News & Updates

The Health Sciences Association (HSA) is pleased to welcome 163 new members from the Reach Child and Youth Development Society, who voted 81 per cent to unionize. The BC Labour Relations Board counted and confirmed the vote today. The union’s newest members deliver a wide range of services for children and youth in Delta, Surrey, and Langley, and adds to...

Nominations are now open for Regional Director elections in HSA Regions 2, 4, 6, 8, and 10. This is an excellent opportunity for members to serve on the HSA Board of Directors, contribute to the leadership of the union, and to represent the interests of other members. HSA’s Board of Directors comprises 10 Regional Directors elected by members from their...

Constituency Liaison Workshop Be part of HSA’s non-partisan program focused on educating MLAs and Ministers about issues experienced throughout HSA. The issues we bring forward through the program are grounded in the experiences of you, HSA members. By joining the Constituency Liaison program, you are part of ensuring that all elected representatives, no matter what political party they represent, are...

Date: March 12-13, 2024 Time: 9am to 4:30pm workshop, one hour for lunch Location: Virtual via Zoom Supervisors were some of the founding members of HSA when the union was first organized, and HSA is unique in terms of the number of supervisors who are included in the union. This workshop is for HSA supervisors who want to learn more...

This one-day training session is for Lead Stewards and Assistant Lead Stewards. Priority access will be given to Lead and Assistant Lead Stewards that have never attended this workshop. As leaders in your chapter, you have some additional opportunities, responsibilities, and challenges. The goal of this workshop is to review your role in the union and your role as a...

Date : February 20, 2024 Time : 9am - 4:30pm Location : Virtual via Zoom HSA is pleased to have Vikki Reynolds return to facilitate this one-day workshop during which she will differentiate vicarious trauma and burn out from the spiritual and ethical pain that our work engenders when we are unable to provide dignity and social justice to the...

Date: February 13-14, 2024 Time: 9am-4:30pm Location: Virtual via Zoom How do health care and social services professionals begin to put a dent in the racial inequities that exist in our fields? Join us for a two-day anti-racism workshop and active learning session to explore how we can participate in anti-racist change in British Columbia's health care and social services...

Basic Steward Training (three-day workshop) Stewards play a vital role in the union. This workshop will teach new stewards the skills to enable them to serve confidently in their role. Workshop content includes the role of the steward, organizing your chapter, grievance handling, and basic contract interpretation. This workshop is the prerequisite for HSA’s Facing Management, Contract Interpretation, and Lead/Asst...

Applications are now being accepted for professional development funding, for eligible expenses commencing from April 1, 2023 to March 31, 2024 , to support HSA members who work under the Health Science Professionals Collective Agreement (HSPBA) and who are pursuing professional development. The continued funding was negotiated in the 2022-2025 collective agreement, with a $400,000 contribution to the fund each...

Have you submitted your professional fees fund application yet? While many HSA members have already been reimbursed for their 2023 professional fees, many other members still need to apply. Don’t miss out – the deadline for eligible receipts is December 31, 2023. This financial benefit was negotiated in last year’s round of HSPBA bargaining; all HSA members covered by the...