News & Updates

The Municipal Pension Plan has scheduled seminars for HSA members as follows: Tuesday, September 15: Victoria Thursday, September 17: HSA Office Tuesday, September 22: Campbell River Monday, October 5: Nanaimo Thursday, October 8: HSA Office Wednesday, October 14: Chilliwack Tuesday, October 20: Nelson Tuesday, October 27: Prince George Thursday, October 29: Kelowna Tuesday, November 3: Cranbrook Monday, November 9: HSA...

Registration Information: Stewards may register by logging into My Events Registration . Workshops will be listed under Steward Education events. Basic Steward Training Stewards play a vital role in the union. Particularly important is the steward's role in contract interpretation, organizing and the grievance procedure. In recognition of the need for educating new stewards in these areas, HSA is offering...

HSA REPORT MAGAZINE, JUNE 2015 HSA provides members and their children with several scholarships and bursaries for education. Scholarships are adjudicated by the union's education commiittee. Applications for 2016 will be accepted beginning in January 2016. Check for details at http://www.hsabc.org/member-benefits/scholarships-and-bursaries SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS Shaelin Bishop, child of Maria Bishop, RPN, Lions Gate Hospital Robyn Boudreau, child of Jody Boudreau, physiotherapist...

The 2014-2019 HSPBA collective agreement includes provisions committing the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association (HSPBA) and Health Employers' Association of BC (HEABC) to establish the Joint Health Science Benefits Trust (JHSBT) for provision of health and welfare benefits. The JHSBT will be governed by a Board of Trustees with an equal number of trustees appointed by HSPBA and HEABC, and...

HSA REPORT MAGAZINE, JUNE 2015 BY DENNIS BLATCHFORD HSA PENSIONS AND BENEFITS ADVOCATE Q: I understand there was a presentation on the new health and welfare trust at the recent HSA annual convention. What were the highlights? Yes, members of the Joint Health Sciences Benefit Trust (JHSBT) Working Group did a report out at the HSA convention in early May...

HSA REPORT MAGAZINE, JUNE 2015 By Val Avery, President Once again, I am honoured to have been elected to serve as your president. These are challenging times for people who work in health care and community social services. These are challenging times for unions. But we've proven that we can overcome these challenges – when we work together. We may...

HSA REPORT MAGAZINE, JUNE 2015 When Rachel Notley made history on May 5, no one was prouder than the HSA staff and members who worked with her back in the day. Notley, who led Alberta's New Democrats from four seats to government, ending 44 years of Progressive Conservative rule, worked at HSA from 1994 to 2002, representing injured workers and...

HSA REPORT MAGAZINE, JUNE 2015 Val Avery was re-elected president of HSA by delegates attending convention in May. In her remarks just prior to balloting, she spoke of how er roots in the labour movement fuel her determination to fight for the future of HSA members. The full text of her speech follows. ------- My community for the first 18...

HSA REPORT MAGAZINE, JUNE 2015 BY CAROL RIVIERE The upcoming federal election is an opportunity for all of us to take a stand on issues that matter. Issues like child care, good jobs, retirement security, and health care matter to Canadians, and in this election voters have a chance to make a better choice. For the very young and their...

HSA REPORT MAGAZINE, JUNE 2015 BY LAURA BUSHEIKIN Stasia Hasumi, a Crisis Intervention Support Worker at the Comox Valley Transition Society, has plenty of high-stress moments at work. As a front-line worker at a 12-bed transition house for women and children, she needs to respond moment-by-moment to the needs of women facing danger, trauma and severely disrupted lives. "We have...