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Protect patients and clients from virus by protecting yourself, HSA tells members

September 24, 2009
The Health Sciences Association of BC (HSA) today released a report by an environmental health expert that recommends a high standard of personal protective equipment use by health care workers to minimize the spread of the deadly H1N1 virus.

Please -Brown Bag your Lunch" on Friday, September 25

September 24, 2009
USW members of Local 2009 are fighting for a fair collective agreement with Compass Canada. The members are amongst the lowest paid workers in the health care sector and are fighting for equality with other workers doing the same work. Compass is not negotiating with the union at this time and need the support of their colleagues at Royal Columbian Hospital and Peace Arch Hospital to achieve a fair contract from Compass Canada.

November 15: last deadline for HSPBA Bill 29 Education Fund for HSA Members

September 23, 2009
Notice to HSA members of the Health Science Professional Bargaining Association: From February 2008 to date, the HSPBA Bill 29 Education Fund has provided bursaries to more than 600 HSA members, supporting education ranging from one-day professional development courses to Masters and PhD programs. This funding arose out of the unions negotiated settlement flowing from the Supreme Court of Canada decision that certain sections of Bill 29 were unconstitutional. This was one-time funding.

Slashing support for children is no way to balance budgets: HSA

September 23, 2009
HSA President Reid Johnson -Government spin wont help autistic children and their families," Health Sciences Association of BC (HSA) President Reid Johnson said today in response to a massive government cut in support for autistic children across British Columbia.

Please -Brown Bag your Lunch" on Thursday September 24

September 23, 2009
USW members of Local 2009 are fighting for a fair collectiveagreement with Compass Canada. The members areamongst the lowest paid workers in the health care sectorand are fighting for equality with other workers doing thesame work. Compass is not negotiating with the union at this time and need the support of their colleagues at Surrey Memorial Hospital to achieve a fair contract from Compass Canada.

What health care workers should know about the H1N1 pandemic

September 20, 2009
The World Health Organization has declared a world H1N1 flu pandemic. It is uncertain how serious this pandemic will be in terms of how many people infected will be severely affected. However, because H1N1 is a new virus, many people may have little or no immunity against it, and illness may be more severe and widespread as a result. In addition, there is currently no vaccine to protect against this virus, although recent reports indicate that one should be available by October.

March and rally to support BC's ambulance paramedics tomorrow

September 17, 2009
British Columbia's Ambulance Paramedics - members of CUPE Local 873 - are still fighting for a fair contract. Please join them tomorrow - Friday,  September 18 - for a march and rally in Richmond, BC  and show your support for their struggle with the Campbell government. Marchers will assemble on the Elmbridge Way sidewalk at the north side of the Sheraton Airport Inn (formerly the Best Western Richmond) located at 7551 Westminster Highway just West of Minoru Blvd. 

IHA cuts services to seniors, children

September 16, 2009
Citing budget cuts, the Interior Health Authority has eliminated crucial services for vulnerable residents in the Kootenays. Golden Hospitals speech language pathologist will leave at the end of September, leaving neurological patients, speech-delayed children and stroke and surgery patients without the critical support they need. Meanwhile, the recreation therapist at Talarico Place in Castlegar has been laid off and recreation therapy services at Boundary Hospital in Grand Forks have been halved.

HSA kicks off annual fall regional meetings for union activists

September 14, 2009
Kimball Finigan (radiation therapist, representing Region 5 on HSA's board of directors) chats with representatives from the Centre for Ability in Vancouver.

Countdown is on to October 4 Run for the Cure

September 10, 2009
As BC leaders in the fight to end breast cancer, the Health Sciences Association of BC is an active participant in the annual Run for the Cure, the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation's most important fundraising event of the year. As health sciences professionals, HSA members are the key health professionals breast cancer patients count on for the diagnosis and treatment of, and rehabilition from breast cancer.