News & Updates

In time for the posting of several new positions at the new Abbotsford Regional Hospital and Cancer Centre (ARHCC), set to open in September 2008, HSA and the Fraser Health Authority recently concluded negotiations to amend the Dovetailed Seniority List Agreement (DSLA) in the FHA. Prior to this agreement, there were two different lists for the FHA, one for Fraser...

Meeting of the Asian Canadian Labour Alliance Thursday, June 28 7:00 p.m. BCGEU HQ Auditorium 4911 Canada Way, Burnaby More information and printer-friendly poster.

Harmonization of Canada and Mexico with USA monetarily, militarily, and in other areas of administration including health care and labour standards. Are you ready for it? Is this what you want? Why is the Harper Government keeping quiet about SPP (Security and Prosperity Partnership Agreement), a process of deeper integration with the USA, which is quietly going ahead while you...

HSA members are welcome to a service Wednesday, June 20 to remember HSA activist Colya Kaminiarz. Wednesday, June 20th, 2007 from 2:45 to 4:15 p.m. at Vancouver General Hospital, Jim Pattison Pavilion 1st floor, Paetzold Meeting Rooms 1 and 2, 855 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver How to get there: Enter hospital from main entrance on 12th avenue at Jim Pattison...

Suzanne Bennett, regional director for HSA Region 1, has been elected by the HSA Board of Directors to serve as the unions vice-president.. The vice-president assumes the duties of the president at the presidents request or in the presidents absence and chairs the unions resolutions committee. Bennett is a youth addictions counsellor at the John Howard Society in Courtenay and...

The Supreme Court of Canada issued a landmark decision today, declaring sections of Bill 29 unconstitutional. The Supreme Court ruled that sections of the Bill amounted to -substantial interference with the unions ability to engage in collective bargaining." In the ruling, the Court throws out sections of Bill 29 and gives the provincial government 12 months to rectify the violations...

HSAs Committee for Equality and Social Action is encouraging members to help raise awareness about National Aboriginal Day, a day first proclaimed in 1996 as an annual occasion to recognize the diverse cultures and outstanding contributions to Canada of the First Nations, Inuit and Métis. This years sticker features the logo of the Sisters in Spirit project, which works to...

Many HSA members have questions about their rights and obligations in the event of a flood or other emergency. Click \"read more\" for a copy of HSA's Q&A on this topic which will appear in next month's issue of The Report.

The Report: June / July 2007 vol.28 num.3 by LAURA BUSHEIKIN ntonieta Xavier wants to talk about her injured right hand. Not to complain, even though the doctors say it is permanently damaged. Nor to brag, even though she successfully persevered with a challenging WCB claim, eventually winning on an appeal. No, Xavier, a community mental health worker with the...

The Report: June / July 2007 vol.28 num.3 by LAURA BUSHEIKIN ngela Bernaldez laughs good-naturedly when shes asked what, exactly,an orthoptist does. Clearly, she is used to meeting people who have noidea what this specialized profession is about. Bernaldez, who works at Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria, is one of approximately 150 orthoptists in Canada, and one of only two...