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CSS Bargaining Update: Contract talks suspended for 17,000 unionized community social services workers

November 8, 2022
Collective bargaining resumed between the nine-union Community Social Services Bargaining Association (CSSBA) and the provincial Community Social Services Employers’ Association (CSSEA) this past week to negotiate a new contract for 17,000 unionized workers in the sector.   However, on Monday, talks were suspended after the latest proposal put forward by the employers’ association failed to meet the needs identified by workers in the sector.  

HSA stands with Ontario education workers

November 4, 2022
The Health Sciences Association of BC, representing over 20,000 specialized professionals working in health care and community social services, stands in solidarity with CUPE OBSCU workers who seek only fair pay for the hard work they do delivering critical work in Ontario’s schools.

BC’s 22,000 specialized health care professionals reach tentative agreement

November 4, 2022
BC’s 22,000 specialized health professionals working in hospitals and communities around the province reached a tentative agreement late Wednesday night after more than nine months of negotiations between the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association (HSPBA) and Health Employers Association of BC (HEABC). Jeanne Meyers, Executive Director of Health Sciences Association of BC (HSA), is lead negotiator for the HSPBA.

Young Worker Forum

November 3, 2022
We want you to join us for our December 9 Young Workers ForumApply by Midnight on November 16th Are you an HSA member and 35 or younger?  Want to help promote awareness of young workers' issues in your union? Join us at HSA head office (in New Westminster) on Friday, December 9 for a day of introductions, discussion, learning and planning.

2023 Canadian Labour Congress Winter School

November 2, 2022
One of Canada's best labour schools is open for registration The CLC Winter School, held at Harrison Hot Springs in January and February 2023, offers a wide variety of high-quality labour-oriented courses. HSA members interested in helping better represent colleagues in the workplace and build a stronger union are encouraged to apply. For dates and course information, please see Information Sheet.

Upcoming HSA Steward Workshops: Basic Steward Training and Basic OH&S Steward Training Winter 2023

November 2, 2022
Registration Information: Stewards may register by logging into My Events Registration. Workshops are listed under Steward Education events.   Basic Steward Training (three-day workshop) Stewards play a vital role in the union. This workshop will teach new stewards the skills to enable them to serve confidently in their role. Workshop content includes the role of the steward, organizing your chapter, grievance handling, and basic contract interpretation.

CBA Bargaining Update: Bargaining continues, progress stalling

October 26, 2022
The CBA bargaining committee resumed negotiations with HEABC on October 19 – 21, 2022. We have made some progress and are close to resolving outstanding non-monetary matters and we’re currently working to reach an agreement on changes to hours of work in both Article 14 and 15.

HSPBA Bargaining Update: Advancing proposals on central concerns

October 20, 2022
Since the resumption of negotiations at the end of September, the HSPBA Bargaining Committee has been working to advance measures to address recruitment, retention, shortage and workload issues which drive so many of the serious issues affecting the public health care system, the people who depend on it, and the professionals who keep it running.

Provincial Health Officer order restricting certain health care workers to working at a single site lifted in Vancouver Coastal Health Authority

October 20, 2022
Important information for HSA members affected by the order HSA has learned that a Provincial Health Officer order from April 2020 restricting health care workers from working at multiple sites was lifted in Vancouver Coastal Health Authority by an exemption issued by the local Medical Health Officer on July 7, 2022. The employer failed to inform the union of the change affecting health care workers at long-term care facilities, assisted living facilities, and provincial mental health facilities.

Provincial Health Officer order restricting certain health care workers to working at a single site during the COVID-19 pandemic coming to an end

October 20, 2022
Important information for HSA members affected by the order HEABC has announced that a Provincial Health Officer order from April 2020 restricting health care workers from working at multiple sites will be lifted effective January 1, 2023. The order affects health care workers at long-term care facilities, assisted living facilities, and provincial mental health facilities, and had an impact on provisions of the HSPBA collective agreement. An estimated 800 HSA members were affected.