3 SURVEY OF MEMBERS REVEAL SOME BELIEVE VIOLENCE IS PART OF THE JOB BY MARTY LOVICK -VIOLENCE", ACCORDING TO WORKSAFEBC regulation 4.27, is the attemped or actual exercise by a person, other than a worker, of any physical force so as to cause injury to a worker, and includes and threatening statements or behaviour which gives a worker reasonable cause to believe that he or she is at risk of injury.