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REMINDER: Nominations open for David Bland Memorial Award

February 16, 2011
Six years ago, in 2005, David Bland, a vocational rehabilitation counsellor and HSA member from Richmond Mental Health, was murdered at his workplace by a former client.  His tragic death served as a sombre reminder that more needs to be done to prevent incidents of violence in the workplace and to protect health care ands social services workers on the job. 

Community social services bargaining: special meeting for SHARE members

February 15, 2011
TO:  HSA Members at SHARE Family & Community ServicesFROM:  Sharon Geoghegan, HSADATE:  February 15, 2011 As you are aware, negotiations with community social service employers broke off in December.

Additional member meetings in Campbell River and Courtenay

February 14, 2011
As you are aware, negotiations with community social service employers broke off in December. At this time of uncertainty, job cuts, and layoffs, employment security demands are the best opportunity we have to protect jobs and vital public community services. Yet the Community Social Services Employers Association (CSSEA) is asking for concessions at the bargaining table and refuse to discuss employment security or improvements to your working conditions. There is no money for wages or benefits improvements.

Community social services: members meet to discuss next steps to secure a fair deal

February 11, 2011
In recent weeks, HSA members working in community social services have been attending membership meetings across the province to discuss next steps in their efforts to secure a fair collective agreement. The meetings were scheduled by the multi-union Community Social Services Bargaining Association (CSSBA) in response to the current impasse at the bargaining table, where employers have refused to consider solutions to a range of problems affecting workers and the critical services they provide.

Health information management: Lower Mainland consolidation Q&A

February 10, 2011
The Health Sciences Association has developed a Q&A of frequently-asked questions regarding Health Information Management Lower Mainland consolidation. Please see the Q&A here: Q&A on Lower Mainland Health Information Management consolidation HSAs committee members on Health Information Management consolidation are as follows:

Government's refusal to address shortages of health science professionals leads to supply crisis for Interior Health Authority

February 7, 2011
BCs Interior Health Authority is paying thousands of dollars in additional costs to recruit ultrasound technologists from private, for-profit clinics to work in IHA hospitals because the government has refused to address a critical shortage of ultrasound technologists in BC, Reid Johnson, President of the Health Sciences Association of BC said today. -The governments failure to have an effective recruitment and retention strategy has resulted in a crisis that IHA is now scrambling to find a fix for."

Reminder: February 28, 2011 deadline for HSA Scholarships and Bursaries

February 3, 2011
HSA is offering scholarships and bursaries to all members and their children.  We will be awarding ten scholarships for full-time studies, twenty bursaries for full-time studies, four bursaries for part-time studies and two aboriginal scholarships. The criteria and details are set out on the application forms.  To obtain a copy please see the HSA website:

VIHA fails to protect health care staff; WorkSafeBC to issue fines

February 3, 2011
WorkSafeBC has issued nine separate orders at two Victoria-area mental health facilities criticizing the failure of Vancouver Island Health Authority (VIHA) to protect the safety of staff. -This is a staggering number of WorkSafeBC orders issued against one employer," said HSA President Reid Johnson. Johnson, who has worked on psychiatric wards as a social worker, said unstable psychiatric patients are often unable to restrain their violent behavior. Hospital management, he said, has to take responsibility for patient as well as staff safety.

Election to be held for Region 5 Director

February 1, 2011
During the next several weeks, HSA members in Region 5 will have an opportunity to elect their representative on HSAs Board of Directors. Nominations for the position closed on January 27th with two members declaring their candidacy: â€¢ Ramzan Anjum, a Medical Laboratory Technologist at BC Childrens Hospital in Vancouver; and • Kimball Finigan, a Radiation Therapist at the Vancouver Cancer Centre (BCCA).