News & Updates
November 30, 2016Printer-friendly version. Starting with the first pay period after February 1, 2017, most HSA members can expect a pay increase of 0.35% over and above the 5.5% increase rolling out over the life of the current contract.
November 28, 2016HSA REPORT MAGAZINE, DECEMBER 2016 There are a lot of good reasons to get involved in an election campaign. Many members decide to work on an election campaign because they belong to a political party, or get inspired by the party leader. Lexie Mercier, a health information management professional at the BC Cancer Agency, had a more personal reason.
November 22, 2016HSA REPORT MAGAZINE, DECEMBER 2016 Shortages of health professionals are hurting patient care and the people who deliver it. HSA is taking action by raising public awareness of how shortages create longer wait times, while mobilizing members to provide key information on where and how the resulting workload issues are happening.
November 22, 2016HSA REPORT MAGAZINE, DECEMBER 2016 When physiotherapist Fabiola Toyata returned to hospital work in Prince George after a 10-year absence, she had a bit of a rude awakening. Workload challenges, always a tough issue in healthcare, had skyrocketed in the course of a decade.
November 22, 2016HSA REPORT MAGAZINE, DECEMBER 2016 Employers in BC are legally required to investigate certain workplace incidents. Those include events involving an injury to a worker where medical treatment was required, but also include minor injuries or near-miss events that had the potential to cause serious injury. Near-miss or close call events imply that if things had gone a little bit differently, a worker could have been seriously injured or suffered a health threatening exposure.
November 17, 2016Important information about bc government changes that affect your drug coverage plan
November 16, 2016On Monday, the Vancouver Sun devoted front-page coverage to HSA's efforts to stop attacks on RPNs: http://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/violent-assaults-on-nurses-by-patients-continue-at-abbotsford-hospital
November 2, 2016With flu season around the corner, HSA members are reminded of the provincial influenza control policy in effect in BC. In spite of changes in other provinces, the flu prevention policy in BC has not changed, and health care workers who choose not to be vaccinated have options available to them, including wearing a surgical mask. Health care workers must report their vaccination status confidentially through an on-line form. FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
November 1, 2016One of Canada's best labour schools, held at Harrison Hot Springs, in January and February 2017
October 19, 2016Stewards are union representatives who offer support and advice to members. They play an essential role within HSA and the workplace by advocating for members, keeping members informed of union activities and providing democratic leadership. HSA provides training and ongoing support for members elected to these positions. Elections will be held in many HSA chapters during the coming few weeks to select members to fill the following HSA positions for the coming year: