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New deadline for Region 8 election is Friday, July 15

June 29, 2011
Due to the recent lock-out by Canada Post of Canadian Union of Postal Workers members HSA has extended the deadline for Region 8 members to return their mail-in ballots to elect a new Region 8 Director.   With the new deadline, ballots must be received at the HSA office by 3:00 pm on Friday, July 15. Ballot envelopes received by HSA will continue to be stored in a secure location until the new deadline, at which time all ballots received will be counted by the Elections Committee.

Copeman Clinic: Health Coalition questions Medical Services Commissions ability to protect patients from illegal user charges

June 29, 2011
FOI reveals that auditors failed to verify Copemans claims that there was no preferential treatment at its member-only primary care clinic. The BC Health Coalition is calling for an inquiry into the provincial governments ability to ensure that patients get fair access to physician services after it was discovered the Medical Services Commission (MSC) did not perform a test of access during its 2007 audit of Vancouvers Copeman Healthcare Centre.

HSA encourages members to vote YES to scrap the HST

June 28, 2011
In keeping with a resolution passed by delegates at HSAs 2010 convention, HSA is encouraging members to vote -Yes" to extinguish the Harmonized Sales Tax in the current BC-wide referendum.  The 2010 resolution directed HSA to take the following actions to oppose the HST:

Reminder: Summer Institute for Union Women

June 27, 2011
July 13 - 17, 2011 - University of  Victoria There is still room available for HSA members wanting to attend this years Summer Institute for Union Women.

Revised date: Basic OH&S Steward Training

June 27, 2011
Please note this is a correction from last weeks bulletin (EB11-09) advertising the Basic OH&S Steward Training dates of October 18 & 19, the correct dates are: Basic OH&S Steward Training(2-day workshop): November 7 & 8, 2011     Please apply ASAP as workshops have been filling up quickly. Printer-friendly pdf. Pre-registration form:

Negotiate, don't legislate, CLC's Georgetti tells federal labour minister

June 23, 2011
Canadian Labour Congress President Ken Georgetti is calling for a return to the bargaining table so that locked-out postal workers can get back to work. Visit the Canadian Union of Postal Workers' (CUPW) website for information on how to support locked-out postal workers.

Community Social Services: Steady progress to job action

June 23, 2011
Essential service levels to be set by July 22 We are making steady progress in moving towards job action following the May 30 strike vote. 

Election of Region 8 director ... Deadline Extended

June 22, 2011
Due to the current lock-out by Canada Post of Canadian Union of Postal Workers members, HSA is extending the deadline for Region 8 members to return their mail-in ballots to elect a new Region 8 Director. Wednesday, June 29 was the original deadline for HSA to receive ballots.  Canada Post discontinued all regular mail delivery, and ceased accepting any new mail, in the middle of June.  Once mail service resumes, HSA will issue another bulletin to notify Region 8 members of the revised deadline for HSA to receive ballots.

Additional steward workshops scheduled

June 22, 2011
Due to increased demand for steward training and OH&S steward training, HSA is offering the following workshops: Basic OH&S Steward Training(2-day workshop):Oct 19&20NEW DATE: Nov 7 & 8, 2011 Basic Steward Training(3-day workshop):October 24 ... 26, 2011 Please apply ASAP as workshops have been filling up quickly.

Lower Mainland Health Information Management: HSA negotiating to minimize disruption

June 16, 2011
Since January 11, 2011, health employers have been attempting to consolidate Health Information Management (HIM) Lower Mainland wide.  HSA has been making attempts to negotiate a labour adjustment agreement to minimize impacts to our health information management members caught up in this process. To date, HSA does not have an agreed upon labour adjustment agreement with Providence for HIM Lower Mainland consolidation. We understand that the employer has gone ahead in implementing their organizational structure for HIM.