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Reid Johnson steps down as president of HSA

September 11, 2013
HSA's Board of Directors announces the resignation of President Reid Johnson effective today, September 11, 2013. As provided under the union's constitution, vice president Val Avery, a physiotherapist at Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria, steps in as the new president. An election will be held at the union's April 2014 annual convention.

RPNs not affected by voting ordered by Labour Relations Board

September 6, 2013
RPN members have expressed concern that an upcoming round of votes ordered by the Labour Relations Board will result in HSA members becoming members of another union. This is not the case. The votes will not involve RPNs, and to date, the Labour Relations Board has not given any indication that its decision will have any bearing on HSA's right to continue to represent RPN members. BACKGROUND

Celebrate Labour Day with BC's unions

August 29, 2013
BC's unions invite you to the Annual Labour Day Picnic Monday, September 2 at 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.at John Hendy Park at Trout Lake in Vancouver. The famil-oriented day will feature music by Jim Byrnes, No Sinner, and Bend Sinister By sktrain: get off at Broadway Station. The park is at 12th Avenue and Grandview Highway. Free hot dogs, face painting , and kids' games along with community and union information booths. Come out and celebrate unions, who brought us the weekend!

Labbatt brewery workers need your support

August 16, 2013
The Canadian (CLC) has endorsed a national consumer boycott of the following Labatt imported products:

Members vote to accept four-year collective agreement at Paragon Orthotic Lab

August 6, 2013
HSA members at Paragon Orthotic Lab in Victoria, a manufacturer of custom footwear orthotics, have voted unanimously in favour of accepting a four-year collective agreement. Highlights of the agreement include wage increases equal to the cost of living, or a minimum of 2 per cent, in the third and fourth years of the agreement, in addition to increased benefit coverage in the third and fourth years of the agreement. The benefit coverage improvements include increases in dental coverage, as well as the introduction of eyeglass coverage for employees’ spouses.

Four in ten Canadians willing to change their vote if there is no national plan for the future of health care

July 26, 2013
http://healthcoalition.ca/new-poll-carries-stark-warning-to-harper/

HSA Political Action Fund available to support members in upcoming municipal by-elections

July 23, 2013
HSA members throughout the province who are running for office or working in upcoming municipal by-elections may apply to HSA for financial support from HSA's Political Action Fund. Municipal, Board of Education and Regional District elections 1. Members who are candidates in a civic election may apply for up to 5 days of wage replacement and/or up to $200 to cover approved personal expenses incurred to run for office.

Closure of child psychiatry inpatient program at BC Children’s Hospital puts vulnerable children at risk, say youth and family counsellors

July 19, 2013
Families and advocates for children with serious mental health challenges are speaking out against a month-long closure of the child psychiatry inpatient unit at BC Children’s Hospital. The month-long closure from July 19 to August 19 is to allow for a redesign of the treatment model used at the unit. The program is being redesigned from a 24/7 inpatient program to a Monday to Friday day program. The redesign includes reducing the number of Youth and Family Counsellors (YFCs) from the health care team working with the children aged 5 to 12 years old and their families.

Community living and family service programs may be cut as government fails to provide promised bridge funding

July 15, 2013
Services for vulnerable families may be cut across B.C. following the government's failure to provide bridge funding for a 1.5 per cent wage increase that was negotiated for frontline workers earlier this year, the Community Social Services Bargaining Association says.

All community social services workers deserve their negotiated wage increase

July 9, 2013
The Community Social Services Bargaining Association, the multi-union bargaining association that represents community social services workers, is working to ensure that all community social service workers receive the wage increase they are entitled to as of April 1, 2013 without any cuts to agency programs or services.