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2009 Run for the Cure: Register today for Team HSA

August 10, 2009
This years annual Run for the Cure, the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation's most important fundraiser, is Sunday October 4. HSA has supported the run since 1997, and is one of three regional sponsors of the Run for the Cure. At every step from diagnosis to treatment and recovery, highly trained health science professionals use their expertise to help breast cancer patients. The union urges HSA members and others to join the HSA team to run or walk for the cure October 4.

Calling young union members: Get to know the labour movement at September retreat

August 5, 2009
The B.C. Federation of Labour Young Worker Retreat is planned for September 25 to 27 at Camp Jubilee. Participants at last year's retreat for 19- to 30-year-old union members enjoyed the opportunity to meet other newcomers and activists to the union movement, and the retreat is expected to fill up quickly. Follow the link for information about registration and retreat activities.

Fall regional meetings to include elections for HSPBA Bargaining Proposal Conference in November

August 4, 2009
Health Sciences Association will hold a Bargaining Proposal Conference November 8-10, 2009 to prepare for bargaining of a new collective agreement for health science professionals. The current collective agreement expires March 31, 2010. Elections for delegates to the Bargaining Proposal Conference will be held at regional meetings set for September and October 2009. The schedule of regional meetings follows.

Pride Week events: union members invited to participate with Multi-Union Pride group

July 22, 2009
Union members interested in participating in Vancouvers Pride Week events this year are encouraged to join two Multi-Union Pride events. Saturday, Aug. 1:  Dyke MarchThe Vancouver Dyke March brings an all-inclusive march and festival to the East Side (Commercial Drive area).  Participants, friends, and supporters can enjoy an afternoon of visibility, pride, music, community, art and merry-making the day before the annual Pride Parade.

Survey asks: Is your worksite ready for H1N1 pandemic?

July 20, 2009
HSA members and stewards, including OHS stewards, are encouraged to help the union gather information about the state of preparedness in your facility for a possible pandemic. Please complete a short online survey to help HSA gather information about the extent to which Health Authorities are prepared to protect the health of employees, as well as patients and their families.

2010 should be a year to showcase health care in British Columbia, not cut the service patients depend on

July 15, 2009
Taking a tough stand on health care budgets will hurt British Columbia at a time it wants to shine, says Reid Johnson, president of the Health Sciences Association, the union that represents 16,000 health science professionals who provide the diagnostic, clinical, and rehabilitation services British Columbians count on for your good health. Just last week, Health Minister Kevin Falcon was singing the praises of the fast-tracked breast cancer diagnosis clinics in the Lower Mainland as a key to early diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer.

Education fund available for HSA members in HSPBA agreement

July 8, 2009
(This information applies to HSA members of the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association.) In January of 2008 the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association successfully negotiated an agreement to resolve issues flowing from the Supreme Court of Canada decision that certain sections of Bill 29 were unconstitutional. HSA made professional development for our members a priority. As a result, the final agreement included a fund for professional development education for all HSPBA members.

Get educated -- classes for union members

July 3, 2009
The Canadian Labour Congress is offering a number of courses for Saturday, October 24 at The Justice Institute in New Westminster.  The deadline for registration is Wednesday, October 14, 2009.  *Members may apply under the Madden Memorial Fund to cover registration fees and travel costs.  (Application forms are at the bottom of this posting or from your chief steward.) Date:October 24, 2009 Time:9:00 a.m. ... 4:30 p.m.  (8:30 a.m. Registration)

Make your HSA team the best it can be!Fall 2009 Steward Training Level 1

July 2, 2009
Stewards play a vital role in the union.  Particularly important is the stewards role in contract interpretation, organizing and the grievance procedure.  In recognition of the need for educating new stewards in these areas, HSA is offering a 3-day Steward Training ... Level 1 workshop at the HSA office this fall: Dates:  October 26, 27, 28, 2009Location: HSA Office, 300 ... 5118 Joyce Street, Vancouver

Help make your workplace safe! Fall 2009 OH&S Steward Training

July 2, 2009
HSA is offering two 2-day OH&S steward workshops this fall: Dates:Workshop #1:  November 2 & 3, 2009Workshop #2:  November 23 & 24, 2009 Location:HSA Office, 300 ... 5118 Joyce Street, Vancouver