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President's Message: Vote for public services and an inclusive economy

By HSA President Val Avery

Voting in our Provincial Election will take place this Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020. This is one year before our next fixed-date election, which would have been on Oct. 16, 2021. The reality is that – early election call or not -- this provincial election was always going to be held during the COVID-19 pandemic.

How unionizing transformed our workplace

By Zayn Wiwchar, HSA member
In February and July of 2020, the Victoria branch staff of the Canadian Mental Health Association joined HSA and entered the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association (HSPBA) and the Community Bargaining Association (CBA) —a decision that has given me the opportunity to be a part of incredible changes in our office over the past year.

Practicing anti-racism as a health science professional

By Easter Tocol, HSA member 

“Where are you from?  No, where are you really from?”   

“I’m not a racist, I have so many friends of colour.”   

“Well, shouldn’t all lives matter?”   

These are just some of the racist microagressions that I hear every day in the workplace.  

The choice between joblessness and risky work

By Jill Slind, Co-chair of the HSA Young Workers' Advisory Group

As a full-time permanent employee with a few years of seniority under my belt in my unionized position in HSA, I knew when going into BC’s Phase One in March that my job in the healthcare sector wasn’t likely on the line.

Helping Our Communities During a Pandemic

As the COVID-19 pandemic took root in BC this spring, HSA members working as health science and community social service professionals were on the frontlines where they saw the immediate impacts of this pandemic.

HSA renews call for enhanced PPE for workers in vulnerable settings

HSA is again calling on employers to improve supply of personal protective equipment and preventative occupational health and safety measures for health care workers working through the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
In addition, all members are advised to ensure they have access to appropriate PPE, and to exercise their right to refuse unsafe work if the appropriate PPE is not provided.
 

Election Time!

A Provincial Election has been called; general voting will take place on Saturday, October 24, 2020.

Elections are an important time to engage in discussion and debate about the future of our province, our collective priorities and what programs and services are important to us, our families and our communities.

HSA strongly encourages members to vote.