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Benefits protected as HSPBA transitions to a joint benefits trust

February 9, 2016
Health science professionals will soon have greater control over their benefits thanks to a new joint benefits trust. The trustees will become part of an innovative and progressive approach that gives them the flexibility to design a benefit structure that aligns with members' needs. It is fitting that health science professionals were first to sign onto this initiative, given how central innovation is in their day to day practice.

Job application process fully open to HSA members after BC Nurses union tries to restrict access to jobs

February 4, 2016
After continued pressure by HSA and two rulings from the Labour Relations Board, all nurses now have access to apply for some of the new permanent jobs announced by the government last month. The job application process is back open to HSA members after HSA was forced to complain to the Labour Relations Board to ensure the BC Nurses campaign to award only nurses who belong to that union access to jobs announced as part of the 2012 Nurse Bargaining Association collective agreement. 

Community Social Services Wage Increases to Take Effect on April 1, 2016

February 2, 2016
We're happy to announce that on April 1, 2016, the first of three compensation comparability wage increases for Community Social Services (CSS) workers will take effect. This 2.5% increase, combined with the Economic Stability Dividend of .45% will result in an increase for all members covered by the Community Living Services and General Services collective agreements.

Recommendations to improve child and youth mental health must be implemented

January 28, 2016
The 23 recommendations made by the BC Legislature’s Committee on Children and Youth are critical to addressing the current crisis in mental health services for children and youth.

PHSA Lab Redesign update: Job Fair proceeds February 3 and 4

January 28, 2016
As a result of the Section 54 issued in February of 2015, the PHSA laboratory redesign will now be proceeding, starting with a Phase One job fair February 3 and 4, 2016. If you are not available February 3 or 4 please ensure that you speak with PHSA redesign and your HSA LRO. On January 25, 2016, PHSA issued a memo and a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document. In addition, a seniority list was posted.

HSA fighting for the rights of RPNs to apply for jobs without disclosing private information to BCNU

January 27, 2016
HSA is aware that the BC Nurses Union is soliciting HSA members to apply for more than 1,500 nursing jobs announced jointly with the provincial government last week. The jobs are to replace the use of casual nurses and overtime to address staffing challenges in nursing across the province.

OH&S Steward Training Victoria, April 4-5, 2016

January 27, 2016
Occupational health and safety is important to HSA members. Safety stewards and representatives on joint OH&S committees play a vital role in promoting a safe work environment and preventing injuries. HSA is offering the following OH&S workshop in Victoria for stewards and representatives on joint occupational health and safety committees in Regions 1 & 2.  This workshop is participatory and discussion-oriented, providing an opportunity to examine examples from your own workplace.

2016 OH&S Steward Training

January 22, 2016
Occupational health and safety is important to HSA members. Safety stewards and representatives on joint OH&S committees play a vital role in promoting a safe work environment and preventing injuries.   HSA is offering the following OH&S workshops in the New Westminster office. These workshops are participatory and discussion-oriented, providing an opportunity to examine examples from your own workplace.

Nominations open for HSA board members in Regions 2, 4, 6, 8, & 10

January 22, 2016
This year, Regional Director elections will take place in Regions 2, 4, 6, 8, and 10.  All HSA members in these regions are encouraged to put their name forward for these important positions. The Board of Directors meets quarterly, and directors take an active leadership role in representing the union.  They receive wage replacement at their regular rate of pay for the time they spend in official meetings.  Part-time and casual members are reimbursed as if they were at work during the meetings they attend.

Apply now for community social service education funds

January 21, 2016
The Community Social Services Labour Adjustment and Education Fund Committee is calling for new applications from members working in the community social services sector. Applicants must:

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