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What are my rights and obligations during a flood?

Many HSA members have questions about their rights and obligations in the event of a flood or other emergency. Click \"read more\" for a copy of HSA's Q&A on this topic which will appear in next month's issue of The Report.

Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association (HSPBA) 2006-2010 contracts now available for all members

The final version of the 2006-2010 Collective Agreement between the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association and the Health Employers Association of B.C. has been delivered to employers throughout the province for distribution.

Employers have accepted responsibility for distribution of the contract to members.

If you have not yet received a copy of your collective agreement, please be in touch with your facilitys human resources department.

CML collective bargaining on hold as HSA awaits decision on Lower Mainland certification

Bargaining for a collective agreement between HSA and CML Healthcare on Vancouver Island has been put on hold as the Labour Relations Board deliberates an application by HSA to include CML employees at Lower Mainland locations in the Vancouver Island bargaining unit.

In January, HSA made an application to include Lower Mainland CML Healthcare employees in the existing Vancouver Island HSA bargaining unit. CML has opposed the application, arguing that Island and Lower Mainland employees should not be allowed to bargain together for improvements to wages and working conditions.

Pension backgrounders released today

Ottawa ... In an effort to help build the knowledge base and skill level of union activists around critical issues in the field of pensions, the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is producing a series of Pensions Backgrounders.

The first two documents of the series ... Pensions Are Important and A Brief History of Pensions in Canada  ... are being released today.

Continue reading here. (Link to NUPGE website)

Learn about candidates for president at pizza lunch March 29

HSA members at Vancouver Hospital are invited to enjoy a pizza lunch at meeting for a report on the presidential all-candidates' meetings held in March.

In addition to the report, members will have an opportunity to discuss resolutions to HSA's annual convention April 19-21.

Date: Thursday, March 29
Time: 12 noon to 1 p.m.
Place: Radiology Seminar Room

(Jim Pattison Pavilion, Ground Floor Room G884. Off the North hallway from the Diamond Courtyard)


Meet the candidates for HSA president

As of March 1, 2007, seven HSA members have been nominated to run for the position of HSA president. The new president will be elected Saturday, April 21 by delegates to HSA's 36th annual convention in Vancouver.

Register now for all-candidates' meetings in HSA election

The registration deadline is fast-approaching for attendance at the alll-candidates' meetings in HSA's election for a new president for the first time in 14 years, as Cindy Stewart has announced she will not be seeking re-election. 

A series of three all-candidates' meetings to give convention delegates an opportunity to meet the presidential candidates, hear their vision for the union and ask questions has been scheduled as follows:

Retirement planning: Municipal Pension Plan seminars scheduled

The Municipal Pension Plan is hosting retirement seminars in the coming months at various locations throughout B.C.

Who can attend?
All plan members are welcome, including those receiving long-term disability (LTD) benefits. There is no charge to attend and guests and spouses are invited.

Scholarships and bursaries available for HSA members and their families

HSA is offering scholarships and bursaries to all members and their children. We will be awarding ten scholarships for full-time studies, ten bursaries for full-time studies and two aboriginal scholarships.

The criteria and details are set out on the application forms. To obtain a copy please see the HSA website: or contact your chief steward.

Radio series highlights occupational health and safety issues in health care

CBC Radio airs a three-part series on occupational health and safety issues in health care starting tonight.

The series includes a close look at occupational injury among ultrasound technologists, and features interviews with HSA members and staff,  as well as expert Judy Village, who is one of only six certified professional egonomists in British Columbia.