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Sick of the flu shot; Some health care workers in the Peace Region against mandatory vaccination

October 26, 2012
Alaska Highway News As flu season begins, the recent decision to require health care workers to either take the vaccine or wear a mask is being challenged by the Health Sciences Association (HSA). The unpopular measure has divided medical professionals in the Peace Region. "We're being asked to put something in our body (and) we have no idea where it's coming from," said one local health care worker, and member of the HSA.

Health union fighting needle-or-mask flu edict

October 25, 2012
Surrey North Delta Leader Byline: Jeff Nagel  Health care workers say a government order that they get the flu shot or else wear a mask this flu season amounts to a violation of their personal privacy. The Health Sciences Association of B.C. has filed a grievance on behalf of its members, who include various lab and imaging technologists, pharmacists and therapists.

Last Call for HSA Election Campaign School

October 25, 2012
HSA is holding a 2-day, non-partisan election campaign school for members interested in working on election campaigns or running for political office.  The school will focus on opportunities for HSA members to be involved in the May 2013 provincial election, but will also touch on municipal and federal elections.  If you want to help elect representatives who will support public health care and community social services, or are considering running for elected office, then this campaign school is for you!

2013 Canadian Labour Congress Winter School

October 24, 2012
One of Canadas best labour schools, held at Harrison Hot Springs, in January and February 2013 The CLC Winter School offers a wide variety of week-long, quality labour oriented courses. To support HSAs ability to represent HSA members effectively and to help build a stronger union, members and/or stewards can apply to take courses chosen to meet these objectives. HSA offers a number of scholarships which cover full reimbursement for wages, travel, registration, accommodation (twin), meals and dependant care. In addition, HSA provides one Ann Hallman Scholarship.

Labour College of Canada - 2013 Intensive Program - A College for Workers - A Legacy of Leadership

October 24, 2012
A College for Workers - A Legacy of Leadership2013 Intensive Program Dates:First Session:  May 4-18, 2013Second Session:  August 11-23, 2013 Application Deadline:  November 5, 2012 For more information, please click here.

Union cites possible 'philosophical or religious objections' as B.C. nurses balk at forced flu vaccinations

October 23, 2012
National Post Despite accusations that they are "killers of the sick and elderly," a growing number of B.C. health-care workers are resisting a mandatory flu shot, arguing that it is an issue of personal choice. And now, a union representing thousands of health-care workers in the province, is telling them they have a right to opt out, even if that potentially works against public health efforts to stop the spread of the disease.

Community Health Services and Support: bargaining team meets to discuss next steps

October 23, 2012
The Community Bargaining Association (CBA) ... representing 14,000 community health services and support workers ... met on October 18 to discuss next steps in trying to achieve a collective agreement with the Health Employers Association of British Columbia (HEABC). No new bargaining dates have been set. So far, significant progress has been made in resolving many of the non-monetary issues, including the renewal of many Memoranda of Understanding attached to the collective agreement, and improvements to the grievance and arbitration provisions.

Community Social Services job action a success; continues this week

October 23, 2012
Summary High profile targeted strike action by community social service workers took place in Vancouver, Kamloops and Prince George last week, with considerable public support and excellent media coverage; Political action also took place today at Social Development Minister Moira Stillwells office in Vancouver; Further targeted job action will take place late this week, with details to be announced. Last week

Working together against workplace violence: HSA sponsors international conference

October 23, 2012
How do we work together against violence in health care workplaces? For the first time ever, the annual international conference to counter violence in the health sector is taking place in North America. More than 470 participants from around the world have gathered at the Sheraton Airport Hotel in Richmond to hear from experts and take part in workshops at the Violence in the Health Sector ... Linking Local Initiatives with Global Learning conference.

B.C. nurses vote in favour of negotiated contract

October 19, 2012
timescolonist.com Byline: Cindy E. Harnett  B.C. nurses have voted in favour of a two-year contract negotiated last month with the Health Employers' Association of B.C. More than 32,000 registered nurses and psychiatric nurses across B.C. voted almost 85 per cent to ratify a contract that will boost their pay and replace nurses on holiday or sick leave. In the first year of the contract, nurses will have no wage increase. A three per cent increase will kick in on April 1, 2013.