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BC Throne Speech focuses on affordability and services

February 13, 2018
HSA President Val Avery welcomed the new government’s first formal Throne Speech today, which focused on affordability for British Columbians and charting a course for change from the 16 years of the old government that saw support for BC families deteriorate dramatically. Highlights of the Throne Speech, which lays out the NDP government’s framework for the upcoming legislative session, include focusing on affordable childcare and housing as major priorities.

Nominations now open for the David Bland Memorial Award

February 6, 2018
Do you know someone who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in the area of occupational health and safety, improving the lives of their fellow HSA members? Consider nominating them for the David Bland Memorial Award. 

CSS HSA Members -Compensation Comparability Wage Increase effective April 1, 2018

February 6, 2018
Hello all CSS HSA Members; CSSEA and CSSBA have agreed on the distribution of the April 1, 2018 Comparability and Classification Anomaly Wage Increases. The intention of the Comparability Adjustment is to close the wage gap with comparator classifications in Community Health. The detailed agreement and wage schedules is here. Thank you.

NUPGE 2018 Scholarship opportunities for HSA members

January 26, 2018
The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is one of Canada's largest labour organizations with over 370,000 members.  HSA is a component of NUPGE. Each year, the 370,000-member National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) offers 5 scholarships of $1,500 each that reflect its pursuit of equal opportunity for workers.

Registration Now Open for HSA's International Women’s Day Workshop

January 19, 2018
HSA’s Women’s Committee is pleased to offer an opportunity to celebrate International Women’s Day by providing a two- day education workshop on March 8 and 9, 2018.

New Island Health travel reimbursement policy violates HSPBA Contract

January 15, 2018
New Island Health travel reimbursement policy violates HSPBA contractPolicy raises barriers to reimbursement of work-related expenses 

MSP premium reduction savings must be passed onto members, says HSPBA

January 15, 2018
The savings resulting from the 50 per cent reduction in Medical Services Plan premiums introduced by the BC government January 1, 2018 must be directed to employees, says Jeanne Meyers, HSA’s Executive Director of Legal and Labour Relations. Under the HSPBA collective agreement, employers pay 100 per cent of MSP benefits, representing a benefit negotiated on behalf of members. “Savings realized by employers by the reduction in premiums must be passed onto members, and not put into employers’ coffers,” Meyers said.

Guatemalan women’s organizations to be featured in March 2018 learning delegation led by CoDev Canada

January 3, 2018
CoDevelopment Canada (CoDev), a BC-based non-governmental organization working for social change in the Americas, is inviting interested HSA members to travel with a learning delegation to Guatemala in March 2018 to meet with some of CoDev’s partner organizations supporting women in Guatemala, who face enormous economic and social challenges. The ten-day delegation is scheduled for March 17 to 26. Participants are responsible for their own costs, estimated at $1300 to $1570, plus airfare. Applications are open until January 30, 2018.

HSA partners with BC Centre on Substance Use to support social work research fellowship in addiction care

December 21, 2017
Health Sciences Association of BC (HSABC) has partnered with the British Columbia Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU) to offer an Addiction Social Work Fellowship. As the leading union in providing multidisciplinary care services for British Columbians living with mental health and substance use challenges, HSA is committed to the professional development of health science professionals working in the field.

2018 HSA OH&S Conference - Save the Date! June 4-6, 2018

December 21, 2017
2018 HSA OH&S Conference Save the Date!   Hello all HSA Stewards, EDMP reps, and JOHS Committee reps!