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Highlights from the BC Government’s Throne Speech

February 14, 2019
Yesterday was a big day in provincial politics, as MLAs from across the province were back in Victoria and the Spring sitting of the Legislative Assembly got underway. To open the session, the Lieutenant Governor, Honourable Janet Austin, delivered the Speech from the Throne. The Throne Speech is an opportunity for government to lay out its agenda for the coming year and highlight themes and issues they intend to address. While the speech does not reveal details, it does provide insight into areas of importance for the government. Here’s a snapshot:

Brittany Sanders acclaimed as Region 9 representative on HSA Board of Directors effective April 5, 2019

February 13, 2019
Brittany Sanders will join the HSA Board of Directors as the representative from Region 9 (Kootenays). Sanders was acclaimed after the deadline passed with no further nominations.

Two candidates declared in first online election for Region 7 representative on HSA Board of Directors

February 13, 2019
Two candidates have been nominated to represent HSA members working in Region 7 on the union’s board of directors.   The two candidates in the election are Jas Giddha and Edith MacHattie.   The successful candidate will assume the position of Regional Director for a two-year term at the conclusion of HSA's 2019 annual convention. Candidate statements will be included with voting information sent to members by email or postal mail.  

Four candidates declared in first online election for Region 5 representative on HSA Board of Directors

February 13, 2019
Four candidates have been nominated to represent HSA members working in Region 5 on the union’s board of directors.   The candidates in the election are Ramzan Anjum, John Christopherson, Carla Gibbons, and Jill Slind.   The successful candidate will assume the position of Regional Director for a two-year term at the conclusion of HSA's 2019 annual convention. Candidate statements will be included with voting information sent to members by email or postal mail.  

Two candidates declared in first online election for Region 3 representative on HSA Board of Directors

February 13, 2019
Two candidates have been nominated to represent HSA members working in Region 3 on the union’s board of directors.   The two candidates in the election are Mojtaba (Moji) Borairi and Cheryl Greenhalgh.   The successful candidate will assume the position of Regional Director for a two-year term at the conclusion of HSA's 2019 annual convention. Candidate statements will be included with voting information sent to members by email or postal mail.  

Becky Packer acclaimed as Region 1 representative on HSA Board of Directors effective April 5, 2019

February 13, 2019
Becky Packer will join the HSA Board of Directors as the representative from Region 1 (central and north Vancouver Island). Packer was acclaimed after the deadline passed with no further nominations.

Applications are now open for 2019 NUPGE scholarships

February 8, 2019
Every year, the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) offers six national scholarships of $1,500 each.  HSA is an affiliate of NUPGE, and HSA members and their families may be eligible to participate in NUPGE's scholarship contest. 

April 1, 2019 wage and benefits update for HSA members covered by the Community Social Services collective agreement

January 31, 2019
The Community Social Services Employers’ Association (CSSEA) and the Community Social Services Bargaining Association (CSSBA) have agreed upon the distribution of the first of three annual $20 million Low Wage Redress funds effective April 1, 2019. This will also cover the adjustment in pay in lieu of benefits for part-time and casual employees to account for the addition of Family Day. 

HSA International Women's Day Workshop

January 28, 2019
 HSA International Women's Day Workshop  

Nurses vote in favour of three-year provincial collective agreement

January 25, 2019
BC’s nurses have voted in favour of the tentative 2019-2022 provincial agreement reached between the Nurses’ Bargaining Association (NBA) and the Health Employers' Association of BC (HEABC). More than 21,000 ballots were cast with 54 per cent of nurses voting to ratify the three-year deal that was reached in November 2018.  Registered psychiatric nurses who are members of HSA rejected the terms of the tentative agreement with a 73 per cent no vote.