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HSA kicks off annual fall regional meetings for union activists

September 14, 2009
Kimball Finigan (radiation therapist, representing Region 5 on HSA's board of directors) chats with representatives from the Centre for Ability in Vancouver.

Countdown is on to October 4 Run for the Cure

September 10, 2009
As BC leaders in the fight to end breast cancer, the Health Sciences Association of BC is an active participant in the annual Run for the Cure, the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation's most important fundraising event of the year. As health sciences professionals, HSA members are the key health professionals breast cancer patients count on for the diagnosis and treatment of, and rehabilition from breast cancer.

Paying more and getting less: the private clinics threat to medicare

September 10, 2009

Celebrate Labour Day around the Province!

September 1, 2009
Monday, September 7 - celebrate Labour Day around the Province! Click here for a list of events in your community.

NUPGE wants respirators for health care workers

September 1, 2009
PHAC should follow the 'precautionary principle' for everyone who comes in direct contact with the pandemic influenza virus and make a 'fit-tested NIOSH approved N95 respirator' available to each employee. Ottawa (1 Sept. 2009) - The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) says all health care workers exposed to a pandemic flu virus like H1N1 should be given fit-tested NIOSH approved N95 respirators to protect them on the job.

Budget fails to come clean on cuts to health care services says HSA

September 1, 2009
British Columbia families will bear the brunt of the provincial governments failure to adequately fund health care, Health Sciences Association of BC president Reid Johnson said in response to the provincial governments budget introduced today. -This budget means that British Columbians, who rely on our health care system, will pay more for less." Johnson said. The government will introduce additional costs to individuals and families by increasing MSP premiums by six per cent starting Jan. 1, 2010 ... and beyond, as the budget promises annual increases to the premiums.

Labour Day Family Picnic

August 27, 2009
Join HSA, the BC Federation of Labour and other colleagues for a fun and relaxing family day Monday, September 7 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the annual Labour Day Picnic at John Hendry Park (Trout Lake) by Nanaimo Skytrain Station. The day will include family entertainment, fun (games and prizes), and food ($0.50 hotdogs, drinks & corn on the cob). Bring a picnic, stay for an hour or stay for the day. Click here to download the poster, and for directions to John Hedrey Park.

Fall 2009 Pension Seminars for Municipal Pension Plan Members

August 26, 2009
The municipal Pension Plan continues to offer pension seminars to plan members. Plan members have a choice of two seminars.  Your Pension, Your Future is for new and mid-career plan members. In this seminar, they'll explain pension benefits and help members understand how decisions they make today can impact their future pension income. Members will learn how to read their Member's Benefit Statement and find out how they can recover time from a break in service (such as general, maternity and parental leaves) to make the most of their future pension.

Lower Mainland health authorities issue press release regarding "Consolidation Opportunities"

August 17, 2009
The various Health Authorities in the Lower Mainland (VCHA, PHSA, FHA and PHC) today issued a press release dealing with "Lower Mainland Consolidation Opportunities".  The Union was only given the information, at a meeting with various Health Authorities, immediately before the press release was made public. The Union has not yet been provided any specific information in regards any potential impact of "consolidation" on the members of the Union.  

Retroactive portability of seniority for RPNs

August 12, 2009
One-time only opportunity to apply for portability of previous seniority credits In early 2008, the Nurses Bargaining Association was able to bargain a modification to portability of seniority for employees covered by the nurses provincial collective agreement. HSA was at the table representing our registered psychiatric nurse members.