News & Updates

Last week, NUPGE – the National Union of Public and General Employees which HSA is a member of, made a $20,000 donation from its John Fryer Fund to Oxfam’s appeal to provide urgent humanitarian relief in Gaza. As soon as it is possible to provide humanitarian aid in Gaza, the donation will assist with the much-needed assistance, including food, water...

HSA’s 53rd annual convention is set for Wednesday, May 1 to Friday, May 3, 2024 in Vancouver. The convention will be preceded by a full day of education workshops on Tuesday, April 30. Deadline for submitting resolutions for consideration at the annual convention is 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16, 2024. All resolutions must be voted on by members at local...

After months of working to force employers to pay retroactive wages, owed to many community social services workers in the Community Social Services Bargaining Association at worksites across the province, Community Social Services Employers’ Association (CSSEA) employers have been ordered to pay missing wages – with interest – by December 31, 2023. These wage increases were achieved in bargaining and...

A new report from the Health Sciences Association of BC puts a microscope on the critical role of medical laboratory technologists in the health care system – and how acute staffing shortages are causing burnout and delaying patient care. Medical laboratory technologists (MLTs) are often invisible to the public, but health care would not function without them. At least 70...

We want you to join us for our November 16th Young Workers Forum Registration Process: Registrants will be considered on a first-come first-serve basis Register by Midnight on Wednesday, November 1st Are you an HSA member and 35 or younger? Want to help promote awareness of young workers' issues in your union? Join us at HSA head office (in New...

Date January 18, 2024 Time : 9am-4:30pm Location : Virtual via Zoom HSA is pleased to have Vikki Reynolds return to facilitate this one-day workshop during which she will differentiate vicarious trauma and burn out from the spiritual and ethical pain that our work engenders when we are unable to provide dignity and social justice to the people we want...

It’s hard to believe that another Labour Day weekend has come and gone. I hope that many of you were able to get out to events around the province put on by local Labour Councils promoting and celebrating the work of the labour movement. To keep informed about the work of the Canadian Labour Congress, sign up for regular news...

Basic Steward Training (three-day workshop) Stewards play a vital role in the union. This workshop will teach new stewards the skills to enable them to serve confidently in their role. Workshop content includes the role of the steward, organizing your chapter, grievance handling, and basic contract interpretation. Please register in only one workshop. Participants must commit to attending three consecutive...

This September 30 th marks the third annual National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, also known as Orange Shirt Day . In 2021, following decades of Indigenous-led advocacy, the Government of Canada declared September 30 the “National Day for Truth and Reconciliation”. The declaration responds to Action 80 from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada , which calls for...

HSA is pleased to offer another opportunity to attend this two-day workshop! DATES: January 23-24, 2024 TIME: 9:00 am to 4:30 pm LOCATION: Virtual – Zoom details to follow This two-day virtual workshop will help non-Indigenous HSA members to develop the skills, compassion, and abilities required to recognize and change colonial systems and practices in their personal and professional lives...