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HSA report on Workplace Racism now available

August 11, 2020
From Jan. 20 to Feb. 7, 2020, Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPOC) HSA members were invited to complete an online survey investigating experiences of racism at work. Over 200 HSA members working in health care and community social services shared personal accounts of how racism and white supremacy operate within their workplace cultures and impact their daily lives. Survey results provide insight into how discrimination operates at the institutional level, impeding career growth, professional development, and employment opportunities.

HSA annual fall regional meetings schedule set

August 7, 2020
HSA’s annual fall regional meetings have been scheduled for September and October 2020. Regional meetings are an excellent forum for HSA members to review the issues and activities of the past year, and discuss the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead. All meetings will be held online. Participants will be required to join meetings through a virtual platform. While the meetings are open to all members in the Region, only eligible delegates will receive wage replacement for the day.

Final reminder - HSA nurses eligible for college fee reimbursement - apply to HSA by July 31, 2020

July 29, 2020
As part of the Nurses Bargaining Association 2019-2022 collective agreement, effective April 1, 2020, HSA registered psychiatric nurses are eligible for partial reimbursement of fees paid to the BC College of Nursing Professionals (BCCNP). The rate of reimbursement has been set at $215 per member.

Webinar series - Rising Together: Women for a Just Economy

July 23, 2020
RISING TOGETHER: WOMEN FOR A JUST ECONOMY Taking Stock & Resetting the Frame Thursday, July 23, 2020 at 4:30 p.m. PST An Invitation to a cross-country webinar from the Equal Pay Coalition 

Unions Confronting White Supremacy Virtual Workshop - July 28, 2020

July 9, 2020
HSA Unions Confronting White Supremacy Virtual Workshop  Last month Health Minister Adrian Dix reported on racist actions of healthcare workers.  HSA strongly condemns these actions and has made a commitment to provide access to educational opportunities on anti-racist issues. 

HSA members invited to telephone town hall Thursday evening – June 25

June 24, 2020
HSA members are invited to join a live and interactive telephone town hall event tomorrow evening – Thursday, June 25 at 7:00 pm (PST). This is an opportunity for the union to update members on important information regarding COVID-19 policies and practices that affect your work, to report on the union’s plans for the coming months, and for members to ask questions and share information.

HSA board of directors waives dues policy; union dues will not be paid on Temporary Pandemic Pay income

June 18, 2020
HSA’s Board of Directors has voted unanimously to waive the union’s policy on collecting union dues on all employment income to exclude employment income earned under the Temporary Pandemic Pay announced May 19.  

PPE failure: warning to MRI technologists issued by health authorities

May 22, 2020
A serious occupational health and safety issue related to PPE in hospital magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) departments has been uncovered regarding the safety of certain masks and respirators in an MRI setting. HSA has called on health authorities and the Provincial Occupational Health and Safety Committee to provide details on the steps underway to identify and remove any masks or respirators that may not be compatible in MRI departments, and to ensure they are not reintroduced into MRI departments.

BCFED Health & Safety Centre - FREE COVID-19 Webinars!

May 20, 2020
BC FED OHS Centre free webinars for OHS activist during COVID-19 The BCFED OH&S Centre has scheduled free COVID-19 related online webinars as follows: OH&S Committee role during COVID-19 Tuesday May 26, 2020 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.  

Important information for community social services workers re: Essential Services and Single Site Order

March 27, 2020
  To: HSA members working in community social services From: HSA and Community Social Services Bargaining Associaton On March 26, 2020 the BC Government used their extraordinary powers under the Emergency Program Act, to issue ministerial orders to ensure a coordinated response to the COVID-19 pandemic across all levels of government.  These orders have direct implications for workers in the Community Social Services Sector. 

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