HSA in the News
April 15, 2013Health Minister Margaret MacDiarmid on Monday announced that new nursing legislation had been signed into law, bringing licensed practical nurses under the same bargaining structure as the B.C. Nurses’ Union.
March 13, 2013Vancouver Sun By: Darryl Walker, Barry O'Neill and Bonnie Pearson And Reid Johnson
March 7, 2013Penticton Herald More than 100 people didn't let a light rain dampen their enthusiasm for the proposed $300-million expansion of Penticton Regional Hospital. The placard-waving crowd turned out for Wednesday's outdoor rally next to the hospital, reiterating previous calls for provincial government money for the project. Dozens of passing motorists honked their horns in support. The rally followed the recent provincial budget, which contained no designated funding towards a new ambulatory care tower at PRH.
March 6, 2013Times Colonist (Victoria) Workers who care for some of the province's most vulnerable citizens have reached a tentative two-year deal with the B.C. government. The agreement calls for community social service workers to receive 1.5 per cent wage increases on April 1 and Jan. 1, 2014. In response to one of the unions' key demands, entry-level workers will get an additional 1.5 per cent hike on April 1. Union officials had complained that the starting wage in the sector had declined over the past decade to $15.54 an hour from $16.83 in 2002.
February 26, 2013castanet.net The public is invited to disco dance for a good cause in Penticton on Thursday night. The South Okanagan Victim Assistance Society is holding SOVAS Goes Disco to benefit its financially challenged men's counselling program. “We are desperate for funding to keep this going,” said Amberlee Erdmann, resource development coordinator for SOVAS. “Our hope is the community comes together to support our men's counselling program by having a fun night.”
February 2, 2013Prince George Citizen The tentative deal between the Health Sciences Association of BC and the provincial government is set to run until March 2014, an incorrect date appeared in a story in Friday's Citizen. Also the union represents a number of medical professionals including lab and radiation technologists. An incorrect description of their job title appeared in the story.
Striking disability staff walk out; Community service workers getting paid a dollar per hour less than 11 years ago
February 1, 2013Richmond News Dozens of community social services workers, many from the Developmental Disabilities Association (DDA), went on a one-day strike Wednesday morning outside the DDA head office on Shell Road. DDA executive director Alanna Hendren was present and spoke to media and workers about the starting wages that are $15.54 an hour, down from $16.83 in 2002. "During a time when the cost of living has increased by 18 per cent, this has to change," said Hendren who added her and the board of directors have no input into pay levels.
February 1, 2013Prince George Citizen Health science professionals will work longer hours, but get higher base pay, if a tentative deal announced Thursday is ratified.
January 30, 2013New Westminster News Leader Health Sciences Association of British Columbia, a union with 16,000 members, will be the anchor tenant in the Brewery District's third building. Wesgroup, the project's developer, has applied to the city for a development permit to build a two-storey 27,000 square foot building on the triangular slice of land where Brunette Avenue meets East Columbia Street.
January 24, 2013The Daily Courier (Vernon) FRONT PAGE PHOTO Gary Nylander, The Vernon Daily Courier / About 70 employees of the Central Okanagan Child Development Centre, who are members of the Health Sciences Association, were off work Wednesday as part of rotating job action in B.C. The strikers were bolstered by students from Okanagan College's early childhood education program, who carried homemade signs as they waved at passing motorists along Bernard Avenue.