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Workshop on Men as Allies: Standing in Solidarity for Gender Equity and Justice - Dec 1, 2022

July 13, 2022
Workshop on Men as Allies: Standing in Solidarity for Gender Equity and Justice  HSA is pleased to offer a workshop examining ways for men in the union to actively support gender equity. Understanding how power, privilege, and oppression work is critical to fighting for equity, justice and excellence. We all come at this from different places, and men, as part of an historically dominant group, have a different but very important role to play.

HSPBA Bargaining Update: Work Continues Over Summer

July 11, 2022
As we enter the summer, unions leading negotiations for health science professionals (Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association - HSPBA), community health (Community Bargaining Association – CBA) and community social services (Community Social Services Bargaining Association – CSSBA) continue to co-ordinate efforts to speak with a louder voice to support common goals.  

HSA Lead and Assistant Lead Steward Training - Nov 14th or 15th, 2022

July 8, 2022
HSA Lead and Assistant Lead Steward Training  This one-day training session is for Lead Stewards and Assistant Lead Stewards. Priority access will be given to Lead and Assistant Lead Stewards that have never attended a Lead and Assistant Lead Steward workshop. As leaders in your chapter, you have some additional opportunities, responsibilities, and challenges. 

Workshop on Race and Racism in Health Care and Social Services - Nov 23 and 24, 2022

July 8, 2022
Workshop on Race and Racism in Health Care and Social Services HSA is pleased to offer this two-day virtual workshop specifically designed for HSA site stewards, OHS stewards, and EDMP representatives.

Updates to BC’s Emergency Health Provider Registry

July 6, 2022
Since its launch, the Emergency Health Provider Registry (EHPR) has adapted to respond to health system emergencies (including floods, wildfires, and other climate-change related disasters) and the COVID-19 pandemic. More than 10,000 people are currently registered with the EHPR and the Ministry of Health is undertaking a refresh of the system to update registrant information and improve our capacity to contact and deploy registrants in a timely way.

CSS Bargaining Update: challenging discussions going into the summer

July 5, 2022
The Community Social Services Negotiating Committee was back at the bargaining table June 22 - 24.  We continued to work through a number of significant items, including further discussions on the monetary priorities put forward by community social service workers from all three sub-sectors -- Community Living Services, General Services and Indigenous Services.  

Member survey on contract and workload issues now open

July 4, 2022
Health Sciences Association of BC has contracted Viewpoints Research to conduct the annual survey to learn about member priorities and concerns as the union continues negotiations for your next contract. Viewpoints Research an industry leader with 30 years of experience conducting research for unions and other progressive organizations. Using an experienced third-party professional research firm for this membership survey ensures confidentiality and the highest quality of data.

HSA Regional Meeting and member-at-large election dates set for 2022

June 30, 2022
The dates have been set for HSA’s 2022 Annual Regional Meetings and member-at-large elections. After two years of virtual meetings, we are returning to in-person meetings throughout the province. Annual Regional Meetings are a forum for HSA activists and members to connect with other members in their region, and to get caught up on the union’s work.

HSA to modernize HSA steward titles

June 30, 2022
As the union of specialized professionals delivering modern health care and community services, it’s time to modernize some of the language we use.   HSA is dedicated to meaningful reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples, the importance of which is reinforced by ongoing revelations of institutional abuse through the Canadian residential school system. That means seeking to use respectful and inclusive language wherever possible.  

Why awareness about domestic violence matters in the workplace: HSA workshop

June 29, 2022
HSA is pleased to offer a one-day workshop focused on the impact domestic violence has on workers and workplaces, and the role of employers and unions in keeping workplaces safe. The workshop will feature two guest experts: Anne Davis, an HSA member and transition house worker with expertise and training in anti-violence, and Kamal Dhillon, author of I am Kamal: Survivor to Thriver!, an autobiographical account of her experiences of domestic violence.