News & Updates
Teachers hold the line: rallies this week to support teachers' quest for improved classroom resources
September 2, 2014While BC schools remain closed as government tries to force teachers into dropping key bargaining demands, BC teachers are holding strong. Rallies and events to show support for teachers standing up for quality public education are set for the coming week. For details, visit the BC Teachers' Fedeartion website here: http://bctf.ca/MobilizationRallies.aspx HSA members are encouraged to show their support.
August 27, 2014Vancouver – A new Insights West poll commissioned by the B.C. Federation of Labour (BCFED) shows that parents support BC’s teachers 2-to-1 in the current dispute with the BC Liberal Government, and agree with teachers on key issues at the heart of the ongoing negotiations.
August 25, 2014Approaching retirement or want information about your pension plan? The Municipal Pension Plan is offering seminars this fall. The seminars Your Pension, Your Future(1½ hours), for new and mid-career plan members. Thinking About Retiring(2 hours), for members within five years of retirement. All plan members, including those receiving long-term disability benefits, are welcome. To view the schedule or register
August 15, 2014BC leg of campaign on income inequality launches in Victoria Saturday After hugely successful tours in the Atlantic provinces, Ontario, and Manitoba, the National Union of Public and General Employees' Fairness Express is now rolling west making its way into British Columbia. Over the months of August and September, the big green buses will be reaching out to people about why we all need to be working together to fix the problem of income inequality.
July 18, 2014NUPGE’s “Fairness Express” bus will be touring BC from August 16th to September 21st. The Fairness Express is part of our National Union’s ongoing campaign to promote income equality, fair taxation, and the value of public services and unions.
July 7, 2014HSA's annual regional fall meetings have been scheduled for September and October 2014. Regional meetings are an excellent forum for HSA members to review the issues and activities of the past year, and to discuss the opportunitie and challenges that lie ahead for the union. Delegates from in odd-numbered regions will also elect Members-at-Large to represent them on union committees.
June 25, 2014HSA members throughout the province who are running for office or working in BC’s upcoming local government elections may apply for financial support from HSA’s Political Action Fund as follows: 1. Members who are candidates may apply for up to 10 days of wage replacement and/or up to $200 to cover approved personal expenses incurred to run for office.
June 25, 2014HSA REPORT, JUNE 2014 I am deeply honoured to have been elected your president at HSA's 43rd convention in April. I've been a member of this union for 31 years, and I've served at every level – as an activist, steward, a committee member, a director on the board, as vice-president and most recently as president, appointed under the constitution when Reid Johnson decided to move on last fall.
June 23, 2014HSA will hold information meetings for Biomedical Engineering Technonologists (BMETs) this week and next to update members on the implementation of the 37.5 hour work-week and the introduction of evening shifts. The meetings are scheduled as follows. Members are invited to attend any of the three meetings. VANCOUVER: Thursday, June 26 6 – 8 p.m. Holiday Inn (Ballroom East), 711 West Broadway SURREY:
June 20, 2014HSA REPORT, jUNE 2014 Over 300 delegates from around the province gathered in April to vote overwhelmingly in favour of continuing the fight to defend public health care, the work of the Committee on Equality and Social Action, and to work to protect and improve services for patients and clients who count on the health care and community social services HSA members deliver.