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Reid Johnson re-elected HSA president at 38th annual convention

More than 250 delegates to the 38th annual convention of the Health Sciences Association of BC have acclaimed Reid Johnson to lead the union as its president for another two-year term. Johnson was first elected president 2007.

Johnson, who holds a Masters of Social Work and worked at the Centre of Ability before his election in 2007, urged members to get active in their union and communities to make a difference.

NDP Leader Carole James to speak at Health Sciences Associations 38th annual convention

The Health Sciences Association of BC (HSA) will kick off its 38th annual convention Friday, April 24, 2009 at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, 900 West Georgia Street.

A Vision for Change is the theme of this years convention, as delegates consider a number of resolutions to set priorities for the unions future.

Carole James, Leader of the Opposition, will be the keynote speaker on Friday.

Highlights of the convention include:

Friday, April 24

Vote Public Health Care!

BC Health Coalition calls on British Columbians to vote for federal candidates who support public solutions to health care challenges.

The BC Health Coalition is calling on voters to elect federal candidates who will commit to standing up in support of Medicare and oppose the growth of for-profit health care.

HSA convention delegates hold rally to Stand up for Medicare

The Health Sciences Association of BC (HSA) will kick off its 37th annual convention Friday, April 18, 2008 at the Hilton Vancouver Metrotown Hotel in Burnaby, 6083 MacKay Avenue.

Charting our Course is the theme of this years convention, as delegates consider a number of resolutions to set priorities for the unions future. Delegates will also participate in a noon-hour rally to defend publicly funded and delivered health care.

Highlights of the Convention include:

Provincial budget fails BC patients

The 2008 provincial budget fails to address the needs of BC patients, Reid Johnson, President of the Health Sciences Association of B.C. charged.

-The budget demonstrates the government has no plan to address the key challenge in BCs health care system ... human resources planning," Johnson said.

-Furthermore, the most significant spending commitment made by the government today is to move toward a funding model that pits hospitals and health authorities against each other in competition for patient funding."

Throne speech fails to address critical shortages in health care

Critical shortages of health science professionals will continue to grow, thanks to the lack of planning exhibited by the BC Liberal government in the Speech from the Throne, HSA President Reid Johnson said today.

-I had hoped todays plan from government would include some concrete steps toward real solutions to the growing crisis of shortages of highly skilled and specialized health science professionals in the public health care system," Johnson said.

Health unions hold first meeting with government on Bill 29 court ruling

Facilities Barganing Association
Nurses Bargaining Association
Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association
Community Bargaining Association

Health care unions met today with representatives of the provincial government to deal with the repercussions of last Junes landmark Supreme Court decision that declared parts of a 2002 contract-stripping law unconstitutional.

Health science professionals welcome talks on Supreme Court decision

The Health Sciences Association (HSA) welcomes todays announcement that the government will enter into discussions about the recent Supreme Court of Canada decision that strikes down controversial provisions in Bill 29, the legislation that restricted health care workers bargaining rights.

BC Health Coalition launches Friends of Medicare campaign

BC Health Coalition launches Friends of Medicare campaign, calls for positive, public solutions to health care challenges

This week, the BC Health Coalition, along with Canadian Doctors for Medicare, Oxfam and the Council of Canadians, will officially launch its Friends of Medicare campaign.  Focused on strengthening universal medicare in B.C., the coalition will expand its work with citizens across the province to promote positive, public solutions to health care challenges.