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Convention 2018: deadline for resolutions is February 9

December 19, 2017
HSA members will soon be preparing for the 2018 HSA Convention, to be held April 27 and 28, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Vancouver.   Convention is the union's annual meeting where chapter representatives from around the province determine the union's future direction. The union’s policies, actions and structure are all discussed, debated, and voted on at convention. Any changes to the constitution must be by resolution, and must pass by a two-thirds majority of those voting at the annual convention to pass.  

Nominations Now Open for HSA Board of Director Elections

December 18, 2017
 Nominations Now Open for HSA Board of Director Elections Nominations are now open for regional director elections in Regions 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10.  This is an excellent opportunity for members to contribute to the leadership of the union and to represent the interest of other members. HSA’s Board of Directors is comprised of 10 regional directors elected by members in the regions, and the president, who is elected every two years by delegates to the union’s convention.

HSA Social Justice Day Workshop - February 19, 2018

December 14, 2017
  Social Justice Day – a one-day workshop  

Scholarship Opportunities Available Through HSA

November 28, 2017
Applications for all Scholarships and Bursaries can be found on the HSA website under Member Benefits – Scholarships and Bursaries  HSA Aboriginal ScholarshipEligibility:

HSA Region 1 Supervisors in the Union Workshop - In Nanaimo

November 9, 2017
HSA Region 1 Supervisors! You are invited to an HSA Supervisors in the union workshop in Nanaimo DATE:  Thursday, November 30, 2017TIME:  9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (breakfast served at 8:30 am)PLACE:  Best Western Dorchester Hotel - 70 Church Street, NanaimoROOM:  Stratford Room  Summary:

Tell the Fair Wages Commission it is Time for $15/hr in BC

November 8, 2017
After years of fighting for a $15/hr minimum wage in BC, we are getting closer.  People across BC did the hard work necessary to put a $15/hr minimum wage on the agenda. But there is one more step to end poverty wages in BC.  

Survey on precarious work in the community social services sector

November 8, 2017
Are you affected by precarious work – employment that is insecure, unprotected, lacking in regular work and/or benefits, and that cannot support a family?   Your union – Health Sciences Association of BC (HSA) -- , the Community Social Services Bargaining Association (CSSBA), and the Community Social Services Employers’ Association (CSSEA) are working together to study the extent of precarious work in your sector.  

HSPBA Bargaining Proposal deadline next Friday

November 7, 2017
HSA stewards are reminded that the deadline for receiving bargaining proposals from chapters is Friday, November 17, 2017.   If you have not yet scheduled a meeting to allow members to discuss and vote on proposals to be considered at the union’s Bargaining Proposal Conference in December, please schedule a meeting as soon as possible in order to be able to give members an opportunity to submit and vote on the priority for bargaining proposals.  

Community social service workers appreciation day

November 6, 2017
Ottawa (6 Nov. 2017) — November 6, 2017, is the 10th annual Community Social Service Workers Appreciation Day. This Appreciation Day was started by the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) to recognize the work done by community service workers. It’s an opportunity to recognize a group of workers whose work is crucial to the well-being of many Canadians.