News & Updates
December 15, 2014HSA members will soon be preparing for the 2015 HSA Convention, to be held May 1 and 2, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Vancouver. 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.
December 11, 2014The following letter from HSA President Val Avery was sent to members December 11, 2014 Dear member, Assaults on health care workers in Penticton and Kamloops have dominated the news this week. Incidents like these have become all too common in health care settings. It is time for action.
December 10, 2014The Canadian Labour Congress is offering the Frank Wall Leadership Development Scholarship to all union members interested in taking the Parliamentary Procedures and Public Speaking Course at the upcoming Canadian Labour Congress Winter School at Harrison Hot Springs.
December 10, 2014HSA 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 available on the HSA website here.
December 4, 201425 years ago, on December 6, 1989, 14 women at l'École Polytechnique de Montréal, were killed in a gender-based act of violence. They were:
December 4, 2014A National Survey on Domestic Violence The findings are shocking – one third of the respondents to a recent survey reported experiencing domestic violence at the hands of an intimate partner. More than half of those reporting abuse said that at least one type of abusive act occurred at or near their workplace. The most common types of abuse that enter a person's workplace are abusive phone calls or text messages and stalking or harassment.
December 3, 2014With time running down for the raid season, BCNU has lost another attempt to take registered psychiatric nurses out of HSA. The BCNU had tried to move members at Mission Memorial Hospital out of HSA but the Labour Board today confirmed they did not have the support of the RPNs as the vote was in favour of HSA. Earlier this year an application for Overlander Residential Care was dismissed before a vote was held due to a lack of support for BCNU.
December 2, 2014Stewards 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 four 3-day Basic Steward Training workshops at the HSA office as follows - Dates:January 19 – 21, 2015February 2 – 4, 2015February 16 – 18, 2015March 23 – 25, 2015 Location: HSA Office, 180 East Columbia Street, New Westminster
December 2, 2014HSA 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.
November 25, 2014HSA members are encouraged to take advantage of 3 opportunities to hear Dr. Danielle Martin speak in Vancouver this week.