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New province-wide policy provides greater protection for health care workers

November 6, 2020
The Ministry of Health has released an updated policy concerning the wearing of masks by workers, patients, and visitors in all health care facilities, programs, and services. The policy applies to all facilities and settings where health care services are provided, including outpatient clinics, as well as long term care and seniors assisted living facilities.   HSA members began to raise concerns as soon as the COVID pandemic emerged early this year.  

NUPGE rejects Canadian Labour Congress endorsement of Bill Morneau candidacy for OECD

November 5, 2020
The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) released a statement this week condemning the endorsement on behalf of the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) by President Hassan Yussuf of Bill Morneau's candidacy for the position of Secretary-General of the Organization of Economic Cooperation and develiopment (OECD). The endorsement was made in a joint statement with the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.

2021 Scholarships and bursaries available for HSA members and their families

November 3, 2020
  HSA is offering scholarships and bursaries to all members and their children.  Ten scholarships will be awarded for full-time studies, twenty bursaries for full-time studies and four bursaries for part-time studies.  Two indigenous bursaries will be awarded to indigenous students in BC. The criteria and details are set out on the application forms available on the HSA website.

2020 Annual Report Now Available

November 3, 2020
In preparation for the rescheduled 2020 Annual Convention, HSA's Annual Report is now available for all members to read at Featuring executive reports from HSA's President and Executive Director of Labour Relations and Legal Services, reports from HSA's committees,  and audited financial statements, the Annual Report provides members and the public with transparency and operational accountability.

Municipal Pension Plan Changes – New Resources for Plan Members

October 30, 2020
Following a comprehensive review of the Municipal Pension Plan, the pension plan for most HSA members, the Plan Partners – which includes employee and employer representatives who govern the jointly trusteed pension plan – have developed a package of proposed changes to update the plan.

Solidarity with AUPE

October 29, 2020
In Alberta, front-line hospital workers who are members of the Alberta Union of Public Employees (AUPE) walked off the job earlier this week in response to news that Alberta Health Services would be cutting 11,000 jobs. HSA has sent a letter of solidarity to AUPE expressing our support for their fight against government cuts and health care privatization. The text of the letter follows: Dear AUPE President Guy Smith

Virtual Basic Steward Training

October 29, 2020
VIRTUAL BASIC STEWARD TRAINING  Registration Information:Stewards may register by logging into My Events Registration. Workshops are listed under Steward Education events. Virtual Basic Steward Training (3 days)

Invitation: Indigenous Workers Gathering

October 23, 2020
The BC Federation of Labour is hosting their first Indigenous Workers Gathering   This full day Gathering is open only to those who identify as Indigenous, and will feature deep connection, reconciliation planning, and goal setting. It will be facilitated by renowned Indigenous Planning Expert Elaine Alec.   WHEN:   Wednesday, October 28 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm - and - from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

President's Message: Vote for public services and an inclusive economy

October 21, 2020
By HSA President Val Avery Voting in our Provincial Election will take place this Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020. This is one year before our next fixed-date election, which would have been on Oct. 16, 2021. The reality is that – early election call or not -- this provincial election was always going to be held during the COVID-19 pandemic.

HSA calls again for access to appropriate PPE

October 16, 2020
With mounting evidence of aerosol transmission of SARS CoV-19, and the impact of that transmission on the health and safety of members , HSA has called on HEABC to ensure access to appropriate PPE is available, and reminds members of their right to conduct individual point of care assessments with every patient or client interaction in determining the appropriate level of PPE. See October 14 letter to HEABC here.