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36 billion and 12 reasons to vote for change

HSA REPORT MAGAZINE, OCTOBER 2015

1. WE NEED A GOVERNMENT THAT CARES ABOUT PUBLIC HEALTH CARE

A $36 BILLION CUT TO HEALTH CARE

In 2014, the Health Accord, an agreement between the federal government and the provinces that ensures equal access, proper funding, and high standards for health care in Canada, expired. The provinces are asking for a new Accord, but the federal government has refused to strike a new deal. Instead, the Harper Conservatives plan to cut $36 billion in health care funding after the election.

Every. Single. Vote. Matters.

HSA REPORT MAGAZINE, OCTOBER 2015

BY VAL AVERY
PRESIDENT, HSA

HSA is a non-partisan union, but that doesn't mean we don't speak up on the issues that matter to our members.

On October 19, Canadians have a chance to make a choice that will decide the future of our country for the next four years, and far beyond that. HSA doesn’t promote specific political parties or candidates, but our members count on their union to defend their interests, and there is plenty at stake in this election.

How to vote

HSA REPORT MAGAZINE, OCTOBER 2015

iT'S NOT AS EASY AS BEFORE, SO LISTEN UP

The Conservative government of Stephen Harper has changed Canada's election rules, making it much harder for all citizens to vote in their elections, and preventing Elections Canada from raising awareness about the new rules for voting.

Please take a few minutes to make your plan.

Easter Tocol, social worker and constituency liaison

Easter Tocol

HSA REPORT MAGAZINE, OCTOBER 2015

BY LAURA BUSHEIKIN

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."

This quote by anthropologist Margaret Mead nicely sums up the motivation social worker Easter Tocol brings to her work with the HSA constituency liaison program.

HSA members lead health care innovation

HSA REPORT MAGAZINE, OCTOBER 2015

HSA health science professionals dominated the field at the 2015 Providence Health Care research challenge

The research challenge, now in its fifth year, supports evidence-based innovation to improve patient care. It provides point of care health care workers with no formal research experience an opportunity to conduct research to inform their work in patient care, and ultimately to influence practice.

Maternity Leave? Don't forget to purchase pension contributions

HSA REPORT MAGAZINE, OCTOBER 2015

BY DENNIS BLATCHFORD, HSA PENSIONS AND BENEFITS ADVOCATE

Q: I took a maternity leave in 2014. When I received my annual member benefit statement from the Municipal Pension Plan in June, I noticed there were no contributions made to my pension account even though the collective agreement says the employer will continue to make payments "as if the employee was not absent". Why didn't my employer make pension contributions during my maternity leave?

Changes provide stronger safety regulations

HSA REPORT MAGAZINE, OCTOBER 2015

BY DAVID DURNING, HSA OHS OFFICER

Recent amendments to the Workers Compensation Act are meant to improve workplace health and safety and to provide stronger tools to WorkSafeBC officers for enforcing the Act and the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation.

New structure for better and more secure benefits

HSA REPORT MAGAZINE, JUNE 2015

BY DENNIS BLATCHFORD
HSA PENSIONS AND BENEFITS ADVOCATE

Q: I understand there was a presentation on the new health and welfare trust at the recent HSA annual convention. What were the highlights?

The backbone of the union

HSA REPORT MAGAZINE, JUNE 2015

By Val Avery, President

Once again, I am honoured to have been elected to serve as your president.

These are challenging times for people who work in health care and community social services. These are challenging times for unions. But we've proven that we can overcome these challenges – when we work together. We may represent over 100 different professions, but those differences don't divide us, they make us stronger. We are diverse, but not divided. Unique, but united.