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Reminder: February 29, 2012 deadline - Scholarships and bursaries available forHSA members and their families

HSA is offering scholarships and bursaries to all members and their children.  We will be awarding ten scholarships for full-time studies, twenty bursaries for full-time studies, four bursaries for part-time studies and two aboriginal scholarships.

The criteria and details are set out on the application forms.  To obtain a copy please see the HSA website:

2012 David Bland Award

Nominations for the 2012 David Bland Award are now open. Members will note that this award may now be awarded to a group of members as well as to an individual.  Here is a link to the 2012 David Bland Award.

For more information about this award please contact Marty Lovick, Senior LRO (OH&S) at 604.439.0994 x 560, 1.800.663.2017 x 560 or

Your questions from telephone town hall meeting

Two weeks ago, we held a special telephone town hall meeting for pharmacists concerned about government plans to cut your salary by up to 14%.  Several hundred people took part in this important discussion, and we answered a number of questions from members like you.
Unfortunately, we have since learned that our technical supplier for the event made an error.  As a result of this supplier error, some questions left by members at the end of the meeting were not received.

Workers in community health begin tabling bargaining proposals

Bargaining for British Columbias over 13,000 workers employed in community health services and support kicked off this week.  Talks commenced between the Community Bargaining Association (CBA) and the Health Employers Association of BC (HEABC) on January 23 with the exchange of opening remarks and the initial tabling of proposals. 

The CBA presented a summary of the priorities identified by health care workers and proposals related to harassment and bullying.  On Thursday the CBA also tabled proposals related to employer and union relations.

Nurses start bargaining: Protecting patient safety is top priority

Ensuring the safety of patients in BCs health care facilities is the priority for nurses, as they began bargaining this week for a new contract with the provinces health authorities.

HSAs Registered Psychiatric Nurses are represented by Lions Gate RPN Val Barker and Senior Labour Relations Officer Pat Blomme.

HSA calls on HEABC to rescind notice of wage rollback for pharmacists

Health Sciences Association (HSA), on behalf of the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association, called on the Health Employers Association of BC (HEABC) in a meeting today to rescind the notice it gave earlier this month that it plans to roll back hospital pharmacists wages by as much as $12,000 a year.

Jeanne Meyers, HSAs executive director of legal services and labour relations, said the wage rollback is short-sighted.

2012 OH&S Basic Steward Training

HSA is offering the following 2-day OH&S steward training workshops at the HSA office:

Basic OH&S Steward Training dates:  Registration closes:
February 13 & 14, 2012                        February 3, 2012
March 26 & 27, 2012                             March 5, 2012