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Chillwack RPNs: Vote today to stay HSA

November 13, 2014
A vote has been ordered by the Labour Relations Board today at Chilliwack General Hospital. Please take the time to vote today to stay in HSA. HSA has fought for the recognition RPNs deserve in a specialized field. Without HSA at the bargaining table and fighting for the  rights of RPNs, there would be fewer opportunities to do the work you are an expert at doing. Voting time: 2-4 p.m. Voting place: 4 South Meeting Room, Chilliwack General Hospital.

HSA members urged to vote in municipal election

November 12, 2014
HSA members urged to vote in municipal election  On Saturday November 15, 2014 British Columbians head to the polls to elect mayors, municipal councillors, school trustees, and regional district representatives.  

November 6: a day for recognizing the challenges community social service workers face

November 6, 2014
Violence in the workplace, workload, health and safety issues are just a few major challenges community social service workers face. Since 2008, the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) has recognized November 6 as Community Social Service Workers Appreciation Day. Now two provinces and over 125 communities across Canada also recognize November 6 as a day to show our appreciation for the compassionate work community social service workers do.

HSA endorses Lanzinger for BC Fed President

October 30, 2014
The Health Sciences Association of BC has joined the growing list of leading BC unions to endorse Irene Lanzinger for President of the BC Federation of Labour. "As secretary-treasurer of the BC Federation of Labour, Irene has demonstrated that she is a strong advocate for the services our members deliver in health care and social services," said HSA President Val Avery.

HSA conducting member poll

October 27, 2014
HSA has contracted with Viewpoints Research to conduct a survey to find out more about how HSA members feel about how their union responds to concerns and communicates important information. Your feedback is important. Note that this is one of many opportunities allowing members to share their thoughts about strategic planning for the next few years. If you are contacted by Viewpoints Research in the coming weeks, you are encouraged to participate in the telephone survey, which will take approximately 20 minutes to complete.

Guest tweeters celebrate HSA professions

October 24, 2014
October 26 to November 1 is Respiratory Therapist week, and to celebrate, HSA has invited Lily Cheung, an RT at Vancouver General Hospital, to take over the HSA twitter feed for a week and post about daily life on the front lines of respiratory therapy. 

HSA promotes professions in province-wide ad campaign

October 22, 2014
   A screen shot of the web site. On Monday, HSA launched a new series of ads designed to promote the work of our diverse professions. The series of five ads, appearing on radio stations across the province for the next six weeks, demonstrate how our many professions connect to each other, and how we connect the public to modern health care.

Raid is on at Mission Memorial

October 10, 2014
RPN members are advised that the BCNU is taking advantage of an error made by Fraser Health Authority to try to raid members at Mission Memorial Hospital.

What you need to know about Ebola

October 10, 2014
Ebola Backgrounder There has never been a case of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in Canada. In areas where Ebola is present, the virus can spread through:

Be skeptical of big, empty promises

October 1, 2014
THE REPORT, OCTOBER 2014 BY VAL AVERY, PRESIDENT, HSA In early September, HSA learned that the BC Nurses' Union planned to execute a swift takeover of the Union of Psychiatric Nurses before moving on to actively raid HSA's registered psychiatric nurses. This means BCNU organizers will be approaching HSA members at work – and likely at home – and trying to get them to sign a BCNU membership card. Rest assured they will make big promises. I can't even speculate about the misleading tactics they'll employ.