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Nancy Hay acclaimed as Region 6 representative on HSA Board of Directors

Nancy Hay will represent HSA members in Region 6 on the HSA Board of Directors after the deadline for nominations passed with no further nominations.

She has worked as a social worker for the past 17 years with Providence Health Care and at Lions Gate Hospital. She formerly sat on the Board of Directors from 2016 to 2020, and has served as a general, assistant, and chief steward.
 
Hay will begin her two-year term at the conclusion of the 2022 HSA Annual Convention, running April 28-30 in Vancouver.

CSSBA Bargaining Update – Bargaining Begins

CSSBA BARGAINING UPDATE – BARGAINING BEGINS
 

Bargaining for the new Community Social Services collective agreement has begun.
 
Last week the Community Social Services Bargaining Association (CSSBA) Committee finalized the unions’ priorities and proposals and on February 2 initiated talks with the Community Social Services Employers Association (CSSEA) Bargaining Committee. The parties were able to agree on bargaining protocols on February 3.
 

HSA survey reveals widespread concerns about staffing levels, patient safety and access to N95s

Data now being used in ongoing talks urging government to improve guidelines

Almost 1700 HSA members have responded quickly to a short survey circulated by HSA over the last ten days, and the results indicate deepening concern about the impact of staffing shortages on both working conditions and patient safety. 
 
Furthermore, there are ongoing concerns about access to N95 respirators and recent changes to infection control guidelines which increase risk of exposure to COVID-19 for both patients and health care workers.

2022 look-ahead: Bargaining, convention, and opportunities to participate in research surveys to support and protect health care workers

2022 is off to a busy start for HSA with preparations underway for contract negotiations for members working in health care and community social services. Contracts covering more than 20,000 members are set to expire March 31, 2022.
 
Also coming up in 2022 is the union’s annual convention April 28-30, planned to be held in person in Vancouver. In the lead-up to the convention, Board of Directors elections are also scheduled, with nominations closing on February 10.
 

Survey on Enhanced Disability Management Program

SURVEY ON ENHANCED DISABILITY MANAGEMENT PROGRAM

If you took part in the Enhanced Disability Management Program (EDMP) between April 2019 and March 2020, you will receive a survey in the next couple of weeks. Members have been chosen randomly, and will be invited to provide feedback about their experiences.

HSA Annual Convention set for April 28 – 30; Deadline for resolutions is February 18, 2022

Preparations are underway for the 2022 HSA Annual Convention, to be held in-person over three days in Vancouver from Thursday, April 28 to Saturday, April 30.

However, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the union’s Board of Directors will monitor the situation and may shift to an online convention format over the same three days. The last two annual conventions, in November 2020 and June 2021, as well as Bargaining Proposal Conferences in October and November 2021, were all conducted online.

Better protection needed for health care workers

As health science professionals and other health care workers continue to experience crushing workloads caused by long-standing shortages, which continue to be exacerbated by health care staff absences because of the accelerated spread of Covid-19 at health care worksites, HSA is calling on the Ministry of Health to ensure enhanced precautions are put in place.
 
In addition, the union rejects suggestions that health care workers may be expected to report to work even if they have symptoms of COVID-19.