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Update on benefits for community social services

September 24, 2017
BY DENNIS BLATCHFORD, HSA PENSIONS AND BENEFITS ADVOCATE Q: I have been following the Health Sciences Benefit Trust (JHSBT) for Health Science Professional Bargaining Association members, and am wondering if there is any news about benefits for community social services professionals. I understood there was a commitment to review benefit plans in my sector as well. Is that the case?

Psychological health and safety in the workplace

September 24, 2017
HSA REPORT MAGAZINE, SEPTEMBER 2017 BY GERI GRIGG, HSA OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY OFFICEER Each year more than 20 per cent of Canadians experience a mental health issue or illness.

If you encounter a picket line at work, do not cross: contact your HSA steward or the union office

September 19, 2017
The Hospital Employees' Union issued 72-hour strike notice late Friday as HEU members in the contracted support service sector continue to bargain for a fair deal. Union members are now in a legal position to take job action to back their demands in bargaining.

Celebrate Labour Day around the province!

August 31, 2017
Unions and the labour movement are a huge force for positive change for union members, workers and society as a whole.  We owe everything from safe worksites, paid vacations, pensions, universal health care and much more to our unions. Come out and celebrate everything we have achieved, and that we continue to work for, together in the labour movement.  Solidarity forever!


August 22, 2017
HELP COMMUNITIES AFFECTED BY WILDFIRE   In communities across BC, thousands of people are suffering BC’s worst forest fire season in many years.  

BC Federation of Labour applauds the reestablishment of the BC Human Rights Commission

August 4, 2017
“The BC Federation of Labour believes strongly that human rights are workers’ rights, and that systemic discrimination of marginalized workers needs to be addressed at the highest level,” said Irene Lanzinger, President of the BC Federation of Labour. see full release here:

HSA regional meeting schedule set

August 4, 2017
HSA's annual regional fall meetings have been scheduled for September and October 2014. Regional meetings are an excellent forum for HSA members to review the issues and activities of the past year, and to discuss the opportunitie and challenges that lie ahead for the union. Delegates from in odd-numbered regions will also elect Members-at-Large to represent them on union committees. Please see the schedule below for information about the meeting and workshop in your region. For information about attending your regional meeting, please contact your Chief Steward.

Locked out Pacific Blue Cross workers need your help

July 28, 2017
Members of CUPE Local 1816 have been involved in a lengthy labour dispute with Pacific Blue Cross over the company’s decision to claw back retiree benefits for current employees. PBC has refused to withdraw this serious concession and will not attend the bargaining table unless the union accepts the concession.   Since July 7, these workers have been locked out by the company. During this period, all benefit claims for PBC members have been processed by non-union exempt employees of Pacific Blue Cross.  

BC FED Young Workers' School at Camp Jubilee

July 25, 2017
BC FED Young Workers' School at Camp Jubilee - Registration Now Open

HSA donates to Red Cross wildfire relief efforts

July 18, 2017
HSA's Board and Directors has made a donation of $15,000 to the Canadian Red Cross to help support the thousands of British Columbians affected by the BC wildfires.