News & Updates

Over the next few months, various organizations will be offering election campaign training. HSA members may apply for Political Action Fund support to attend election campaign training which is: a) non-partisan; b) is offered by labour organizations with which HSA is affiliated ; orc) is offered by political parties that meet all 4 of HSAs criteria, by demonstrating support for...

Are you a woman considering either running for elected office, or working in a key position in a future election campaign? If so, then the Canadian Women Voters Congress Women's Campaign School is for you. Dates: October 19 & 20, 2012 Location: SFU Surrey, BCThe Canadian Women Voters Congress is a nonpartisan, grass roots organization, dedicated to encouraging Canadian women...

For 50 years the Labour College of Canada has been a catalyst for leadership in the labour and social justice movements in Canada. Today, it offers a four-week Intensive Program of post-secondary learning for active union members who want to enhance their leadership Please click here for information. Please note that the deadline for application is November 5, 2012.

Vancouver Sun The B.C. government has reached a tentative two-year agreement with the province's nurses, Health Minister Margaret MacDiarmid announced Wednesday. "This is the result of some very hard work on both sides of the table," MacDiarmid said Wednesday as she announced the tentative deal. "Within the two-year agreement we have come to there is a modest compensation increase and...

The Nurses Bargaining Association has reached a tentative agreement with health employers on a new provincial contract that addresses members key concerns ... providing safe patient care and addressing workload through safe staffing, enhancing job security and improving compensation.The tentative deal was reached in a very tough fiscal climate, with the provincial government insisting on its cooperative gains mandate for...

HSA, on behalf of the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association (HSPBA), has achieved a significant win in the continuing dispute regarding the application of interim classification modifications which affect reporting relationships and rates of pay. The interim measures were tied to the work of the Joint Classification Committee (JCC) negotiated in the 2010-2012 collective agreement and do not stand alone.Yesterday...

Fall 2012 Basic Steward Training Stewards play a vital role in the union. Particularly important is the stewards role in contract interpretation, organizing and the grievance procedure. In recognition of the need for educating new stewards in these areas, HSA is offering a 3-day Basic Steward Training workshop at the HSA office this fall: Dates: November 5, 6, 7, 2012Location...

Job action in Community Social Services is likely in the coming weeks, unless the government mandate regarding monetary issues changes significantly. BCs Minister of Finance, Mike de Jong, made a pessimistic pronouncement about the state of the provinces finances last week, indicating the deficit is on the rise and costs have to be contained. In the governments quarterly financial update...

HSA is profiling the hard work of members with a series of TV, print and on line ads running September and October. -The public will be seeing a great deal of our members this fall," said HSA President Reid Johnson. -Since the beginning of September weve been running online ads to celebrate our support for Run for the Cure and...

Please see the attached poster for information on a rally organized by the B.C. Federation Of Labours Womens Rights Committee and the Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada to oppose motion M-312. This motion, put forward by Conservative MP Stephen Woodworth, is up for a second hour of debate Friday, September 21st at 1:30 pm and a vote on Wednesday, September...