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BC's unions welcome occupational health and safety legislation; improvement only possible with demonstrated commitment to enforcement

February 12, 2015
After years of pushing the BC government to act, the BC Federation of Labour is pleased that the Minister of Labour has finally taken action on needed reforms to increase workplace safety and hold negligent employers accountable. Legislation was introduce February 10.

Don't break our hearts: raise the minimum wage

February 10, 2015
Following up on the vote by delegates to the 2014 BC Federation of Labour convention, a campaign to raise the minimum wage to $15 and hour in BC is building momentum. A key component of the campaign is to hold monthly actions on the 15th of every month to advocate for the change. Increasing the minimum wage to $15/hour would put a full-time worker 10 per cent above Statistics Canada’s low-income-cut-off. Other cities, including Seattle and San Francisco are already moving to a $15/hour minimum wage.

Update on 37.5 hour work week grievances

February 4, 2015
The 37.5 hour work week first took effect on September 1, 2013, and over the course of that fall HSA filed a significant number of grievances on behalf of members impacted by the implementation. In the 16 months since then, a lot has happened.

Women's Rights Committee Working for Change Workshop

February 4, 2015
Workers in community social services understand the major issues facing women, especially the core causes and impact of growing inequality in Canada. Are you interested in learning more about engaging members to become involved in advocating for change? HSA invites members to join us for a day of training that combines the opportunity to network with other HSA members working in community social services with training specifically focused on women and women’s issues.  

Lab redesign at Provincial Health Services Authority

February 4, 2015
Provincial Health Services Authority has served section 54 notice informing the Health Sciences Professional Bargaining Association that it intends to introduce a change to Lower Mainland pathology and laboratory services. This change will affect the terms, conditions or security of employment of a significant number of health science professional bargaining unit employees.

Nominations open for HSA board members in Regions 1, 3, 5, 7, & 9

January 30, 2015
This year, Regional Director elections will take place in Regions 1, 3, 5, 7, and 9.  All HSA members in these regions are encouraged to put their name forward for these important positions. The Board of Directors meets quarterly, and directors take an active leadership role in representing the union.  They receive wage replacement at their regular rate of pay for the time they spend in official meetings.  Part-time and casual members are reimbursed as if they were at work during the meetings they attend.

Nominations open for HSA president

January 30, 2015
HSA’s 2015 Annual Convention will include an election for the position of president, a full-time position that carries a two-year term. All members in good standing are eligible to run for president when nominated in writing by six members. Nominations for president are open until the final call for nominations takes place on the last day of convention Saturday, May 2, 2015. Candidates for president may submit a statement of up to 400 words and a photograph for inclusion in the union’s Annual Report, circulated electronically to members prior to the convention.

HSA strategic plan update

January 28, 2015
 HSA has embarked upon a process to update and renew our strategic plan. This process will span several months, culminating with presentation of the new, Board of Directors-approved plan to the Membership at our Annual Convention in May 2015.

HSA Political Action Fund support available for political action training

January 20, 2015
Members may apply for Political Action Fund support to attend political action training which is:

Job Classification and Job Evaluation Committee Update

January 16, 2015
CSSEA and the CSSBA held a planning meeting of the Joint Job Evaluation Committee in early December. Purpose Over the next 16 months, the committee will be collecting, reviewing and updating information relative to the Joint Job Evaluation Plan in preparation for the first scheduled distribution of the negotiated Comparability and Anomaly wage increases scheduled for April 1, 2016. What is the Joint Job Evaluation Plan (JJEP)?