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Scholarships and bursaries available for HSA members and their families

December 10, 2014
HSA is offering scholarships and bursaries to all members and their children. Ten scholarships will be awarded for full-time studies, twenty bursaries for full-time studies and four bursaries for part-time studies. Two aboriginal scholarships will be awarded to aboriginal students in BC. The criteria and details are set out on the application forms available on the HSA website here.

25 years later: still acting to stop violence against women

December 4, 2014
25 years ago, on December 6, 1989, 14 women at l'École Polytechnique de Montréal, were killed in a gender-based act of violence. They were:

Can work be safe, when home isn't'?

December 4, 2014
 A National Survey on Domestic Violence The findings are shocking – one third of the respondents to a recent survey reported experiencing domestic violence at the hands of an intimate partner. More than half of those reporting abuse said that at least one type of abusive act occurred at or near their workplace. The most common types of abuse that enter a person's workplace are abusive phone calls or text messages and stalking or harassment.

BCNU raid of Mission Memorial fails

December 3, 2014
With time running down for the raid season, BCNU has lost another attempt to take registered psychiatric nurses out of HSA. The BCNU had tried to move members at Mission Memorial Hospital out of HSA but the Labour Board today confirmed they did not have the support of the RPNs as the vote was in favour of HSA. Earlier this year an application for Overlander Residential Care was dismissed before a vote was held due to a lack of support for BCNU.

2015 Basic Steward Training and Basic OH&S Steward Training

December 2, 2014
Stewards play a vital role in the union. Particularly important is the steward's role in contract interpretation, organizing and the grievance procedure. In recognition of the need for educating new stewards in these areas, HSA is offering four 3-day Basic Steward Training workshops at the HSA office as follows - Dates:January 19 – 21, 2015February 2 – 4, 2015February 16 – 18, 2015March 23 – 25, 2015 Location: HSA Office, 180 East Columbia Street, New Westminster

Scholarships and bursaries available for HSA members and their families

December 2, 2014
HSA is offering scholarships and bursaries to all members and their children.  Ten scholarships will be awarded for full-time studies, twenty bursaries for full-time studies and four bursaries for part-time studies.  Two aboriginal scholarships will be awarded to aboriginal students in BC.

Staff profile: Alka Kundi, labour relations officer

December 1, 2014
HSA REPORT, DECEMBER 2014 Name: Alka Kundi. Nickname in high school: Well, my name is Alka, so the nicknames should be obvious. Alkaseltzer, Alcoholic and Alkatraz. In retrospect, I'm not sure if these were nicknames or if people were just making fun of me, but oh well. Job title and department: Labour Relations Officer, Servicing.

Ebola: members say we're still not ready

November 28, 2014
HSA REPORT, DECEMBER 2014 By David Durning, HSA Senior OHS Officer Over the years, Canadian workers have fought for and gained important workplace health and safety rights. The diligent exercise of these rights is proven to be the most effective way of ensuring workplace hazards are controlled. These rights, enshrined in legislation and regulation, are:

Congratulations to new leadership at BC Federation of Labour

November 28, 2014
Delegates to the 56th convention of the BC Federation of Labour have elected Irene Lanzinger as President. She is the first woman to ever hold the position. Lanzinger was  the Federation's secretary-treasurer for the past four years and is a past president of the BC Teachers' Federation. She is a high school math and science teacher in Vancouver. Aaron Ekman was elected to the position of Secretary-Treasurer. Ekman is the founding president of the North Central Labour Council and is a staff person with the BCGEU.

Province declares start of flu season; mask or vaccination policy in effect

November 28, 2014
Effective December 1, British Columbia will be in flu season, and HSA members who work in patient care areas in hospitals (ie, where patients are or are likely to be present) are reminded to be vaccinated against influenza or, alternatively, wear a protective mask during flu season.