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Changes to drug coverage for Health Science Professionals now in effect

January 30, 2014
Under the 2014-2019 collective agreement recently ratified by health science professionals, improvements in drug coverage are now in effect. Every member covered by the Health Science Professionals contract should be receiving a letter outlining the changes from Pacific Blue Cross in the coming days.  A sample letter is attached here.

Members invited to visit and support maquila workers

January 28, 2014
Codevelopment Canada, a BC-based non-governmental organization working for social change in the Americas, is inviting interested HSA members to travel to Nicaragua and Honduras to meet with and celebrate the accomplishment of women's groups supporting maquila workers. The ten-day visit is scheduled for February 28 to March 9. Members are responsible for their own costs, estimated as $3500 to $4000.

Reminder: Get your vote in the mail

January 24, 2014
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HSA members urged to participate in consultation to improve services for people with disabilities

January 24, 2014
The BC Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation is coordinating a consultation to determine how to remove barriers and increase accessibility for people with disabilities in British Columbia. The process includes a series of in-person community consultation sessions around the province scheduled from January 20 to the end of February.  Dates, locations and times are listed here.

Initial dates set for March in expedited process to resolve 37.5-hour work week grievances

January 23, 2014
With more than 1,500 grievances filed by health science professionals over the implementation of the 37.5 hour work week last year, three initial days of expedited hearings have now been scheduled to hear the grievances through a process negotiated and agreed to by HSPBA and HEABC. 

Celebrating International Women's Day - Inspiring Change

January 23, 2014
Thursday March 6 and Friday March 7, 2014HSA Head office HSA invites women in our union to join us for two days of sharing to celebrate International Women’s Day.  HSA is providing the opportunity for members to participate in a workshop that combines attending IWD events and in-house HSA training.           Learn about:• the significance of International Women’s Day• women’s struggles and achievement• the history of women in politics and the labour movement 

Votes show RPNs sticking with HSA

January 22, 2014
83% of HSA RPNs reject raid campaign to date Registered Psychiatric Nurses at Surrey Memorial Hospital and Abbotsford Regional Hospital have voted to stick with HSA despite an aggressive and well-funded raid campaign by the BC Nurses' Union and the Union of Psychiatric Nurses.

Important information for HSA’s RPNs re: Pharmacare coverage

January 17, 2014
Re: Pharmacare Tie-in – Grievance and Arbitration Award In the last round of bargaining, the Nurses' Bargaining Association (NBA) agreed to modify the existing drug plan in the collective agreement to include a Pharmacare Tie-in. You were advised of these changes in January 2013.

Nominations open for HSA board members to represent Regions 2, 4, 6, 8, and 10

January 15, 2014
This year, Regional Director elections will take place in Regions 2, 4, 6, 8, and 10.  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 10, 2014
The next HSA Annual Convention will take place April 10 – 12, 2014 at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver.  All HSA members are welcome to attend and speak at the convention.  However, only delegates have the right to vote. At this year’s convention, delegates will elect a president to complete the 2013 – 2015 term. This is a mid-term byelection, and will carry a term of one year, expiring at the end of the 2015 annual HSA convention. The president is elected by delegates to the union’s Annual Convention.