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New Public Health Order to Require Vaccination for Health Care Workers in Acute Care Settings - updated September 14

September 13, 2021
BC’s Public Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced yesterday new public health orders for mandatory vaccination against COVID-19 for all employees working in acute care settings. This includes acute care health care professionals who deliver patient care in the community, including in people’s homes. HSA members working in these settings will be subject to the order, which requires COVID-19 vaccination as a condition of employment. This follows a similar order for long-term care settings announced last month. 

A Different Sort of Labour Day

September 6, 2021
A message from HSA President Kane Tse Labour Day is usually a time spent reflecting on the past. We remember the contributions of working people, celebrate the many victories, and remind ourselves and the world of the importance of collective action. But this has been a very different year. We don’t have to recall the distant past to see the remarkable commitment of working people in BC. We’re seeing history being made, all around us, in real time.

A Shocking Display by a Misguided Minority

September 3, 2021
A message from HSA President Kane Tse As your colleague, I want to share how I feel about the protests that occurred on Wednesday.

Have a say in your union: elections set for this fall for bargaining proposal conference delegates and members-at-large in even-numbered HSA regions

August 27, 2021
From serving on bargaining committees to represent HSA members’ interests in contract negotiations to selecting recipients for education awards for HSA members and their families, introducing young workers to the union movement, overseeing the union’s budget, and participating in the solidarity of the broader labour movement, your union has lots of opportunities for you to get involved.

HSA Members Stepping Forward

August 25, 2021
By Karl Riley Here at HSA, we know how committed our members are to their communities. Whether it’s in acute care, community health, or social services, our members are on the front lines every day making life better for people and ensuring they have access to the services they count on. So it’s not surprising that two of our very own HSA members will be running in the upcoming federal election, which will be held September 20.

Health science professionals invited to register for the Emergency Health Provider Registry as wildfires put pressure on health care delivery

August 20, 2021
Health science professionals invited to register for the Emergency Health Provider Registry as wildfires put pressure on health care delivery With British Columbia experiencing the third most destructive wildfire season on record, while still in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the opioid crisis, the demand on all members of the health care team continues to be unrelenting.  

HSA Members Urged To Vote In September 20th Federal Election

August 19, 2021
HSA MEMBERS URGED TO VOTE IN SEPTEMBER 20th FEDERAL ELECTION A federal election has been called for September 20th and the outcome will have a significant impact on the health care and community social services that HSA members provide. The Parliament that we elect will also be able to act on the issues that HSA members have identified as important to them, like climate action, child care, and pharmacare.

New Statutory Holiday to Mark Legacy of Residential Schools on September 30

August 13, 2021
All HSA members covered by the Health Science Professionals, Community Health, Community Social Services and Nurses Bargaining Associations are now entitled to a statutory holiday held annually on September 30. This date marks National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, a moment to commemorate the tragic legacy of residential schools in Canada. The establishment of the national holiday is in response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action, and was instituted by the federal government with legislation that passed in June. 

New Public Health Orders for Members Working in Long-Term Care and Assisted Living

August 12, 2021
BC’s Public Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, today announced a new public health order for mandatory vaccination as a condition of employment for all employees working in long-term care or assisted living facilities. This new public health order will impact HSA members working in these settings.

Your input needed for member survey on contract issues

August 4, 2021
Health Sciences Association of BC has contracted Viewpoints Research to conduct an on line survey to explore members' priorities and concerns as your union begins negotiations for your next contract. Viewpoints Research an industry leader with 30 years of experience conducting research for unions and other progressive organizations. Using an experienced third-party professional research firm for this membership survey ensures confidentiality and the highest quality of data.