Are you interested in helping grow members' involvement in your union?
HSA is now accepting applications for the 2022 Core Member Engagement Team. Applications are due on Sunday, June 19 at 11:59 PM PST.
HSA is working towards equity and encourages people who experience marginalization (including but not limited to Indigenous peoples, people of the global majority, women, young workers, people with disabilities, LGBTQ2SIA+, immigrants and refugees, and diverse faiths) to apply for the HSA Core Member Engagement team.
The Core Member Engagement Team (CMET) is a hands-on union program designed to develop HSA members’ skills in mobilizing members to build union power. CMET participants develop the outreach, membership recruitment, and retainment skills needed to be a valuable asset to any HSA chapter. These skills will include, but not be limited to, active listening, problem solving, public speaking, conflict resolution, and effective meeting management. With the Health Science Professionals, Community Social Services, Nursing, and Community Health collective agreements all being bargained in 2022, this is a great time for HSA members from across the province to strengthen their collective voice and organize together towards workplace goals.
HSA’s Core Member Engagement Team is an intensive member program that supports skills and leadership development of HSA members working towards a stronger union. The program combines training in organizing, team building, on-the-ground mobilizing, and personal reflection to prepare union activists to work together on solutions to the challenges facing our union members in their workplaces, their communities, and globally.
This year, the program includes a four-day training, orientation, and team building workshop which will take place in mid-September followed by 6 weeks of intensive groundwork and outreach, running from early October to mid-November 2022. Members of the team will be mentored by HSA staff organizers. For the duration of the program, members will take union leave from their jobs and will have their wages paid by the union.
Team members will come together to build community, develop communication skills at the individual, small group, and large group level, and build on this experience in a member-centred organizing project.
Each member engager will be assigned steward teams to mentor and support in engaging members through orientations, individual conversations, chapter meetings and worksite walkabouts - all following local COVID safety protocols.
By the end of the program, member engagers will be able to map and chart a workplace, hold an organizing conversation with a colleague, and identify effective actions to address worksite issues. They will be able to assess issues that diminish solidarity, identify possible ways to address the issue, and build support for solutions – skills that apply beyond the workplace and union activism
Following their participation in the program, member engagers will be encouraged to continue to use the skills and experiences to help develop HSA members’ participation in their union in order to continue to grow solidarity and effectiveness. Strong unions are more likely to achieve change at the bargaining table, in our professions, and across our province.
Virtual Information Session:
If you would like to learn more about the CMET program before applying for this opportunity, a one-hour online information session will be held on Wednesday, June 15, 2022 at 6:30pm PST. Please sign up for the information session by sending an email to Carol-Lee Campbell at @email.
How to Apply:
Applications are due on Sunday, June 19 at 11:59 PM PST. Click here to apply!
If you’d like to learn more about the program, you can take a look at our FAQ.
You can also contact HSA Organizer Bobby Chavarie at @emailwith any questions regarding the 2022 CMET Program.