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Last Call - Political Action Fund Support

Last call to apply for HSA support to work on the provincial election

HSA members throughout the province who are running for office or working in the upcoming provincial election may apply to HSA for financial support from HSA’s Political Action Fund.

1.     Members who are candidates may apply for up to 30 days of wage replacement and/or up to $200 to cover approved personal expenses incurred to run for office.

Community social services: Tentative deal reached

After a marathon bargaining session of 13 days, the multi-union Community Social Services Bargaining Association (CSSBA) has reached a tentative collective agreement with the employer.

The two-year proposed agreement includes an across the board wage increase while protecting health and welfare benefits.

Highlights include:

Invitation to participate: Cancer prevention study for shift workers

The Canadian Cancer Society – UBC Cancer Prevention Centre invites HSA members to participate in this study:

Are you a woman who works shifts? You may be eligible to participate in a sleep improvement program that may improve your quality of life, and help reduce breast cancer. Research has shown that women shift workers exposed to light at night are at increased risk for breast cancer.

Community social services: Bargaining underway

There has been some progress at the bargaining table over the last week, and discussions continued through the weekend.

The community social services bargaining committee hopes to reach a fair and reasonable agreement, including a wage increase. Your multi-union bargaining committee remains focused on the issues that were identified as priorities by our members.

HSA will continue to provide updates once bargaining concludes.

Community Health collective agreement ratified

Workers in Community Health have voted 86% per cent in favour of a two-year contract that provides an across-the-board wage increase, and improved workplace and scheduling provisions.

The agreement comes after one year of difficult negotiations with the Health Employers' Association of BC (HEABC). Ratification votes were held across the province over the past four weeks.

Highlights include:

Five candidates declared in election for Region 5

Winner will serve as representative on HSA Board of Directors

During the next several weeks, HSA members in Region 5 will have an opportunity to elect their representative on HSA's Board of Directors.
Nominations for the position closed with five members declaring their candidacy:

Janice Morrison acclaimed as Region 9 Director

Janice Morrison has been selected to return as the Region 9 representative to the HSA Board of Directors. She was acclaimed after the deadline passed with no further nominations.

Morrison is a physiotherapist at Kootenay Lake Hospital. She was first elected to the Board of Directors in 2009.

Marg Beddis acclaimed as Region 7 Director

Marg Beddis has been selected to return as the Region 7 representative to the HSA Board of Directors. She was acclaimed after the deadline passed with no further nominations.

Beddis is a dietitian at Surrey Memorial Hospital. She was first elected to the Board of Directors in 2007.

She currently serves as an LTD trustee, chairs the Political Action Committee and sits on the union's Finance and Run for the Cure committees. She has also worked on the union's Education and Elections Committees.

Bruce MacDonald acclaimed as Region 3 Director

Bruce MacDonald has been selected to return as the Region 3 representative to the HSA Board of Directors. He was acclaimed after the deadline passed with no further nominations.

MacDonald is a social worker at Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster. He has been a member of HSA since 2000.