News & Updates

HSA reported on July 8, 2011 that the union and the employer had decided to ask arbitrator Vince Ready to assist the parties in resolving outstanding issues in the employers plans for the Lower Mainland consolidation of Health Information Management services, and to finalize a labour adjustment agreement. The two outstanding issues the parties were not able to resolve through...

Majority of essential service levels now established, remainder by August 5 After numerous delays, community social service workers in BC can expect job action to commence in August. The long process of determining what services will be maintained as essential during a strike is finally drawing to a close. Essential services levels have now been set at ninety-seven per cent...

The union and health employers have reached a labour adjustment plan to minimize the impact of the employers consolidation plan for pharmacy services in the Lower Mainland.The Health Science Professional Bargaining Associations pharmacy consolidation committee has been meeting with pharmacists across the Lower Mainland to hear concerns and ideas. The union ensured this input was a crucial part of the...

Join us on the MultiUnion Pride Float: Sunday, July 31, 2011 at 11:45Vancouver Pride is in the final year of a three-year theme.This year you - our Union Activists - will celebrate all you have accomplished and all you have liberated! For full details and a printer-friendly poster, click here.

HSA members throughout the province who are running for office or working in municipal or provincial election campaigns this fall may apply to HSA for financial support from HSAs Political Action Fund. Municipal, Board of Education and Regional District elections 1. Members who are candidates in a civic election may apply for up to 5 days of wage replacement and/or...

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. If you havent received your HST Referendum Voting Package yet, then you should contact Elections BC at 1-800-661-8683 (toll-free) to request a package. The deadline to request a voting package...

A by-election in Region 8 has resulted in members electing Allen Peters as their representative on the HSA Board of Directors. Allen is a medical imaging technologist at Nicola Valley General Hospital in Merritt. Allen is currently the chief steward at his worksite, and the HSA representative on the Interior Health Authority Violence and Aggression Committee. He previously served as...

Come learn about how you can support community social service workers, who are preparing for job action later this summer. HSA members will be on hand at the Surrey-Fleetwood neighbourhood picnic this weekend, talking to their neighbours about HSA and the struggle of the people who deliver the critical Community Social Services that help make our communities healthy. Those workers...

This years annual Run for the Cure, the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation's most important fundraiser, is Sunday, October 2.HSA has supported the run since 1997, and is one of three regional sponsors of the Run for the Cure. At every step from diagnosis to treatment and recovery, highly trained health science professionals use their expertise to help breast cancer patients.The...

As you are aware, HSA has been working to minimize the impact of the employers consolidation plan for health information management services in the Lower Mainland. Here are answers to frequently-asked questions. Q: I received my -transfer package" July 4, 2011. What happens if I dont fill out the forms in this package? HSA strongly encourages members to fill out...