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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.

Information on voting for community social services agreement

January 10, 2014
HOW TO VOTE ON COMMUNITY SOCIAL SERVICES CONTRACT All HSA members covered by the Community Social Services Bargaining Association have been mailed an information package via personal email or Canada Post.  Information and voting meetings will be held over the next few weeks, and members are now being contacted with information about where and when they are being held. You can also see the full list below.

Health science professionals vote to accept five-year deal

December 23, 2013
Health science professionals have voted 76 per cent in favour of accepting a new five-year contract. The agreement was reached in advance of the expiry of the current agreement, set to run out on March 31, 2014.

…Therefore be it resolved

December 23, 2013
HSA members will soon be preparing for the 2014 HSA Convention, to be held April 10-12, 2014 at the Fairmont Hotel (Vancouver Hotel) in Vancouver. Annual convention is the union’s annual meeting where chapter representatives from around the province determine the union’s future direction.  Policies, actions, constitutional amendments, and structural changes are all discussed and debated at convention.

Voting on Community Health tentative agreement to get underway in new year

December 17, 2013
The Community Health Bargaining Association (CBA) reached a tentative agreement in late November for the over 15,000 union members working in the community health sector across the province. It is a five-year agreement effective April 1, 2014 until March 31, 2019 and your HSA Board of Directors supports your bargaining committee’s recommendation that members VOTE YES to accept the agreement.

HSA launches campaign against domestic violence

December 6, 2013
Take Action Against Domestic Violence Over a recent 5 year period, an estimated 183,000 British Columbians were victims of domestic violence. Domestic violence impacts victims and their families and has a serious effect on those who witness it. Health care costs related to domestic violence in Canada are estimated to be in the billions of dollars. Social and emotional costs are significant. Domestic violence occurs in all cultures and communities and is considered to be a major contributor to increased absenteeism, sick leave and lost productivity at work.