News & Updates

BL10072 HSA is preparing for the next round of contract negotiations between the Nurses' Bargaining Association and the Health Employers Association of B.C. The current provincial collective agreement expires March 31, 2006. All HSA registered psychiatric nurses will receive a questionnaire in the mail. The survey is designed to identify working conditions and members' bargaining priorities. HSA's RPN Bargaining Focus...

Direct employees of health authorities, including all HSA members, will have access to work in the event that HEU members in a first contract dispute with Sodexho erect picket lines. Each of the worksites affected has been designated locations where picketing is allowed, and access is guaranteed to ensure 100 per cent levels of service by direct employees of the...

HSA is offering three one day workshops this fall: Dates: Saturday, October 29, 2005 Vancouver, HSA Office Saturday, November 5, 2005 Kelowna, Coast Capri Saturday, November 19, 2005 Nanaimo, Bastion Inn HSA members who work in a supervisory capacity will have the opportunity to attend a one-day workshop organized by HSA in Vancouver, Kelowna or Nanaimo. Supervisors have particular concerns...

HSA today received notice that the Hospital Employees' Union has issued 72-hour strike notice against Sodexho. The parties have been bargaining for a first collective agreement since March 11. The earliest potential for job action is Thursday, Sept. 15. Because of orders issued by the Labour Relations Board, HSA and other union members will not be affected by picket lines...

BL10069 Delegates to HSAs Fall Regional Meetings will elect representatives to a bargaining proposal conference this winter for members covered by the Paramedical Professional Bargaining Association contract. Any member covered by the PPBA contract may run for a delegate position. Members do not have to be a delegate to the regional meeting to put their names forward for consideration as...

BL10067 Labour Day is not just another holiday, and HSA is encouraging all members to remember the struggles of working people before us that have helped achieve things like the 40-hour work week, minimum wage, and protection from occupational hazards this weekend. In the Lower Mainland, the BC Federation of Labour is holding a Labour Day rally in support of...

Members encouraged to get involved in upcoming municipal and federal elections With province-wide local elections on November 19th, and a federal election expected early in the New Year, HSA is once again offering a two-day, non-partisan campaign school to members who are planning to work on a campaign or run for office. HSA members worked on the recent provincial election...

The Report: August / September 2005 vol.26 num.4 by CAROLE PEARSON sk most people what the fastest growing disease in the world is, and you would get a variety of responses. Douglas Wang Educator / Coordinator, chronic respiratory rehabilitation program Chilliwack General Hospital Douglas Wang knows the answer to that question, and he is working at Chilliwack General Hospital to...

The Report: August / September 2005 vol.26 num.4 by LAURA BUSHEIKIN rowing old, losing our health, needing care, and facing death ... these end-of-life passages await us all. We all fear to be seen as a burden and hope to be treated with compassion and dignity. Luckily for many elders and their families, compassion and respect for dignity are abundant...

The Report: August / September 2005 vol.26 num.4 by SARAH OLEARY I have developed neck and shoulder pain that I feel sure is the result of the repetitive actions required by my work. I put in a claim to the WCB. I understand that they will be getting records from my doctor. Can they do that without my permission? The...