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HSA celebrates Nursing Week: Psych Nurses are a leading force for change

May 6, 2013
In celebrating Nursing Week, HSA President Reid Johnson thanks Registered Psychiatric Nurses across the province for their expertise and dedication. "The theme of this year's Nursing Week is 'a leading force for change,' and BC's psych nurses are lighting the way," Johnson said. "With their specialized intensive training, Registered Psychiatric Nurses have long been recognized as the caregivers of choice in mental health," he said.

Vote early in the provincial election

May 6, 2013
HSA members are urged to vote in the provincial election. The outcome of this election will have a profound effect on the health care and community services our members provide, as well as other public services that our families, friends and communities rely on. Eligible voters may vote on the general voting day, May 14, or may vote between 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. local time on any of the following advance voting days:

HSA offers scholarships for Summer Institute for Union Women

May 3, 2013
June 25 – 29, 2013 - University of Washington, Seattle The Summer Institute for Union Women (SIUW) is a 4-day residential school designed to empower women as leaders in the labour movement through participatory education and community-building. Participants will work on:

Wage increase for Health Science Professionals

April 26, 2013
Under the terms of the new collective agreement, a further wage increase of 1 per cent for all members,  excluding pharmacists, is effective the first pay period after April 1, 2013, which is the pay period of April 12 to April 25, 2013. Members are encouraged to check their pay stubs to ensure the increases are applied effective April 12, 2013.

Transitioning to a 37.5 hour work week

April 25, 2013
To realize wage gains won through bargaining, health professionals are moving to a 37.5 hour workweek. In bargaining, the employers agreed to a cooperative, consultative process when implementing the 37.5 hour workweek. In this process, staff, supervisors and managers will consult in each department, section or work unit that has a current schedule with extended workdays (i.e. workdays of more than 7.5 hours per day) and revise the schedules.

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.