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Celebrate International Women's Day in Victoria

February 20, 2008
The Canadian Labour Congress hosts an International Women's Day lunch Saturday March 8 featuring guest speakers Denise Savoie, NDP Member of Parliament and Stephanie Seaman BCGEU and Coalition of Child Care Advocates of BC board member. See further details.

Canadians being kept in dark about privatization

February 20, 2008
Canadians are being kept in the dark about developments that threaten the integrity and viability of Medicare, the Canadian Health Coalition charged today. See news release.

Provincial budget fails BC patients

February 19, 2008
The 2008 provincial budget fails to address the needs of BC patients, Reid Johnson, President of the Health Sciences Association of B.C. charged. -The budget demonstrates the government has no plan to address the key challenge in BCs health care system ... human resources planning," Johnson said. -Furthermore, the most significant spending commitment made by the government today is to move toward a funding model that pits hospitals and health authorities against each other in competition for patient funding."

Additional steward workshop scheduled

February 19, 2008
Due to increased demand for steward training, HSA is offering the following workshop: Steward Training Level 1 (3-day workshop): April 28, 29 and 30, 2008 Please apply ASAP as workshops have been filling up quickly. Download Pre-registration form

Audit reveals surplus ‘bonus money for members in community social services

February 14, 2008
An audit has shown there is money remaining in the Early Incentive Bonus fund, negotiated by the Community Social Services Bargaining Association (CSSBA). This fund is a unique feature that applies only to the community social services sectoral agreements.  The CSSBA has the authority to determine what to do with this surplus. 

Throne speech fails to address critical shortages in health care

February 12, 2008
Critical shortages of health science professionals will continue to grow, thanks to the lack of planning exhibited by the BC Liberal government in the Speech from the Throne, HSA President Reid Johnson said today. -I had hoped todays plan from government would include some concrete steps toward real solutions to the growing crisis of shortages of highly skilled and specialized health science professionals in the public health care system," Johnson said.

HSA members return Joan Magee as Region 8 Director

February 8, 2008
Joan Magee, a laboratory technologist at Cariboo Memorial Hospital, has been acclaimed as the Region 8 representative on the HSA Board of Directors after the February 7th deadline passed with no further nominations. Joan is a charter member of HSA and has served as a chief steward at Cariboo Memorial Hospital in Williams Lake since 1996. As a Member-At-Large for Region 10, she served on the unions Education and Resolutions Committees.  She currently serves on the unions Occupational Health & Safety and Equality & Social Action Committees.

Three candidates running for Regional Director in Region 2

February 8, 2008
During the next several weeks, HSA members in Region 2 will have an opportunity to elect a new representative on the HSA Board of Directors.  Current Region 2 Director, Brian Isberg, announced last year that he would not be seeking re-election. Nominations for the position closed on February 7th with three members declaring their candidacy: Val Avery, a physiotherapist at Royal Jubilee Hospital, Derrick Hoyt, a pathologists assistant at Royal Jubilee Hospital, and Anna Morton, a social worker at the Queen Alexandra Centre for Childrens Health.

HSA members return Agnes Jackman as Region 4 Director

February 8, 2008
Agnes Jackman, a physiotherapist at George Pearson Rehabilitation Centre, has been acclaimed as the Region 4 representative on the HSA Board of Directors after the February 7th deadline passed with no further nominations. Agnes has been an HSA member since 1973, when she started working as a physical therapist at Vancouver General Hospital. She was active in her professional association from 1977 to 1992 and has served as a union steward at the George Pearson Centre since the late 1990s. 

HSA members return Rachel Tutte as Region 6 Director

February 8, 2008
Rachel Tutte, a physiotherapist at Holy Family Hospital has been acclaimed as the Region 6 representative on the HSA Board of Directors after the February 7th deadline passed with no further nominations. Rachel has been a member of HSA since 1986 when she started work at St. Marys Hospital in New Westminster. She soon became active in the union as a steward.  Rachel currently serves on HSAs Education, Political Action and Resolutions Committees, and is an active constituency liaison.