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Scholarships and bursaries available for HSA members and their families

December 13, 2012
HSA is offering scholarships and bursaries to all members and their children.  Ten scholarships will be awarded for full-time studies, twenty bursaries for full-time studies and four bursaries for part-time studies.  Two aboriginal scholarships will be awarded to aboriginal students in BC. The criteria and details are set out on the application forms (below). Completed application forms and transcripts must be emailed to the HSA office no later than Friday, February 28, 2013.

Community social services: Thirteen in Victoria targeted for strike action on Thursday, December 13

December 13, 2012
Thursday saw the largest strike action undertaken by Community Social Services workers since they began rotating job actions almost two months ago. Workers from thirteen agencies are off the job December 13, sending a strong message to government: stop putting vulnerable families last, and provide the resources needed to improve wages and working conditions. A multi-union event took place from 10 am - 2 pm on Douglas Street at Centennial Square, where members served hot food and distributed warm clothing. Supporters joined them at noon.

Union backs off hospital job action

December 13, 2012
South Delta Leader  The union representing health science professionals in B.C. has called off job action that cancelled or postponed some medical procedures at Delta Hospital last week, but workers remain without a contract with the province. The Health Sciences Association of B.C. (HSABC) triggered a job action across the province last Thursday and Friday, despite the fact both sides have agreed to mediation.

Job action isn't hitting local labs; New offer enough to stall walk-out, but not enough to end bargaining

December 13, 2012
Westside Weekly  Laboratory services are running normally this week, Interior Health says. Unionized health-care workers have decided not to withdraw their services to back contract demands. Members of the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association had threatened to walk off the job, leaving only emergency service levels in place at IH labs.

Job action shuts hospital imaging for the day; Non-essential procedures cancelled last Friday as Delta Hospital targeted in rotating work stoppages

December 12, 2012
The Delta Optimist Delta Hospital was targeted for job action last Friday Patients scheduled for medical imaging procedures were notified their appointments had been cancelled. The Health Sciences Association (HSA), represented by the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association (HSPBA), last week said rotating strikes at various facilities would take place on Thursday and Friday.

Firefighters who refuse flu shot can don masks; Region's fire departments offer options to protect public safety

December 12, 2012
Times Colonist (Victoria) Expect to see some Greater Victoria firefighters wearing surgical masks this flu season. Greater Victoria fire chiefs have endorsed a policy patterned after one used by the B.C. Ambulance Service, in which members who choose not to get flu shots are required to wear surgical masks when attending to ill people, the elderly or when entering patient care facilities. The requirement to wear a mask will be in effect only during flu season, which runs from late November through March.

Horns blare support for striking workers

December 12, 2012
Campbell River Courier-Islander Car horns were blaring on Dogwood Street on Monday, not because of the traffic lights but in support for the community social services workers who staged a one day walk out and picket line at Dogwood and 3rd Avenue. Cherie Dobbie, Chair of the local BC Government Employees Union said that community social services workers such as speech and occupational therapists, semi independent living support workers, infant development workers and children's support workers are the lowest paid in the entire public sector.

Community Social Services: helping those in need while on strike

December 12, 2012
Community social services workers who continue to provide vital services despite being on strike since mid-October are taking their job action to a new level on Wednesday (December 12), holding a public action in Nanaimo aimed at sending a strong message to the provincial government: stop putting vulnerable families last!

Therefore be it resolved

December 11, 2012
HSA members will soon be preparing for the 2013 HSA Convention, to be held April 18 - 20, 2013 at the Fairmont Hotel (Vancouver Hotel) in Vancouver. Annual convention is the union's annual meeting where chapter representatives from around the province determine the union's future direction. Policies, actions, constitutional amendments, and structural changes are all discussed and debated at convention.

Health workers union rejects contract offer

December 11, 2012
The Globe and Mail By Rod Mickleburgh In a reaction perhaps unique in labour annals, negotiators for the Health Sciences Association are so outraged by the provincial governments last contract offer that they have called off their latest round of job action.