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Helping Children Cope: The Role of a Child Life Specialist in MRI

March 11, 2022
By Lisa Daechsel, HSA member “I don’t want to be strapped to the bed” “I’m scared of loud noises” “I hate needles” “There is no way my child can lay still for that long”These are just some of the things that I hear from children and families regarding MRI imaging. For many children and families, the MRI experience can create fear and anxiety. This is one example where the involvement of a child life specialist can be beneficial.

CBA Bargaining Update – Deeply disappointed by the employer’s initial wage proposal

March 9, 2022
The Health Employers’ Association of BC (HEABC) tabled their initial wage proposal for the Community Health agreement, and we are deeply disappointed. We need a significant investment in front-line workers to address the staffing crisis in community health and we won’t accept anything less.   We expect challenging monetary negotiations, but the last weeks of bargaining have shown us that when we stand together, with your support, we can achieve important improvements for our sector.  

CSS Bargaining Update – Five Weeks in

March 8, 2022
Last week was week five of negotiations between the Community Social Services Bargaining Association (CSSBA) and the Community Social Services Employers' Association (CSSEA).   Negotiations opened on Tuesday, March 1st by recognizing that March is Community Social Services Month, a time to honour and reflect on the important work that community social service professionals do for our social safety net and for communities.  

HSPBA Bargaining Update – Negotiations Begin

March 3, 2022
Bargaining for the new Health Science Professional collective agreement has begun.

NUPGE submission to Federal Budget 2022 consultation

March 1, 2022
In its submission to the federal government's consultation around Budget 2022 released this week, NUPGE (National Union of Generaland Public Employees Union) has pointed to the federal government's response to the COVID-19 pandemic as evidence that government has the capacity to improve public services.

Virtual Basic Steward Training - March 28-30, 2022

February 24, 2022
Virtual Basic Steward Training  Registration Information: Stewards may register by logging into My Events Registration. Workshops are listed under Steward Education events.   Virtual Basic Steward Training (three days in series)

Decolonization Two Day Virtual Workshop

February 22, 2022
HSA is pleased to offer another opportunity to attend this two-day workshop!  DATES:            April 5 & 6, 2022TIME:               9:00 am to 4:30 pmLOCATION:      Virtual – WebEx details to follow

CBA Bargaining Update - Pushing for solutions to the recruitment and retention crisis in bargaining talks

February 16, 2022
The Community Bargaining Association (CBA) tabled proposals last week as talks began with the Health Employers’ Association of BC (HEABC).   At this point in time, we are pushing to achieve non-monetary priorities that members identified as important measures to address the recruitment and retention crisis in the sector.   The employer has recognized that we share some common goals. They are aware of the dire situation caused by short-staffing and made worse by the pandemic.  

Three Candidates declared in election for Region 4 Representative on HSA Board of Directors; Online voting open March 12 to 27

February 15, 2022
Three candidates to represent HSA members who work in HSA Region 4 on the union’s board of directors will be on the ballot for the March 2022 Regional Director election. The three candidates in the election are Tammam El-Khodor, Joseph Sebastian, and Alexandra Thomson. Candidate statements will be included with voting credentials to be sent to members by email and are available on the HSA website. All members in the region with a personal email address on file with the union will receive voting credentials for online voting by email. 

Two Candidates declared in election for Region 8 Representative on HSA Board of Directors; Online voting open March 12 to 27

February 15, 2022
Two candidates to represent HSA members who work in HSA Region 8 on the union’s board of directors will be on the ballot for the March 2022 Regional Director election. The two candidates in the election are Cherylee Hylands and Heath McLeod Candidate statements will be included with voting credentials to be sent to members by email and are available on the HSA website. All members in the region with a personal email address on file with the union will receive voting credentials for online voting by email.