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HSA members urged to vote in municipal election

On Saturday, November 19, 2011 British Columbians head to the polls to elect mayors, municipal councillors, school trustees, and regional district representatives.

These local representatives make decisions that affect our everyday lives, and play a critical role in making our neighbourhoods, towns, and regions places where we want to live.  Local politicians are also an important voice for our communities with higher levels of government, speaking up for communities on important local, provincial and federal issues. 

Vancouver Coastal Health postpones plans for -Allied Health Redesign"

On October 13th, Vancouver Coastal Health announced it was postponing its third of three Working Group Sessions to a later date. They have now announced that their session will be delayed into January.

HSA Membership Services Coordinator Kathy McLennan said the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association welcomes this postponement. -VCH caused much uncertainty and worry with their announcement in August that it plans to redesign the Allied Health Professional Leadership structure," she said.

CAMRT contest: Vote for your favourite videos & photos during Medical Radiation Technology Week!

Have you seen this amazing video by Vancouver General Hospital CT techs Michael Banting and Allen Miller?

Its a finalist in the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologys Very Image of Care contest. The video features CT techs, MRI techs, X-ray techs, nuclear medicine techs, and radiation therapists at Vancouver General Hospital and BC Cancer Agency (Vancouver Cancer Centre).

Training funds available for HSA members in the community health sector

If you are an HSA member who was laid off after January 28, 2002 due to re-tendering, contracting out, or bumping from a heaath care job in the community subsector,

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If you are a current employee in a community subsector job and are interested in skills development, you may be eligible for reimbursement of training costs.

The retraining funds are available as a result of a settlement between health unions, health employers and the BC government related to a June, 2007 Supreme Court of Canada ruling on Bill 29.

HSA bargaining proposal meetings soon underway to prepare for 2012 community social services contract talks

With the Community Social Services Bargaining Association contract set to expire March 31, 2012, work is already underway to prepare HSAs priorities to the joint bargaining association.

HSA stewards will be calling chapter meetings to be held by November 25, 2011 to discuss bargaining proposals.  All HSA members covered by the Community Social Services Bargaining Association collective agreement are urged to attend the chapter meeting. Your negotiating team needs to hear from you.

Occupy YouTube with your message about economic unfairness

The Canadian Labour Congress is giving away some great prizes to whoever comes up with the best ad about the basic unfairness that sees the tax burden shifted away from profitable corporations and onto ordinary working people as their governments cut services, eliminate programs and hike user fees to balance the books.

Clever, creative, ironic or with a sense of humour... whatever it takes. The best ad will be one that effectively shows why working Canadians should come together and demand a better deal.

2012 Canadian Labour Congress Winter School

One of Canadas best labour schools, held at Harrison Hot Springs, in January and February 2012

The CLC Winter School offers a wide variety of week-long, quality labour oriented courses.  To support HSAs ability to represent HSA members effectively and to help build a stronger union, members and/or stewards can apply to take courses chosen to meet these objectives.

HSA offers a number of scholarships which cover full reimbursement for wages, travel, registration, accommodation (twin), meals and dependant care.  In addition, HSA provides one Ann Hallman Scholarship.