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CSS Bargaining Update – Looking to tell your stories

March 22, 2022
The Community Social Services Bargaining Association is continuing to meet with the employers’ association.   The Bargaining Committee is pushing to achieve the non-monetary priorities that members identified as important measures to address the challenges in the community social services sector.   By the end of last week, the Committee had tabled all non-monetary topics and interests for consideration. In-depth discussions of these critical issues will continue this week on these critical issues and there are several days of negotiations scheduled.  

HSPBA Bargaining Update – Initial Round of Talks Complete

March 15, 2022
The HSPBA Bargaining Committee has concluded the initial round of discussions with the Health Employers Association of BC (HEABC), which began March 3.   To date, the Committee has tabled language in three areas:

Stories from the Atmospheric River

March 14, 2022
The series of atmospheric rivers that hit southwestern British Columbia in late November caused flooding and mudslides that affected the lives of many HSA members, with those living in Merritt and Princeton among the worst hit. HSA’s Board of Directors created a flood relief fund to assist members with immediate expenses caused by evacuations.

Helping Children Cope: The Role of a Child Life Specialist in MRI

March 11, 2022
By Lisa Daechsel, HSA member “I don’t want to be strapped to the bed” “I’m scared of loud noises” “I hate needles” “There is no way my child can lay still for that long”These are just some of the things that I hear from children and families regarding MRI imaging. For many children and families, the MRI experience can create fear and anxiety. This is one example where the involvement of a child life specialist can be beneficial.

CBA Bargaining Update – Deeply disappointed by the employer’s initial wage proposal

March 9, 2022
The Health Employers’ Association of BC (HEABC) tabled their initial wage proposal for the Community Health agreement, and we are deeply disappointed. We need a significant investment in front-line workers to address the staffing crisis in community health and we won’t accept anything less.   We expect challenging monetary negotiations, but the last weeks of bargaining have shown us that when we stand together, with your support, we can achieve important improvements for our sector.  

CSS Bargaining Update – Five Weeks in

March 8, 2022
Last week was week five of negotiations between the Community Social Services Bargaining Association (CSSBA) and the Community Social Services Employers' Association (CSSEA).   Negotiations opened on Tuesday, March 1st by recognizing that March is Community Social Services Month, a time to honour and reflect on the important work that community social service professionals do for our social safety net and for communities.  

HSPBA Bargaining Update – Negotiations Begin

March 3, 2022
Bargaining for the new Health Science Professional collective agreement has begun.

NUPGE submission to Federal Budget 2022 consultation

March 1, 2022
In its submission to the federal government's consultation around Budget 2022 released this week, NUPGE (National Union of Generaland Public Employees Union) has pointed to the federal government's response to the COVID-19 pandemic as evidence that government has the capacity to improve public services.

Virtual Basic Steward Training - March 28-30, 2022

February 24, 2022
Virtual Basic Steward Training  Registration Information: Stewards may register by logging into My Events Registration. Workshops are listed under Steward Education events.   Virtual Basic Steward Training (three days in series)

Decolonization Two Day Virtual Workshop

February 22, 2022
HSA is pleased to offer another opportunity to attend this two-day workshop!  DATES:            April 5 & 6, 2022TIME:               9:00 am to 4:30 pmLOCATION:      Virtual – WebEx details to follow