News & Updates

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. Elections for union...

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...

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. And health care professionals are being asked to do a bit more: support the health care team in the areas most...

HSA MEMBERS URGED TO VOTE IN SEPTEMBER 20th FEDERAL ELECTION A federal election has been called for September 20 th 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...

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...

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. Under the order, employees will have until October 12 to be fully vaccinated and...

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...

How to Talk Politics An HSA Political Action Workshop DATE: September 10, 2021 TIME: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm LOCATION: Virtual – WebEx details to follow HSA is offering a 1 day, non-partisan workshop for members who are interested in having conversations about topics of importance to HSA Members. This workshop will give participants skills and strategies to speak to...

Indigenous Awareness and Working with the UN Declaration An HSA Diversity Workshop DATE: October 15, 2021 TIME: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm LOCATION: Virtual – WebEx This workshop will offer HSA members the opportunity to increase their awareness of Indigenous Peoples and issues, work toward a path of respectful and effective indigenous relations, and how that path interacts with the...

Upcoming Fall Steward Workshops: Virtual Basic Steward Training and Virtual OH&S 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 in series) Stewards play a vital role in the union. Particularly important is the steward's role in contract interpretation, organizing and the grievance...