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Two candidates for Region 4 Regional Director

February 6, 2014
During the next several weeks, HSA members in Region 4 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: • Joseph Sebastian, a Medical Radiation Technologist at Vancouver General Hospital • Brendan Shields, a Music Therapist at Minoru Residence, Richmond Hospital

Two candidates for Region 2 Regional Director

February 6, 2014
During the next several weeks, HSA members in Region 2 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:  • Derrick Hoyt, a Pathologist's Assistant at Royal Jubilee Hospital • Anna Morton, a social worker at Queen Alexandra Centre for Children's Health

Safety Update #3

February 6, 2014
In this issue: Domestic Violence Survey: Can Work Be Safe When Home Isn’t? 2014 OH&S Training Opportunities HSA Occupational Health and Safety Conference – June 16-17, 2014 Workplace Exposure Registry Domestic violence survey:  Can Work Be Safe When Home Isn’t? Have you completed your survey yet?

HSA's community health members ratify five-year agreement

February 4, 2014
Members of the multi-union Community Health Bargaining Association (CBA) – including almost 800 HSA members -- have voted 78.7% in favour of accepting a new collective agreement with the Health Employers’ Association of BC (HEABC). The five-year collective agreement expires on March 31, 2019 and covers over 15,000 union members working in community health across the province.

Apply now for Community Social Services education funds

January 31, 2014
The Community Social Services Labour Adjustment and Education Fund Committee is calling for new applications from members working in the community social services sector. If you were laid off as of April 1, 2011, have had a reduction in hours and are currently a union member covered by the Community Social Services Bargaining Association Collective Agreement OR

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
HOW TO VOTE

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.