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Education Fund available for HSA members in CSSBA Agreement

November 10, 2009
(This information applies to HSA members of the Community Social Services Bargaining Association.) On April 2, 2009, the constituent unions of the CSSBA entered into a Settlement Agreement with the Provincial Government to resolve litigation related to the Health and Social Services Delivery Improvement Act (Bill 29).

Children with autism at risk: Queen Alexandra lays off autism interventionists and behavioural therapists

November 9, 2009
Despite a province-wide protest by parents against the elimination of specialized treatment for severely autistic children, 43 therapists were issued lay-off notice Friday at Queen Alexandra Centre for Children on Vancouver Island. The therapists are members of the Health Sciences Association of BC, the union that represents 16,000 health science professionals including autism intervention specialists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, and social workers who work with autistic children and their families.

End violence against women: postcard campaign

November 6, 2009
December 6 this year marks the 20th anniversary of the 1989 Montréal massacre of 14 young women at the École Polytechnique. Violence against women is still pervasive, and is rooted in social inequality. HSA members working in transition houses all across BC tell us that violence against women occurs at home and at work.

URGENT: Your support needed for ambulance paramedics

November 5, 2009
Please join CUPE members and striking Ambulance Paramedics (CUPE 873) who will be holding a midday rally outside the Vancouver Olympic Organizing Committee headquarters in Vancouver. The B.C. Liberal government introduced -back-to-work" legislation against the Paramedics following an edict from VANOC directing them to end the strike. Date: Friday, November 6, 2009Time: 11:30 amPlace: VANOC HQ ... 3585 Graveley St. at Boundary

Health Sciences Association celebrates Community Social Services Workers Appreciation Day

November 5, 2009
November 6 marks the second annual Community Social Service Workers Appreciation Day, an event to acknowledge and celebrate the vital role that these workers play in making communities better places to live. Community social service workers represented by the Health Sciences Association work in child development centres, transition houses, infant development programs, community counselling centres, agencies for youths at risk, and various other crucial community service organizations.

HSA to enter negotiations with Fraser Health Authority on displacements related to budget cuts authority-wide

November 5, 2009
Following this afternoons budget cut announcement by Fraser Health Authority, HSA began to receive reports from members and stewards that local managers were attempting to engage individual departments and members in discussions to make staffing cut decisions in certain departments. HSA has advised Fraser Health Authority to halt the meetings, and to instead meet with the union to engage in an acceptable labour relations process to negotiate authority-wide labour adjustment strategies.

Workshop Reminder

November 3, 2009
There is still room available in the two-day OH&S Steward Training workshop on November 23 & 24, 2009 please register as soon as possible if you are interested in attending this workshop. OH&S Steward Training:November 23 & 24, 2009 Eligible stewards should print a pre-registration (attached) and return it to the HSA Office (Attention:  Karin Herbert) as soon as possible.  HSA will call you to confirm your registration.

Retirement Security - A Town Hall Meeting on Canada's Pension Crisis

October 29, 2009
Did you know?  8 million Canadian workers have no pension or RRSP savings. Date:Thursday, November 5Time:7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.Location:Justice Institute Theatre715 McBride BoulevardNew Westminster, BC Coffee and Refreshments will be available. For more information call (604) 430-6766

2010 Canadian Labour Congress Winter School

October 29, 2009
One of Canadas best labour schools, held at Harrison Hot Springs, in January and February 2010 The CLC Winter School offers a wide variety of week-long, quality labour orientated courses.  Past HSA participants have rated the courses and the experience highly.  The school offers an opportunity to meet people from other unions and workplaces across BC.  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.