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HSA Research Examines Widespread Staffing Shortages, Erosion of Public Rehab Care

October 22, 2021
A new report released today by the Health Sciences Association provides the first comprehensive assessment of the state of public rehabilitative care in BC. The report’s findings paint a troubling picture of severe staffing shortages, a lack of services in many communities, and long wait times for patients and clients, including children and their families.

Have an idea for your union contract? Deadline for bargaining proposals is November 7

October 22, 2021
All HSA members covered by the HSPBA collective agreement are reminded that the deadline for submission of bargaining proposals is November 7, 2021.   The primary and most important source for bargaining proposals is from HSA members through HSA chapter meetings, where, collectively, members consider and agree on priorities for bargaining to support all members covered by the collective agreement. The best way to have a say in your contract is by getting active in the process to set bargaining priorities.  

Expressions of interest: HSA Young Workers’ Advisory Group

October 19, 2021
Are you a young HSA member (35 and under) interested in increased young worker participation in the union? The union’s board of directors is seeking members aged 35 and younger to get involved in HSA's Young Workers’ Advisory Group. The Advisory Group’s purpose is to

Young Workers Workshop: This Moment in Time

October 4, 2021
DATE:              Monday November 15, 2021 TIME:               9:00 am to 4:30 pm LOCATION:     Virtual via WebEx

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation 2021

September 30, 2021
September 30 has historically been observed as Orange Shirt Day in recognition and remembrance of the legacy of residential schools. This year the federal government has marked this day as a statutory holiday, the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. HSA invites you to reflect on your relationship on the Truths that are being shared and on your relationships to Indigenous Peoples.

Truth and Reconciliation Day, September 30, is a day for nation-wide reflection and education

September 24, 2021
This September 30th, 2021 is the first year that the federal government has declared a statutory holiday to mark Truth and Reconciliation. In past years, September 30th has been marked as Orange Shirt Day.  This date was chosen out of recognition that it was typically late September / early October that the federal government’s Indian Agents came for the children.  

HSA Advanced Steward Training

September 22, 2021
  Registration Information: Chief and Assistant Chief Stewards may register by logging into My Events Registration. Workshops will be listed under Steward Education events.  Date: Tuesday, November 9, 2021 Time: 9 am - 4:30 pm Location: Virtually via WebEx Chief and Assistant Chief Steward Training Objective:

$15,000 of Financial Support for People Impacted by Wildfires

September 16, 2021
The following information is being shared from the Community Savings Credit Union: To help ease the burden of evacuations and loss, Community Savings Credit Union is providing up to $15,000 of financial support to help union members impacted by wildfires. Community Savings Credit Union will provide $500 in funds directly to individual union members that require assistance.

Important Survey About Health Benefits

September 14, 2021
As of 2017, health benefits for members covered by the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association (HSPBA) are operated by the Joint Health Science Benefits Trust (JHSBT), with representation appointed by HSA and the employer. The JHSBT is now conducting a survey to learn more about the members they serve, and has engaged ViewPoints Research to conduct an on line survey.

New Public Health Order to Require Vaccination for Health Care Workers in Acute Care Settings - updated September 14

September 13, 2021
BC’s Public Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced yesterday new public health orders for mandatory vaccination against COVID-19 for all employees working in acute care settings. This includes acute care health care professionals who deliver patient care in the community, including in people’s homes. HSA members working in these settings will be subject to the order, which requires COVID-19 vaccination as a condition of employment. This follows a similar order for long-term care settings announced last month.