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THE FUTURE OF MEDICARE - A vision for a renewed public health care system

January 6, 2011
Join Libby Davies, MP and Don Davies, MP, for an important discussion. Thursday, January 20th:  7pm to 9pmMount Pleasant Neighbourhood House800 East Broadway @ Prince Albert, 1 block east of Fraser With special guest panelists: • Megan Leslie and Adrian Dix, Federal NDP and BC NDP Health Critics• Rachel Tutte, Co-Chair of the BC Health Coalition• Sylvia MacLeay, President of the Council of Senior Citizens of BC• Guest speaker from Canadian Doctors for Medicar

Nominations open for David Bland Memorial Award

January 5, 2011
Six years ago, in 2005, David Bland, a vocational rehabilitation counsellor and HSA member from Richmond Mental Health, was murdered at his workplace by a former client.  His tragic death served as a sombre reminder that more needs to be done to prevent incidents of violence in the workplace and to protect health care ands social services workers on the job. 

Tentative agreement reached for health science professionals

December 23, 2010
A tentative agreement has been reached between the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association (HSPBA) and Health Employers Association of BC (HEABC). Health science professionals are members of the modern health care team who deliver clinical, diagnostic and rehabilitation services in hospitals and communities throughout the province. Reid Johnson, HSA president, said the agreement meets objectives set by HSAs bargaining proposal conference in November 2009, despite bargaining in a tough economic climate.

Happy holidays from HSA

December 20, 2010
In past years, the Health Sciences Association has marked the holiday season with cards of thanks and greetings to activists, colleagues, supporters and suppliers to thank you for the work you do with us throughout the year.

Community social services: negotiations break off

December 16, 2010
Talks between the unions representing BC's community based social services workers and the Community Social Services Employers Association (CSSEA) have broken off a little more than a week away from Christmas. The lost yearThe collective agreement expired at the end of March this year. All terms and conditions ... except the employment security provisions ... continue to be in effect.

HSA members encouraged to identify key issues for health science professionals

December 14, 2010
The Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC) is conducting a national study to identify issues of concern to health science professionals trained at community colleges.  One of the goals of the project, which has been funded by Health Canada, is to develop policy recommendations on how best to address recruitment and retention issues for these health science professions.

40th Annual HSA Convention to be held April 7-9, 2011 in Vancouver (REVISED)

December 10, 2010
The next HSA Annual Convention will take place April 7-9, 2011 at the Westin Bayshore Hotel in Vancouver. All HSA members are welcome to attend and speak at the convention.  However, only delegates have the right to vote. For chapters with 49 or fewer members, the HSA chief steward is the sole delegate.  If the chief steward is not attending convention, an alternate should be identified.  Chapters with more than 49 members are entitled to one additional delegate for each additional 50 members or portion thereof.

•Therefore be it resolved

December 10, 2010
HSA members will soon be preparing for the 2011 HSA Convention, to be held April 7, 8, & 9, 2011 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.

Nominations open for Regional Director positions in Region 1, 3, 5, 7 & 9

December 10, 2010
This year, Regional Director elections will take place in Regions 1, 3, 5, 7, & 9.  All HSA members in these regions are encouraged to put their name forward for these important positions. Directors meet, on average, every six weeks and take an active leadership role in representing the union.  They receive wage replacement for the time they spend in official meetings at their own regular rate of pay.  Part-time and casual members are reimbursed as if they were at work during the meetings they attend.

Nominations open for HSA President

December 10, 2010
HSAs 2011 Annual Convention will include an election for the position of President, a full-time position that carries a two-year term. All members in good standing are eligible to run for President when nominated in writing by six members.  Nominations for President are open until the final call for nominations takes place on the last day of convention Saturday, April 9, 2011.