News & Updates

The Great Canadian Railtour Company Ltd., operating as Rocky Mountaineer Vacations, has locked out members of Teamsters Local 31 as of June 21, 2011, affecting 109 on board attendants. The Teamsters are holding a rally in support of these workers, and welcome support from other union members and the community. Date: Thursday, July 7 Time: 4:00 pm Place: 1755 Cottrell...

FOI reveals that auditors failed to verify Copemans claims that there was no preferential treatment at its member-only primary care clinic. The BC Health Coalition is calling for an inquiry into the provincial governments ability to ensure that patients get fair access to physician services after it was discovered the Medical Services Commission (MSC) did not perform a test of...

Due to the recent lock-out by Canada Post of Canadian Union of Postal Workers members HSA has extended the deadline for Region 8 members to return their mail-in ballots to elect a new Region 8 Director. With the new deadline, ballots must be received at the HSA office by 3:00 pm on Friday, July 15 . Ballot envelopes received by...

Health Sciences Association of BC (HSA) is seeking an HSA member with a commitment to the unions partnership in the annual Run for the Cure to work as a -member mobilizer" to recruit HSA members to participate in the annual Run for the Cure against breast cancer, and in related fundraising activities. Attached please find a request for expressions of...

In keeping with a resolution passed by delegates at HSAs 2010 convention, HSA is encouraging members to vote -Yes" to extinguish the Harmonized Sales Tax in the current BC-wide referendum. The 2010 resolution directed HSA to take the following actions to oppose the HST: • inform HSA members about the potentially negative impact of the HST; • support community groups...

Please note this is a correction from last weeks bulletin (EB11-09) advertising the Basic OH&S Steward Training dates of October 18 & 19, the correct dates are: Basic OH&S Steward Training (2-day workshop): November 7 & 8, 2011 Please apply ASAP as workshops have been filling up quickly. Printer-friendly pdf. Pre-registration form: Basic OH&S Steward Training

July 13 - 17, 2011 - University of Victoria There is still room available for HSA members wanting to attend this years Summer Institute for Union Women. The BC Summer Institute for Union Women (SIUW) offers an intensive week of learning within a supportive environment in which union women can develop their skills as workers, activists and leaders. Sponsored by...

Essential service levels to be set by July 22 We are making steady progress in moving towards job action following the May 30 strike vote. Community Social Service workers are prevented from taking strike action until essential service levels have been set at every worksite across the province. For several months, your unions have been working to negotiate those essential...

Canadian Labour Congress President Ken Georgetti is calling for a return to the bargaining table so that locked-out postal workers can get back to work. http://www.canadianlabour.ca/national/news/ken-georgetti-writes-labour-… Visit the Canadian Union of Postal Workers' (CUPW) website for information on how to support locked-out postal workers.

Due to increased demand for steward training and OH&S steward training, HSA is offering the following workshops: Basic OH&S Steward Training (2-day workshop): Oct 19&20 NEW DATE: Nov 7 & 8, 2011 Basic Steward Training (3-day workshop): October 24 ... 26, 2011 Please apply ASAP as workshops have been filling up quickly. Pre-registration forms: Basic OH&S Steward Training Basic Steward...