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HSA Racial Justice Committee Formed

Health Sciences Association is pleased to announce the formation of HSA’s first-ever Racial Justice Committee. The purpose of the Racial Justice Committee is to advance racial justice by addressing racism within health care and social services workplaces with a focus on addressing systemic issues. This work is a critical step in taking action on HSA’s principles in justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion values.

Anti Racism Workshop

Date:               March 29-30, 2023
Time:              9:00am to 4:30pm
Location:       Virtual via WebEx

Kooner elected to represent Region 7 members on HSA Board of Directors

HSA members have elected Sarah Kooner to serve a two-year term on the union’s board of directors representing Region 7, which includes worksites in the Fraser Valley.

An Infant and Child Development Consultant at the Fraser Valley Child Development Centre since 2015, she is currently lead steward, and has served in steward roles advocating for members for four years. She is currently a Member at Large.

Kooner will join the Board of Directors on adjournment of the 2023 HSA annual convention Friday, April 21.

CBA Bargaining Update: Information Meetings and How to Vote on Tentative Agreement

The tentative agreement reached by your representatives on the bargaining committee is an historic, greatly-expanded collective agreement that meets the priorities set by members like you working in community health across the province. Your negotiating team applied relentless pressure on the employers – backed by your courageous support – forcing the government to put new money on the table that brought wages and premiums closer than ever to those of our colleagues in the Facilities Agreement, while protecting extended health and long-term disability benefits.

CSS Bargaining Update: Tentative agreement reached

The Community Social Services Bargaining Association (CSSBA) is pleased to announce a tentative agreement has been reached with the Community Social Services Employers Association (CSSEA). This includes agreements for workers in the Community Living Services, General Services and Indigenous Services sub-sectors.

The tentative agreement was negotiated with nine other unions who represent members in the agreement: BCGEU, CUPE, HEU, CSWU Local 1611, CLAC, USW 1-417, UFCW and BCNU.

HSA welcomes new operating agreement for Starbright CDC

Health Sciences Association of BC welcomes the BC government's decision to support the operations of Starbright Children's Development Centre with a new service agreement. Starbright was facing imminent closure after a pilot project on establishing centralized services for children and youth with special needs was awarded to another agency in January.

Region 7 Board of Directors election: How to Vote

Tomorrow, Saturday February 4, 2023, voting will open to elect the Director for Region 7. Two candidates have been nominated to represent HSA members who work in HSA Region 7 on the union’s board of directors.

The two candidates in the election are Sarah Kooner and Sherry Lewis. Candidates’ statements are available on our website and on the online ballot. Further details regarding the voting process are provided below.

Giddha Withdraws From Region 7 Board of Directors Election

Please be advised that Jas Giddha has withdrawn as a candidate for HSA Board of Directors Region 7 representative.
Two candidates remain for the election: Sarah Kooner and Sherry Lewis.
An all candidates’ meeting is set for Thursday, February 2, 7-8 p.m.
Online voting opens February 4 and continues to February 12.