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Meet the RPNs volunteers who beat back the raid

February 21, 2014
Surrey Memorial Hospital RPNs Abi Ologani, Tanya Maksymiw and Amanda Farrand HSA REPORT, MARCH 2014 A year ago, Tanya Maksymiw didn't know a lot about HSA. In fact, the RPN didn't know a lot about any unions, despite belonging to one union or the other over the last 20 years. And when HSA staff put on an information meeting on raiding at Surrey Memorial Hospital, she didn't go to get involved.

Q and A: How does the new contract affect my benefits?

February 19, 2014
HSA REPORT, MARCH 2014 BY DENNIS BLATCHFORD Q: Now that the collective agreement has been ratified, how will HSA go about moving to a joint governance model for delivering health and welfare benefits? And what does it mean in the short-term?

The importance of accident investigations

February 19, 2014
HSA REPORT, MARCH 2014 BY DAVID DURNING In British Columbia workplaces, employers are required to undertake investigations into any accident or incident that:

Reminder: RPNs must file drug coverage grievances before Feb 27

February 19, 2014
All HSA Registered Psychiatric Nurses are reminded that you will have until next Thursday, February 27, 2014 to file a grievance about lack of drug coverage. Decisions about grievance remedies will be made after February 27 once a full review of every individual grievance has been completed. To file a grievance on your behalf HSA requires that you complete the following form:

Community social service members ratify five year agreement

February 17, 2014
Agreement includes wage adjustments and pay increases Community social service workers have voted by 85 per cent in favour of ratifying a new collective agreement that includes wage adjustments and increases of up to 11.5 percent over five years. The new collective agreement will be in effect from April 1, 2014 until March 31, 2019. Community Living workers ratified the tentative agreement by 83 per cent. General Services ratified by 91 per cent, and Aboriginal Services ratified by 63 per cent.

Ayers to join HSA Board of Directors

February 14, 2014
Mandi Ayers, a lab technologist at Bulkley Valley District Hospital, will join the HSA Board of Directors in April 2014 as the Regional Director representing Region 10.

Reminder: Monday, March 10, 2014 - Deadline for Scholarships and Bursaries available for HSA members and their families

February 13, 2014
(deadline extended from original date of FebRUARY 28) 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.

Allen Peters acclaimed as Region 8 representative on HSA Board of Directors

February 6, 2014
Allen Peters has been selected to return as the Region 8 representative to the HSA Board of Directors. He was acclaimed after the deadline passed with no further nominations. Peters is a Medical Radiation Technologist at Nicola Valley General Hospital, and has served on the union's Board of Directors since 2011. He currently chairs the union's Occupational Health and Safety and Education committees, and has been an active member of the union, serving as steward, member-at-large, and member of various committees for several years.  

Anita Bardal acclaimed as Region 6 representative on HSA Board of Directors

February 6, 2014
  Anita Bardal has been selected to return as the Region 6 representative to the HSA Board of Directors. She was acclaimed after the deadline passed with no further nominations. Bardal is a Medical Radiation Technologist at St.Paul's Hospital, and has served on the union's Board of Directors since 2010. She has served as chair and member of a number of the union's committees and as a Chief Steward at St. Paul's Hospital.

Two candidates for Region 10 Regional Director

February 6, 2014
During the next several weeks, HSA members in Region 10 will have an opportunity to elect their representative on HSA’s Board of Directors. Nominations for the position closed January 30, with two members declaring their candidacy: • Mandy Ayers, a Medical Laboratory Technologist at Bulkley Valley District Hospital • Jameel Khan, a Medical Laboratory echnologist at University Hospital of Northern BC