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Union awaits decision on flu shot policy

October 21, 2013
In August 2012, health authorities in BC introduced a punitive seasonal flu immunization policy for health care workers. The Health Sciences Association of BC opposed the policy and launched a grievance. After 14 days of hearing the arbitrotation, the union is awaiting the arbitrator's decision. HSA impressed on the arbitrator the desire to receive a decision in advance of the declaration of flu season .

HSPBA bargaining survey now under way

October 15, 2013
HSA has contracted with Viewpoints Research to conduct a survey of HSA members covered by the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association collective agreement about issues related to upcoming contract negotiations. Your feedback is important and valuable to your bargaining committee. Note that this is one of many opportunities allowing members to share their thoughts about the upcoming bargaining, the most important of which is the upcoming bargaining proposal conference scheduled for November. Please contact your steward for more information.

Funds still available for RPN professional development

October 10, 2013
 HSA Registered Psychiatric Nurses are encouraged to access funding available through the union for professional development. “Continuing education is important to Registered Psychiatric Nurses, and HSA has structure this fund – obtained through contract bargaining – to provide access to training dollars to as many members as possible,” said HSA President Val Avery.

Applications for professional development fund for HSPBA members again available

October 10, 2013
HSA announces the second round for applications for professional development funding achieved in bargaining for the 2012-2014 HSPBA collective agreement is now open. The $225,000 Professional Development Fund is accessible for all HSPBA members, including HSA members, over the term of the collective agreement.

OHS: Sometimes there's no time to search the web

October 7, 2013
THE REPORT: OCTOBER 2013 BY DAVID DURNINGOCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY OFFICER WorkSafeBC has ruled that posters and hard copies of first aid information must be properly posted and readily available to workers throughout FHA work locations. BACKGROUND

Three candidates in Region 2 byelection

October 7, 2013
During the next several weeks, HSA members in Region 2 will have an opportunity to elect their representative on HSA’s Board of Directors. The byelection was required when Region 2 regional director Val Avery was named HSA President last month, creating a vacancy on the board of directors. The successful candidate will fill the vacancy until the end of the term, which expires at the end of the 2014 HSA Convention in April. Nominations for the position closed October 2, with three members declaring their candidacy:

Adesh Kahlon, ultrasound technologist

October 3, 2013
THE REPORT: OCTOBER 2013 BY LAURA BUSHEIKIN Ultrasound technologist Adesh Kahlon knew early on what career path she wanted. And when she got into that career, she knew, with equal clarity, that she wanted to be in a unionized workplace.

HSA's newest TV ad on air

October 2, 2013
HSA has just launched a new TV ad, and it’s being broadcast all around the province for the next six weeks. It’s our third original TV ad, all developed over the last four years as HSA’s long-term commitment to raising the profile of health science professionals and their vital role in modern health care.

Byelection called for Region 5 director

September 30, 2013
A bylection for election of Regional Director for Region 5, (primarily Provincial Health Services Authority) has been called today to fill a vacancy on the board created by the resignation of Kimball Finigan. Finigan was not able to fulfill his responsibilities as a board member for the term that expires in April 2015. Nominations for Regional Director must be received by the HSA office not later than Monday, October 21, 2013 at 5 p.m. Balloting will be completed by Monday, November 25, 2013.

Byelection called for Region 2 Regional Director

September 11, 2013
A byelection for election of Regional Director for Region 2 (lower Vancouver Island) has been called today to fill the vacancy created by the appointment of Val Avery as HSA president. Avery, who has served as HSA’s vice president since May 2009, was appointed president upon the resignation of Reid Johnson, as provided under the union’s constitution. Nominations for Regional Director must be received by the HSA office not later than Wednesday, October 2, 2013 at 5 p.m. Balloting will be completed by Wednesday, November 13, 2013.