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HSPBA Bargaining Update: Advancing proposals on central concerns

October 20, 2022
Since the resumption of negotiations at the end of September, the HSPBA Bargaining Committee has been working to advance measures to address recruitment, retention, shortage and workload issues which drive so many of the serious issues affecting the public health care system, the people who depend on it, and the professionals who keep it running.

Provincial Health Officer order restricting certain health care workers to working at a single site lifted in Vancouver Coastal Health Authority

October 20, 2022
Important information for HSA members affected by the order HSA has learned that a Provincial Health Officer order from April 2020 restricting health care workers from working at multiple sites was lifted in Vancouver Coastal Health Authority by an exemption issued by the local Medical Health Officer on July 7, 2022. The employer failed to inform the union of the change affecting health care workers at long-term care facilities, assisted living facilities, and provincial mental health facilities.

Provincial Health Officer order restricting certain health care workers to working at a single site during the COVID-19 pandemic coming to an end

October 20, 2022
Important information for HSA members affected by the order HEABC has announced that a Provincial Health Officer order from April 2020 restricting health care workers from working at multiple sites will be lifted effective January 1, 2023. The order affects health care workers at long-term care facilities, assisted living facilities, and provincial mental health facilities, and had an impact on provisions of the HSPBA collective agreement. An estimated 800 HSA members were affected.

2023 HSA Annual Convention set for April 19-21; Deadline for resolutions is February 3, 2023

October 14, 2022
HSA’s 52nd annual convention is set for Wednesday, April 19 to Friday, April 21, 2023 in Vancouver. The convention will be preceded by a full day of education workshops on Tuesday, April 18. Deadline for submitting resolutions for consideration at the April convention is Friday, Feb. 3, 2023. All resolutions must be voted on by members at local union chapter meetings before being submitted to the union office.

CSS Bargaining Update: Work continues as discussions pause

October 4, 2022
After returning to the negotiations table in mid-September, talks continued over wages and compensation with a focus on making gains in the areas that members have mandated the bargaining committee to achieve in this round of bargaining.   As it stands, the parties still do not agree on how to reach a tentative agreement that includes a fair and equitable compensation package, meaningful recognition and reconciliation for Indigenous workers, supporting psychologically safer and healthier workplaces and promoting equity, diversity and inclusion.  

HSA Welcomes BC Health Human Resources Plan

September 29, 2022
As health science professionals across the province continue to report critical staffing shortages, crushing workload, and increasing concern about how they can maintain a high standard of care for patients, HSA welcomes the introduction of a health human resources strategy today by Health Minister Adrian Dix and Advanced Education Minister Anne Kang. “HSA members have reached their breaking point. This action plan provides a promise that there is light at the end of the tunnel,” HSA President Kane Tse said.

CBA Bargaining Update: Employer frustrating efforts to address recruitment and retention, pay gap

September 29, 2022
Bargaining committee members, along with the committee members from other unions, have been bargaining for the last three weeks. Discussions are now on hold while we look at scheduling new dates, and we anticipate talks will resume in late October or early November.  

Workshop for young workers: How to support the journey towards reconciliation and allyship

September 28, 2022
DATE:              November 21, 2022 TIME:               9:00 am to 4:30 pm LOCATION:    Virtual via Webex

HSA wins $10 million settlement for health science professionals

September 28, 2022
Following a major victory by HSA, close to $10 million will be paid out to health sciences professionals covered by the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association (HSPBA) 2014-2019 collective agreement. HSA is the lead union in the HSPBA, which represents 20,000 specialized health professionals working in hospitals and communities across BC.  

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

September 27, 2022
In 2021, the Government of Canada declared September 30 the “National Day for Truth and Reconciliation”. The declaration responds to Truth and Reconciliation Call to Action No.