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Nominations open for HSA president

HSA’s 2023 annual convention will include an election for the position of president. The two-year term begins on adjournment of the 2023 convention, set for April 19-21, 2023.
The president is elected by delegates to the union’s annual convention in odd-numbered years.

Second call for nominations for HSA Regional Director elections – January 19 deadline

Nominations are open for Regional Director elections in HSA Regions 1, 3, 5, 7, and 9. This is an excellent opportunity for members to seek to serve on the HSA Board of Directors, contribute to the leadership of the union, and to represent the interests of other members. To be eligible, a nominee must have been a member in good standing of HSA for at least one year immediately prior to election, and be nominated in writing by two members in the region they are seeking to represent. 

Social Justice Day 2023 Workshop

Date: February 21, 2023
Time: 9 am – 4:30 pm
Location: Virtual via Webex

HSA is pleased to have Margaret Tebbutt facilitate this one-day workshop to assist members in their interactions with their HSA colleagues and their patients/clients.

Call for Expressions of Interest: HSA Racial Justice Committee

After many months of dialogue and deliberation by the Racial Justice Working Group, the Terms of Reference for the Racial Justice Committee has been approved by the Board of Directors. HSA would like to express deep gratitude to those who have participated in the creation of these Terms of Reference, the Racial Justice Working Group: Anita Bardal, Donna Barker, Sonia Andhi Bilkhu, Lisa-Navine Dodd, Tammam El-Khodor, Jing-Yi Ng, Satnam Sidhu, and Kane Tse.

Supervisors in the Union Workshop

Supervisors in the Union (two days)
HSA is unique in terms of the number of supervisors who are included in the union. Supervisors were some of the founding members of HSA when the Union was first organized. This workshop is HSA’s invitation for supervisors to come and teach each other how to work together as members and as supervisors, as well as with stewards. This class will be offered twice – please register for only one on either of the following dates:

Health science professionals ratify new collective agreement

Members of the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association have voted 77 per cent in favour of accept a new collective agreement effective April 21, 2022 to March 31, 2025.

Highlights of the contract include a general wage increase of about 12-14% over three years for all members, plus additional increases for most members based on a review of all classifications over this period. The general wage increase is retroactive to April 1, 2022.

CBA Bargaining Update: Details of new offer coming January

Following the CBA Bargaining Committee’s decision to suspend negotiations over lack of progress in early November, the employers have recently asked for a return to the bargaining table in January to discuss an amended offer.

The eight constituent unions, led by BCGEU and including HSA, have agreed to meet with HEABC to hear about the new offer. Those meetings will begin January 10, 2023. At this point, we do not have any details, and there is no guarantee that an amended offer will allow us to reach a tentative agreement, but that is the goal of the Committee

NBA Bargaining Update: Bargaining Formally Underway

Bargaining for the next Nurses’ Bargaining Association (NBA) collective agreement began on Thursday, December 8th in Vancouver when both the NBA Bargaining Committee and the Health Employers Association of BC (HEABC) presented their opening remarks. HSA members are represented on the Bargaining Committee by Nicole McIntosh, a registered psychiatric nurse at St.