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December 7, 2015
HSA REPORT MAGAZINE, DECEMBER 2015 When laboratory technologist John Bhullar was first asked to consider taking over the work of a retired steward, he thought he wasn't up for the job.

A focus on stewards

December 7, 2015
HSA REPORT MAGAZINE, DECEMBER 2015 BY VAL AVERY, PRESIDENT, HSA For most members, their first contact with our union is through a steward.

Child development professionals mobilize to seek funding for kids in need

December 3, 2015
HSA REPORT MAGAZINE, DECEMBER 2015 Children with disabilities face a lot of challenges, but with support in the early years, many can overcome barriers and achieve their full potential.

OHS: Break the silence on violence

December 3, 2015
HSA REPORT MAGAZINE, DECEMBER 2015 BY DAVID DURNING, HSA OHS OFFICER A recent survey of emergency department staff at Abbotsford Regional Hospital indicated that more than half of those who had recently experienced violence on the job didn't report those events.

Doris Peters, mental health clinician

December 3, 2015
HSA REPORT MAGAZINE, DECEMBER 2015 BY LAURA BUSHEIKIN "Just what is our union doing for us?" This was the question that set HSA member Doris Peters down a path that led, surprisingly quickly, to becoming a chief steward in June of last year.

National meeting addresses community social service concerns

December 2, 2015
HSA'S Heather Maschek, Heidi Coates, Stasia Hasumi and Anne Davis were among the many community social service workers who met in Ottawa. HSA REPORT MAGAZINE, DECEMBER 2015

Change at the top

December 1, 2015
HSA REPORT MAGAZINE, DECEMBER 2015 On October 19th, Canadians soundly rejected the Harper Conservatives' refusal to provide federal leadership on health care. Instead, we elected a majority Liberal government which made important promises during the election campaign to improve Canada's public health care system.

Are sick leave credits affected by upcoming changes?

December 1, 2015
HSA REPORT MAGAZINE, DECEMBER 2015 BY DENNIS BLATCHFORD, HSA PENSIONS AND BENEFITS ADVOCATE I am planning to retire sometime next year and am wondering if the formation of the new benefit plan will have any bearing on my retirement benefits?

Vaccinate or mask policy continues in BC for flu season

November 19, 2015
With flu season around the corner, HSA members are reminded of the provincial influenza control policy in effect in BC. In spite of changes in other provinces, the flu prevention policy in BC has not changed, and health care workers who choose not to be vaccinated have options available to them, including wearing a surgical mask. Health care workers must report their vaccination status confidentially through an on-line form. FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

Many HSA members to receive additional pay increase

November 18, 2015
Starting with the first pay period after February 1, 2016, most HSA members can expect a pay hike of 0.45% over and above the 5.5% increase rolling out over the life of the current contract. This increase is the result of the Economic Stability Dividend, a feature of the current agreement which requires the government to increase negotiated wages as a portion of provincial economic growth when it exceeds official forecasts.