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HSA steward elections

Elections will be held during the next 8 weeks to select members to fill the following HSA positions for the coming year:

1. Chief Steward
2. Assistant Chief Steward
3. General Stewards
4. Occupational Health & Safety Stewards and
5. Labour Council Delegates (for chapters that are, or wish to become, affiliated to their local labour council).

Applications now available for professional development fund for HSA health science professionals

The 2010-2012 HSPBA collective agreement includes a Letter of Agreement ... Re: Professional Development Fund ... which provides for a $450,000 Professional Development Fund for use by all HSPBA members, including members represented by unions other than HSA, over the term of the collective agreement.

The amount available to HSA members covered by the HSPBA contract is approximately $450,000, which includes HSAs portion of this fund plus Bill 29 funds that were approved but never claimed.

Sisters in Spirit vigils Oct 4


The sixth annual Sisters in Spirit Vigil will take place October 4 across Canada to honour murdered and missing Aboriginal women and their families.

IHA plan for lab reorganization to be revealed; members urged to attend information meetings

At the end of August, the Interior Health Authority revealed it planned to implement a major reorganization of laboratory services in the region.

The plans will be shared with IHA staff over the next two weeks at meetings where laboratory managers will introduce staff to the employers planned changes. HSA stewards will be attending these meetings to observe and, where possible, the unions labour relations officers will also be in attendance.

Running for the cure: HSA members make a difference

Hundreds of HSA members across the province participated in Sunday's Run for the Cure. HSA is a proud regional sponsor of the Run for the Cure. Send us your photos! If we use your photo on our website or in The Report magazine, we'll send you a gift package.

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Why CETA is a bad idea for Canada

Canada and the European Union are negotiating a new Comprehensive Trade Agreement (CETA). This is a big deal for Canada, and so far, negotiations have been quietly taking place behind closed doors.

If CETA is signed, it will:

Add your voice to the movement against the unfair server wage

Add your voice to the growing movement against the unfair server wage.

When Christy Clark increased the minimum wage, she included everyone but servers. It's not fair and it's open to abuse.

Under new legislation - restaurants can now pay servers less than minimum wage. 

When minimum wage is finally increased to $10.25 - servers will make $1.25 below the minimum wage.

Community Social Services Bargaining Association ratification vote extended

The lead union in the Community Social Services Bargaining Association, the BCGEU, has extended the deadline for ratification votes to take place on the proposed collective agreement reached last month. The bargaining committee unanimously recommended ratification of the agreement, and HSAs Board of Directors recommends HSA members support the terms of the agreement.

Additional opportunities to vote on the tentative agreement have been scheduled as follows for HSA members covered by the CSSBA collective agreement: