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Province declares start of flu season; mask or vaccination policy in effect

November 28, 2014
Effective December 1, British Columbia will be in flu season, and HSA members who work in patient care areas in hospitals (ie, where patients are or are likely to be present) are reminded to be vaccinated against influenza or, alternatively, wear a protective mask during flu season.

Convention 2015: deadline for resolutions is February 13

December 15, 2014
HSA 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.

HSA president calls for summit on violence in health care

December 11, 2014
The 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.

Community Savings Credit Union Scholarships for 2015 CLC Winter School

December 10, 2014
Community Savings Credit Union is offering three (3) scholarships to the 2015 CLC Pacific Region Winter School for the following courses: Unions in the Community, Week 4: February 10-13,  2015Candidate Development for Women, Week 4: February 10-13, 2015 Young Workers in Action, Week 5: February 15-20, 2015

Frank Wall Scholarship for 2015 CLC Winter School

December 10, 2014
The 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.

Scholarships and bursaries available for HSA members and their families

December 10, 2014
HSA 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.

25 years later: still acting to stop violence against women

December 4, 2014
25 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:

Can work be safe, when home isn't'?

December 4, 2014
 A 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.

BCNU raid of Mission Memorial fails

December 3, 2014
With 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.

2015 Basic Steward Training and Basic OH&S Steward Training

December 2, 2014
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 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

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