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Getting creative with OH&S education

December 20, 2018
GETTING CREATIVE WITH OH&S EDUCATIONSAFETY SCENARIOS, DRAWS, AND JARSBy Kiren Klair and Kristen HoneybourneThe Report, December 2018

Postal workers and the right to strike

December 20, 2018
THE RIGHT TO STRIKE:POSTAL WORKERS LEGISLATED BACK TO WORK, CONSTITUTIONAL CHALLENGE LAUNCHED The Report, December 2018 In a disturbing turn of events, Bill C-89 was passed on Nov. 26 in the Canadian Senate, forcing postal workers to return to work after five weeks of rotating strikes. The emergency bill was rushed through the House of Commons the week earlier, with the Minister of Labour, Patty Hajdu, citing concerns for businesses and consumers in the wake of the Christmas season.

The Report: HSPBA reaches tentative agreement

December 20, 2018
HEALTH SCIENCE PROFESSIONALS BARGAINING ASSOCIATION REACHES TENTATIVE AGREEMENTThe Report, December 2018 After two and a half months of bargaining, the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association (HSBA), under the leadership of the Health Sciences Association, has reached a tentative agreement with the Health Employers Association of B.C. (HEABC).

President's Report: Addressing years of erosion

December 20, 2018
ADDRESSING YEARS OF EROSIONBy HSA President Val Avery The Report, December 2018 I am pleased to report that a tentative agreement has been reached between the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association (HSPBA) and the Health Employers’ Association of British Columbia for the term of April 1, 2019 to March 31, 2022.

Providing gender-affirming care

December 20, 2018
PROVIDING GENDER-AFFIRMING CAREImproving access to health services for transand gender diverse communitiesThe Report, Dec. 2018 Trans people have been historically underserved by the province’s health system, according to HSA member Lucas Wilson, who works as a health navigator for Trans Care B.C.

Voting on health science professionals tentative agreement gets underway January 7

December 20, 2018
Community-based voting on the proposed health science professionals tentative agreement gets underway on Monday, January 7, with information meetings and voting kicking off in Vancouver at the Holiday Inn on West Broadway. The first week of meetings will be for members in Vancouver, Kelowna, Penticton, Vernon, Kamloops, Salmon Arm, Victoria, and White Rock. 

HSA Board of Directors offers a qualified recommendation to members to vote in favour of proposed 2019-2022 nurses’ contract

December 19, 2018
The Nurses Bargaining Association reached a tentative agreement with HEABC on November 25, 2018. The term of the agreement is April 1, 2019 to March 31, 2022. HSA was represented at the bargaining table by staff negotiator Alyson Warner and member representative Nicole McIntosh, an RPN at St. Paul’s Hospital. They report that they had opportunities for input and relations were cordial until the final day of bargaining, when the NBA’s chief negotiator asked for the bargaining committee to agree to a tentative agreement without sharing the details of the tentative agreement.

Nominations open for HSA president

December 12, 2018
HSA’s 2019 annual convention will include an election for the position of president. The two-year term begins at the adjournment of the 2019 convention, set for April 4 and 5, 2019 in Vancouver.   The president is HSA’s senior elected officer, and acts as the CEO of the union, overseeing the union’s day to day operations, including staffing and budget management. The president is the union’s primary spokesperson and ensures that the policies and decisions of annual conventions and the board of directors are carried out.  

HSA Social Justice Day workshop

December 12, 2018
HSA Social justice day workshop   DATE: Wednesday, February 20, 2019 TIME:  8:30am – 4:00pm     PLACE: HSA Head Office - 180 East Columbia St. New Westminster, BC

HSPBA tentative agreement details: voting meetings continue this week

December 11, 2018
In addition to a general wage increase for all members, this tentative agreement addresses issues that health science professionals have struggled with for the past two decades: valuing the important contributions of each and every member of the health care team, unsustainable workloads, chronic shortages and vacancies of critical members of the health care team, and a dysfunctional system of addressing increasing challenges in health and safety and work. Your Board of Directors recommends you vote "yes."