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Members invited to share priorities for health science professionals bargaining

June 28, 2017
HSA’s board of directors has set a plan to consult with members in advance of contract negotiations for health science professionals in 2018. Although the current HSPBA collective agreement is not due to expire until March 31, 2019, the union’s leadership wants to ensure members share their ideas on how to improve the strained health care system in British Columbia through innovative agreements with government and health care employers.  

An historic opportunity

June 13, 2017
HSA REPORT MAGAZINE, JUNE 2017 BY VAL AVERY, PRESIDENT It wasn't easy to figure out what was going on during election night, but it was apparent right away that BC had voted for change.

What does the election outcome mean for HSA?

June 12, 2017
HSA REPORT MAGAZINE, JUNE 2017 Nobody can remember a provincial election like this one. Most election results can be called about an hour after the polls close on election day. This one left people guessing for weeks. And while the exceptionally close results mean it’s hard to predict what will happen in the longer term, the governing agreement between the NDP and the Greens holds significant promise for health care and community social services in BC.

John Hindle, respiratory therapist

June 12, 2017
HSA REPORT MAGAZINE, JUNE 2017 BY LAURA BUSHEIKIN When respiratory therapist John Hindle first got involved in HSA as a shop steward, his goal was fairly modest. "I just wanted to help resolve some problems at my workplace," says Hindle. But once he started learning about union issues, Hindle wanted more.

A membership mosaic

June 9, 2017
HSA REPORT MAGAZINE, JUNE 2017 Recognition of diversity is now essential to the health of our society and the strength of organizations. Today, leading institutions seek to understand the unique experience of their members in order to better represent and serve them.

Supporting early childhood education

June 9, 2017
HSA REPORT MAGAZINE, JUNE 2017 HSA President Val Avery was invited to speak as a special guest at the Early Childhood Educators of BC conference in May. HSA served as a sponsor for the conference and Avery took part in a panel discussion on building professionalism.

HSA Basic Steward Training and OH&S Steward Training Fall 2017 Dates

June 8, 2017
Please note: training dates for 2018 will be posted soon

Scholarships and Bursaries - Updates and Approaching Deadlines

June 8, 2017
HSA offers and provides access to scholarships and bursaries to all members and their children throughout the year.  Please note below the announcement of a new scholarship, a reminder of approaching deadlines, and a reminder of an open call for an HSA scholarship. *New* CLC/UWCC POST-SECONDARY SCHOLARSHIP

Horgan pledges "I've got your back"

June 8, 2017
HSA REPORT MAGAZINE, JUNE 2017 BC NDP Leader John Horgan pledged to fight for public servants during a speech to HSA convention delegates in May. "The people in this room, and the people outside this room, who work every day for a living, have not had someone watching their back," said Horgan. "I will have your back, and I'll be fighting for you every step of the way."

Violence is pandemic among HSA members

June 6, 2017
HSA REPORT MAGAZINE, JUNE 2017 BY GERI GRIGGHSA OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY OFFICER On March 13, the Toronto Star printed an article calling the incidence of violence toward health and social services workers an epidemic. HSA disagrees. The incidents of violence occurring in all HSA worksites, without a common cause is a pandemic.