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NUPGE marks Community Social Service workers' day with a call to federal government to increase funding for services

November 6, 2019
Larry Brown, President of the National Union of General and Public Employees (NUPGE) marked November 6, Community Social Service Workers' Day, with a call to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to increase support for community social services. "Governments have consistently underestimated the funding required to provide the support services and programs necessary to ensure people are able to lead lives filled with opportunity and dignity," he says in the letter

Updated links to new community social services 2019-2022 collective agreements

October 31, 2019
The Community Social Services Bargaining Association (CSSBA) and the Community Social Services Employers’ Association (CSSEA) have published the 2019-2022 Community Living Services, General Services and Indigenous Services collective agreements which are now available at the updated links below:

2019 – 2021 HSPBA wage rates finalized

October 29, 2019
The Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association (HSPBA) and Health Employers’ Association of BC (HEABC) have reached agreement on the details of the HSPBA wage rates negotiated for the 2019-2022 Health Science Professionals Collective Agreement. 

2020 Canadian Labour Congress Winter School

October 29, 2019
One of Canada's best labour schools, held at Harrison Hot Springs, in January and February 2020. The CLC Winter School offers a wide variety of week-long, quality labour oriented courses. To support HSA's ability to represent HSA members effectively and help build a stronger union, members can apply to take courses chosen to meet these objectives. For dates and course information, please see Information Sheet.

An historic moment: BC to become first Canadian province to legislate UNDRIP

October 24, 2019
This morning the BC government introduced Bill 41, the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act. This bill requires all provincial laws to align with UNDRIP, and is an important and concrete step to implementing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) into a provincial legislative framework. Once passed, BC will be the first province to bring the internationally recognized standards of UNDRIP into provincial law.   

HSA Prevention of Violence in the Workplace Workshop

October 16, 2019
PREVENTION OF VIOLENCE IN THE WORKPLACE All workers have a right to a safe work environment.  Unions have a significant role to play in ensuring that our workplaces are safe.  Workplace violence can take the form of physical aggression such as hitting, biting or kicking. It also includes verbal threats, swearing, name-calling and bullying. Violence is not part of anyone’s job and the repercussions of workers being exposed to violence can be devastating, affecting their physical and mental health as well as their job satisfaction.  

CSS collective agreements now available

October 9, 2019
The Community Social Services Bargaining Association (CSSBA) and the Community Social Services Employers’ Association (CSSEA) are pleased to announce that the Community Living Services, General Services and Indigenous Services collective agreements are now available.

HSA Basic Steward/OH&S Training Dates 2020

October 9, 2019
HSA Basic Steward/OH&S Training Dates 2020

Email your MLA: Deliver paid leave for sexual and domestic violence survivors

October 3, 2019
BC is failing workers experiencing domestic and sexual violence. Paid, job-protected leave from work is critical for employees experiencing violence who may need to relocate or seek community services, such as medical attention, legal services, or counselling.

Domestic violence and workplace safety: Why policy change is needed

October 1, 2019
Domestic violence and workplace safety: Why policy change is neededBy Samantha Ponting, HSA Communications When we talk about health and safety in the workplace, domestic violence issues rarely enter the discussion. Yet for someone who has been awake most of the night from duress, their ability to manage workplace risks and hazards can become a serious issue.