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...Therefore be it resolved

January 3, 2012
HSA members will soon be preparing for the 2012 HSA Convention, to be held April 19, 20, and 21, 2012 at the Westin Bayshore Hotel in Vancouver. Conventions are the unions annual meeting where chapters from around the province determine the future direction of the union.  Policies, actions, constitutional amendments, structural changes are all discussed and debated at convention.

Policy grievance charging HEABC is violating contract referred to arbitration

December 14, 2011
HEABC has denied the policy grievance in which HSPBA charged that the employer is refusing to adhere to the terms and conditions negotiated in the in 2010-12 HSPBA collective agreement, and the grievance has been referred to arbitration. HSA, on behalf of the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association, says HEABC has contravened the collective agreement by failing or refusing to work towards fulfillment of the objectives outlined for the Joint Classification Committee, negotiated in the 2012-2012 collective agreement.

Scholarships and bursaries available for HSA members and their families

December 8, 2011
HSA is offering scholarships and bursaries to all members and their children.  Ten scholarships will be awarded for full-time studies, twenty bursaries for full-time studies and four bursaries for part-time studies.  Two aboriginal scholarships will be awarded to aboriginal students in BC. The criteria and details are set out on the application forms.  To obtain a copy please see the HSA website.

Municipal Pension Plan seminars scheduled for HSA members

December 7, 2011
The Municipal Pension Plan has scheduled seminars for HSA members as follows: • Tuesday, March 27, 2012: Dawson Creek• Wednesday, April 18, 2012: Terrace Two seminars will be offered at each location, with one geared to new and mid-career members, and the other geared to members nearing retirement. 4:30 ... 6 p.m. Your Pension, Your Future seminar provides information for new and mid-career members.  This seminar will provide information to help you understand your pension plan, and the options your plan affords you for the future.

December 6: Ending violence against women

December 2, 2011
December 6 marks the anniversary of the Montréal massacre of 14 young women at the École Polytechnique. Violence against women continues to be a serious issue in Canada:

Time for government to make the right choices

December 1, 2011
The Report: December 2011 vol.32 num.4 THERE IS NO DOUBT HSA members are angry about the way they were treated by the government in the last round of contract negotiations. But I still find it striking to recognize the source of this anger is not concern for themselves ... its their deep concern for the future of health care and the needs of their patients.

Airing concerns

December 1, 2011
The Report: December 2011 vol.32 num.4 BY LAURA BUSHEKIN THAT BIG SIGH OF RELIEF? HSA member Simone Gruenig just might have something to do with it. As a physiotherapist specializing in cardiorespiratory care, Gruenig says that one of the best parts of her job is the immediate relief she can bring to someone who is having trouble breathing.

HSA urging employers to reduce on call and call back work

December 1, 2011
The Report: December 2011 vol.32 num.4 SURVEY CONFIRMS MEMBERS WORRY INSUFFICIENT REST IS PUTTING THEIR SAFETY AT RISK HSA MEMBERS WORKING ON CALL or call back say theyre suffering from fatigue thats so serious it sometimes jeopardizes their personal safety.

Enhanced Disability Management Program to provide stronger safety net for members

December 1, 2011
The Report: December 2011 vol.32 num.4 -HOW WILL I TAKE CARE OF MY FAMILY if I get sick, or become unable to work?" Thats a question that hovers in the back of almost everyones mind. We assume that our health benefits will take care of us, and for the most part, they do.

December 1: World AIDS Day highlights need for continued action

November 29, 2011
In 2009, a global survey found that fifty per cent of educated youths admit they dont know enough about HIV and AIDS, according to AIESEC International, the worlds largest student organization. However, in the decade since the United Declaration of Commitment on HIV/AIDS was signed in 2001, HIV infections have been reduced by 17 per cent, according to the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and the World Health Organization. HSA members working to support people living with HIV and AIDS know that there are more people than ever living with HIV in BC.