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Hay elected as Region 6 director

April 20, 2016
HSA members in Region 6 have elected Nancy Hay to serve a two-year term as their representative on the union’s Board of Directors.  Hay is a social worker at St. Paul’s and Lions Gate Hospitals. This is Hay’s first term on the union’s Board of Directors. She currently serves as the Chief Steward at St. Paul’s Hospital. The other candidate for the board position was Shirley Clarkson, a registered psychiatric nurse at St. Paul’s Hospital.

Sebastian re-elected as Region 4 director

April 20, 2016
HSA members in Region 4 have re-elected Joseph Sebastian to serve another two-year term as their representative on the union’s Board of Directors.  Sebastian is a medical radiation technologist at Vancouver Hospital. Sebastian first joined the union’s Board of Directors in April 2014. He has served on the Occupational Health and Safety and Constitutional and Organization Policy committees, and has served as a steward at Vancouver Hospital. The other candidate for the board position was Sarah Chapple, a social worker at Vancouver Hospital.

Hoyt re-elected as Region 2 director

April 20, 2016
HSA  members in Region 2 have re-elected Derrick Hoyt to serve another two-year term as their representative on the union’s Board of Directors.  Hoyt is a pathologist’s assistant at Royal Jubilee Hospital. Hoyt first joined the union’s board of directors in November 2013. He has served on the Constitutional and Organizational Policy Committee (COPS) and Committee for Equality and Social Action and Elections Committee. He is a former Chief Steward at Royal Jubilee Hospital.

Marjan Szlivka, physiotherapist helping protect all professions

April 20, 2016
HSA REPORT MAGAZINE, APRIL 2016 BY LAURA BUSHEIKIN It's not my business. That's what Marjan Szlivka thought when she first heard that registered psychiatric nurses within HSA were being raided by BCNU. In her work as a physiotherapist at Eagle Ridge Hospital in Port Moody, Szlivka didn't work with RPNs, and their situation wasn't on her radar.

Despite concerns about process, HSA advises "yes" vote on tentative nurses agreement

April 19, 2016
A summary of the tentative agreement 2014 – 2019 for the Nurses Bargaining Association, and instructions on how to vote on the agreement, will be mailed to all NBA members shortly. Mail ballots must be returned to HSA by the end of the day on Friday, May 6.

Speak up

April 19, 2016
HSA REPORT MAGAZINE, APRIL 2016 In April 2015, at a workshop prior to HSA's last convention, Trina Nguyen heard something that startled her.

Stewards plan support for stewards

April 18, 2016
HSA REPORT MAGAZINE, APRIL 2016 It's often said that stewards are the backbone of our union, and like any backbone, it works best with adequate support. As part of the 2020 Strategic Plan, and following dicussions at recent conventions, HSA stewards have been meeting to talk about the work they do, the challenges they face, and the resources they need to do their important work.

Tough new rules on fingerprinting

April 18, 2016
HSA REPORT MAGAZINE, APRIL 2016 CHANGES TO BC LAW WILL REQUIRE MORE EMPLOYEES TO SUBMIT MANDATORY FINGERPRINTS

Fighting for members at the Supreme Court of Canada

April 18, 2016
HSA REPORT MAGAZINE, APRIL 2016 A CANCER CLUSTER IS FOUND HSA members Katrina Hammer and Anne MacFarlane, and HEU member Patricia Schmidt, all worked in the laboratory at Mission Memorial Hospital. All three contracted breast cancer, and an investigation into the cancer identified there was a cancer cluster in the laboratory – where the incidence of breast cancer was eight times the rate of breast cancer in BC. THEIR CLAIMS ARE DENIED

Tentative agreement telephone town hall information meetings set

April 13, 2016
Following last week’s signing of a tentative agreement for a renewed collective agreement for all nurses in BC’s public health care system, HSA will hold two telephone town hall meetings to provide members with information about the terms of the tentative agreement.