News & Updates

The Silent Killer: Asbestos - It's in our homes, our schools, our hospitals - our lives. Date: Thursday, June 16, 2011 Time: 7:00pm Place: Fifth Avenue Cinemas, 2110 Burrard Street, Vancouver Tickets: Open Seating - Admission by donation to Toxic Free Canada For more information, please contact Nina Hansen at 604.430.1421 or email @email Printer-friendly poster.

In recent weeks, many BC communities have experienced flood warnings or evacuation orders. What are your rights in the event of flooding? Q: I work at a hospital that is subject to flooding if the river rises too high. My manager has told me that in the event of a flood, I may be relocated for my job. Can my...

Vernon Morning Star Overcrowding at a hospital has potentially fatal consequences. It's not just a matter of discomfort and indignity. Health professionals are raising the alarm because we need to care for all patients thoroughly and quickly. But when a hospital is regularly forced to admit up to 29 per cent more patients than capacity - 44 more than the...

Beginning May 31, HSA is conducting a phone survey of members in communities around the province. The survey, which focuses on HSAs communications tools and practices, will be conducted by Viewpoints Research. Callers will contact members at random until 600 interviews are completed. Be assured that members will not be called during Canucks games! If you are called, please agree...

Unions call on B.C. government and employers to protect community jobs and services Frontline community social services workers across British Columbia have given their bargaining committees a strike mandate of 85% in Community Living and 77% in General Services. The vote follows more than 18 months of protracted contract talks that broke down on March 30. HSA spokesperson Josef Rieder...

Four candidates have been nominated to run for Regional Director in Region 8. A by-election was called following the resignation of Joan Magee as Region 8 Director. The new Director will serve the remainder of Magees 2-year term, ending at the conclusion of HSAs 2012 convention. The 4 candidates seeking election are: Cherylee Hale, Cardiology Technologist at Kelowna General Hospital...

In the recently negotiated collective agreement covering health science professionals working in hospitals and communities around the province, a $450,000 professional development fund was established for use by members over the term of the collective agreement.Following ratification of the agreement, a joint committee of the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association (HSPBA) and Health Employers Association of BC (HEABC) was established...

The Okanagan Saturday Hospital overcrowding has potentially fatal consequences. It's not just a matter of discomfort and indignity. Health professionals are raising the alarm because we need to care for all patients thoroughly and quickly. But when a hospital is regularly forced to admit up to 29 percent more patients than capacity - 44 more than the 148 beds at...

Penticton Herald Dear Editor: Overcrowding at a hospital has potentially fatal consequences. It's not just a matter of discomfort and indignity. Health professionals are raising the alarm because we need to care for all patients thoroughly and quickly. But when a hospital is regularly forced to admit up to 29 per cent more patients than capacity - 44 more than...

As of April 1, 2011, new language came into effect in the HSPBA and NBA collective agreements with respect to an Enhanced Disability Management Program (EDMP) designed to facilitate an employee-centred, pro-active, appropriate and customized disability management program for employees with occupational and non-occupational illness/injury. As a workplace based program, successful implementation of the EDMP requires designated union representatives who...