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April 28: National Day of Mourning for workers killed and injured on the job

April 25, 2013
On April 28, workers and their families are invited to pay tribute to those who have been injured or killed on the job, or stricken with occupational disease. Every day in Canada, three workers are killed on the job and 685 workers suffer work-related injuries or occupational diseases. Last year in British Columbia, 181 workers died as a result of workplace accidents or diseases and more than 17,000 BC workers were injured.

Community Social Services workers ratify collective agreement

April 22, 2013
Community social service workers have voted in favour of a two-year contract that provides a wage increase while protecting health and welfare benefits. Community Living workers ratified the tentative agreement by 71 percent. General Services ratified by 84 percent. The weighted average ratification vote for both sectors was 76 percent. HSA represents almost 800 community social services workers covered by these two agreements.

2013 Convention: Delegates re-elect president, vow to protect and improve patient care

April 22, 2013
More than 300 HSA union activists welcomed delegates from new certification: Whistler Health Centre. "Welcome to the family!"  

Reid Johnson re-elected president of HSA

April 20, 2013
Candidate for president Ali Rirash looks on as HSA President Reid Johnson addresses delegates   Delegates to HSA's 2013 annual convention have re-elected President Reid Johnson. Ali Rirash, a medical laboratory technologist at Victoria General Hospital, and Kevin Towhey, a medical radiation technologist at Royal Inland Hospital, also ran for the position. Delegates voted on Saturday morning.

New professional development fund for HSA registered psychiatric nurses

April 19, 2013
HSA announced today the establishment of a $120,000 Professional Development Fund accessible to all registered psychiatric nurses who are members of HSA. The funds, achieved through collective bargaining, may be used to cover professional development courses and events. HSA will cover the cost of tuition, registration fees, books and related expenses to a maximum of $500. Application deadline is December 31, 2013.

HSA annual union convention kicks off Friday

April 18, 2013
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Agreement reached on process to implement 37.5 hour work week

April 17, 2013
The spirit of the negotiated agreement surrounding the change from a 36-hour to a 37.5-hour work week was confirmed this week as the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association (HSPBA) and Health Employers Association of BC (HEABC) reached agreement on a process to implement the 37.5 hour work week agreed to in the recently ratified collective agreement.

Women's Committee survey: identifying barriers to participation

April 15, 2013
Have you ever considered getting more involved in the union but felt you couldn't, for a variety of reasons? The Women's Committee of the Health Sciences Association of BC is conducting a survey of women in the union to identify barriers that may keep them from participating in union leadership roles and/or union activities (eg meetings, education). The Women's Committee hopes to use the survey results in working to eliminate these barriers. We will be conducting an on-line poll beginning Monday and ending on May 1. Your responses will be kept confidential.

Liberal government and BCNU work together to turn collective bargaining structure on its head, says HSA

April 15, 2013
Following a consultation process that can only be described as a sham, BC Health Minister Margaret MacDiarmid – on the day before the current government dissolves – announced today the enactment of legislation that dramatically changes the structure of collective bargaining in health care, HSA President Reid Johnson said today.

HSA welcomes new members at Whistler Health Centre

April 15, 2013
THE REPORT: APRIL 2013 Medical Laboratory technologists at (PHSA) Whistler Health Care Centre joined HSA on February 27. The employees approached HSA about becoming members of the union and the decision to join was unanimous. This new chapter is a first – no other employees of Whistler Health Care Centre are unionized.