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MSP premium reduction savings must be passed onto members, says HSPBA

January 15, 2018
The savings resulting from the 50 per cent reduction in Medical Services Plan premiums introduced by the BC government January 1, 2018 must be directed to employees, says Jeanne Meyers, HSA’s Executive Director of Legal and Labour Relations. Under the HSPBA collective agreement, employers pay 100 per cent of MSP benefits, representing a benefit negotiated on behalf of members. “Savings realized by employers by the reduction in premiums must be passed onto members, and not put into employers’ coffers,” Meyers said.

Guatemalan women’s organizations to be featured in March 2018 learning delegation led by CoDev Canada

January 3, 2018
CoDevelopment Canada (CoDev), a BC-based non-governmental organization working for social change in the Americas, is inviting interested HSA members to travel with a learning delegation to Guatemala in March 2018 to meet with some of CoDev’s partner organizations supporting women in Guatemala, who face enormous economic and social challenges. The ten-day delegation is scheduled for March 17 to 26. Participants are responsible for their own costs, estimated at $1300 to $1570, plus airfare. Applications are open until January 30, 2018.