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50 Years of Growth and Solidarity: New Website and Video

June 3, 2021
Today at HSA's 50th annual convention, we were proud to premiere a video showing how much HSA's members have accomplished over the past 50 years. 

HSA and BC Government Agree on New Funding for Professional Development

June 3, 2021
Working in partnership with the government of British Columbia, Health Sciences Association of BC has secured $3 million in new funding to support professional development for members covered by the Health Sciences Professional Bargaining Association collective agreement. The funding, provided by the BC Ministry of Health, will allow members to pursue further specialization of skills in key professions.

Friday, May 28 is World Menstrual Hygiene Day!

May 28, 2021
Periods are a fact of life. That’s why HSA, in partnership with the United Way, has long advocated for free access to necessary menstrual products.

Recording Available: Telephone Town Hall with Candidates for HSA President

May 26, 2021
Five union members are running to replace outgoing president Val Avery at HSA’s annual convention on June 2 - 4, and they answered questions from members around the province during a  telephone town hall on the evening of March 25, 2021.

Meet Candidates for HSA President on Telephone Town Hall: Members invited to hear candidates, ask questions, on Tuesday May 25 at 7:00 pm

May 21, 2021
Five union members are running to replace outgoing president Val Avery at HSA’s annual convention on June 2 - 4, and they’ll be taking questions from members around the province at a telephone town hall set for Tuesday, May 25 from 7:00 to 8:30.

Child Care and Federal Budget 2021

May 19, 2021
On April 19, Minister of Finance, Chrystia Freeland, tabled the first budget in 2 years. The headline announcement of Budget 2021 was the investment in a national child care system. This was a significant win for the labour movement and other child care advocates, but the fight continues at the provincial level.  

Call for members to serve on union Trial Committee – May 28 deadline

May 13, 2021
As part of the union’s complaints and dispute resolution process provided under HSA’s constitution, each year the union establishes a Trial Committee, with election of the members of the committee held at the union’s annual convention, scheduled June 2-4, 2021.   Any member may forward their name as a candidate for election to the Trial Committee. Members do not have to be a delegate to convention to run for election, however, only delegates elected to the convention may vote on the membership of the Trial Committee.  

Leadership Training Opportunities

May 13, 2021
Below is information on two on-line leadership training opportunities HSA members may be interested in. Please note, both events meet the criteria for the union’s Political Action Fund. Members can apply to the fund to help access these events. Our Future Your Path

BC Federation of Labour: Healthcare voices call for permanent paid sick leave program in BC

May 6, 2021
Prominent voices in BC’s health sector are calling on the BC government to deliver a permanent paid sick leave program with coverage of at least ten days of worker wages. The appeal to government comes as new data from the Workers’ Compensation Board shows rising numbers of workplace exposures, and as BC’s health care system strains under high rates of hospitalizations due to COVID-19.

Applications now open for 2021-2022 professional development funding for HSA members covered by HSPBA contract

May 5, 2021
Applications are now being accepted for funding to support HSA members who work under the Health Science Professionals Collective Agreement (HSPBA) and who are pursuing professional development. The continued funding was negotiated in the 2019-2022 collective agreement, with a $400,000 contribution to the fund each year.   “I encourage members to apply to this fund to support their professional development, as I know that HSA members are committed to keeping their skills and knowledge current in an ever-advancing modern health care team,” said HSA President Val Avery.