Menu

News & Updates

Subscribe to News & Updates

Professionals at Central Okanagan Child Development Centre on strike Wednesday

January 21, 2013
Therapists, counsellors, and other workers at Central Okanagan Child Development Centre will be off the job Wednesday, as part of rotating job action in the community social services sector. The workers are represented by the Health Sciences Association. HSA President Reid Johnson said professionals providing these crucial services deserve a fair deal. -Our members at COCDA work with infants, children, and families to provide support, therapy, and counselling," he said.  

CML members at LifeLabs locations must use alternate entrances during BCGEU job action

January 18, 2013
PLEASE FORWARD TO ALL HSA MEMBERS AT CMLCML members at LifeLabs locations must use alternate entrances during BCGEU job action BCGEU members who work at private medical laboratories owned by LifeLabs will begin rotating strikes at various LifeLabs locations on Monday, January 21 and Tuesday, January 22.

Information session on Community Health Services and Support tentative agreement

January 18, 2013
Information session on Community Health Services and Support tentative agreement HSA and other unions in the Community Bargaining Association are hosting a Telephone Town Hall to provide members with information about the new CBA tentative agreement, as follows: Wednesday, January 237:00 pm, PST Members of the union bargaining committee will be available to answer your questions regarding the new agreement.

HSP Members invited to complete survey on negotiations

January 17, 2013
As you know, the Health Sciences Association is currently attempting to negotiate a new employment contract with the BC government. Last month, after months with no offers from the government, HSA led a series of rotating strikes involving members like you. The strikes were called off when the government tabled a new offer. Wed like to find out more about what you think about the offer made by the government. We will be conducting an on-line poll over a two week period beginning Friday and ending on February 1 at 5:00 pm.

Community Health Services and Support: Vote -YES" for tentative settlement

January 17, 2013
As outlined earlier this week, the multi-union Community Health Services and Support Bargaining Association has reached a tentative collective agreement with the Health Employers Association of BC (HEABC). After meeting this week, HSAs board of directors recommends support for the tentative contract.

Community social services: strike action to escalate

January 16, 2013
The multi-union community social services bargaining association is planning for a strategic escalation of job action. Job action in coming weeks will highlight the diversity and scope of crucial services that members provide, including: - assistance, shelter, and counselling for women and children fleeing violence- infant development consultation and therapy- counselling and guidance for youth at risk- residential and other care for developmentally challenged adults- early childhood education, supported child development, autism intervention

Fraser Health: masks required during declared flu outbreak

January 16, 2013
This fall, HSA successfully led negotiations with the Ministry of Health to eliminate the punitive aspects of BCs new policy on mandatory flu vaccinations  Click here to read bulletin on flu vaccination policy November 30 

Celebrating International Womens Day ... Knowing Our History -- Inspired to Change our Future

January 16, 2013
HSA invites women in our union to join us to celebrate International Womens Day.  Building on last year's success, HSA will be holding a two day workshop to celebrate International Women's Day, and learn about Women For Change on March 7 and 8, 2013 at the HSA office. Through this workshop, HSA is providing the opportunity for members to combine IWD events and in-house HSA training.

Community Health Services and Support: Tentative deal reached

January 15, 2013
The multi-union Community Health Services and Support Bargaining Association has reached a tentative collective agreement with the Health Employers Association of BC (HEABC). The two-year proposed agreement covers more than 14,000 workers in community health, and comes after one year of difficult negotiations. The agreement achieves members' key priorities including an across-the-board wage increase while protecting health and welfare benefits. Highlights include:

Families First? Shortsighted government underfunding means thousands of special-needs children awaiting therapy

January 15, 2013
For immediate release:  January 15, 2013 British Columbians were dismayed to learn from a CBC Go Public report this week that families with autistic children are having to wait as long as two and a half years for crucial speech language therapy. Click here to read CBCs Go Public Report: -Child who doesn't speak waits 2½ years for therapy"