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Safer and Healthier Workplaces — Just One Election Away

April 24, 2015
Every year, thousands of Canadians are killed or injured on the job or die from work-related diseases. Yet, this is something few of us think about when we mark our ballots at election time. This year, Canadians have an opportunity to elect a new federal government. Let's make sure that the people we vote for will go to Parliament and ensure the next government will properly enforce health and safety laws, including the criminal code when necessary.

HSA offers scholarships for Summer Institute for Union Women - June 23-27, 2015

April 24, 2015
June 23-27, 2015 Reed College campus, Portland, OregonFighting for a Fair Future The Summer Institute for Union Women (SIUW) is a 4-day residential school designed to empower women as leaders in the labour movement through participatory education and community-building. See the University of Oregon website for more details.

Wage increase in effect in first full pay period of April

April 20, 2015
Under the terms of the collective agreements, a general wage increase of 1 per cent for all members covered by the Health Science Professionals (HSPBA), Community Social Services (CSSBA), and Community Health Services and Support (CBA) contracts takes effect the first pay period after April 1, 2015. A majority of employers have the first full pay period as April 11 - 25, so the wage increase takes effect in that pay period.

Thinking about retiring or new to your pension plan? Regular seminars offered

April 14, 2015
HSA members covered by the Municipal Pension Plan are reminded about free seminars offered by your pension plan, the Municipal Pension Plan. There are still spots available for members within five years of retirement at seminars in Chetwyn, Slamon Arm, Fort St. John, Revelstoke, Surrey, Vernon, and Nelson in May. For members who are new- or mid-careet, seminars explaining pension benefits and providing information about decision-making today that affects your future are available in Trail, Victoria, Terrace, Smithers, Langley, and Burnaby in April and May.

HSA PRESIDENT AVERY SAYS SUMMIT ON VIOLENCE "A GOOD START"

April 7, 2015
HSA President Val Avery said she is pleased to have attended today's BC government summit on violence in the health care system. The summit, hosted by Health Minister Terry Lake in response to Avery's recent call for action, included representatives from other health care unions, health authorities, occupational health and safety experts and other industry stakeholders.

BC government acts on HSA call for summit on violence in health care

April 2, 2015
Following HSA President Val Avery's proposal, Health Minister Terry Lake will convene a summit to address the continuing problem of violence in health care workplaces. The provincial government has invited HSA to help conduct the day-long solutions-oriented discussion Tuesday April 7 in Richmond.

EDMP program expanding to support more HSA members

April 2, 2015
Members at a number of affiliate employers under the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association, the Nurses Bargaining Association and the Community Bargaining Association collective agreements.will soon be participating in the Enhanced Disability Management Program.

On track for establishing a joint health science benefits trust by April 2016

March 27, 2015
A Working Group established as part of the 2014-2019 Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association collective agreement has been working for the past year to take the steps required to establish a Joint Health Science Benefits Trust, which will be a jointly trusteed plan to administer members’ benefits.

PHSA Lab Redesign update March 27

March 27, 2015
Members holding a Chief Medical Technologist position can now breathe a little easier, given PHSA's agreement to have a Chief Medical Technologist position at every facility within its Lower Mainland Pathology & Laboratory Services. PHSA intends to title the position "Site Supervisor".

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