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You’re invited to participate in the 2022 HSA Survey on Diversity Demographics

June 15, 2022
Earlier this month, the first Bi-Annual HSA Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Report was released. The report provided key definitions, goals, and principles that set out a foundation for shared understanding of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion issues and terms. It also described four priority areas of focus for the coming months, first of which was a demographic survey to members.

CSS Bargaining Update: Collective Bargaining 101

June 15, 2022
Community social services bargaining is on a scheduled break this week and will resume next week at the bargaining table.   Before the break, your bargaining committee started to talk about monetary priorities with the employers’ representatives. We expect those discussions to continue when bargaining resumes.

Disability Awareness and Disability Justice

June 15, 2022
DATE:              November 7, 2022 TIME:               9:00 am to 4:30 pm LOCATION:    Virtual – WebEx details to follow People with disabilities represent the world’s largest minority and the third largest economic power behind China and the United States. Yet disabled people still experience barriers, prejudice, and bias on a daily basis.

CBA Bargaining Update: Working Groups on Key Issues Created

June 15, 2022
After bargaining with Health Employers’ Association of BC (HEABC) these last couple days and for two weeks in May, we are very close to agreement on issues around mobility, overtime, and other non-monetary items.   The bargaining committee has created the following working groups:

FINAL REMINDER: HSA nurses eligible for college fee reimbursement - apply to HSA by June 30, 2022

June 14, 2022
HSA’s Registered Psychiatric Nurses and Registered Nurses are again eligible for partial reimbursement of fees paid to the BC College of Nurses and Midwives (BCCNM).

HSA welcomes program to expedite MRI technologist training

June 10, 2022
With growing shortages of specialized health care professionals causing unsustainable workload issues and affecting the quality and timeliness of patient care in BC, Health Sciences Association welcomes a new provincial program to help MRI technologist students graduate earlier and enter the workforce sooner.

CSS Bargaining Update: FAQ from the bargaining table

June 8, 2022
The bargaining committee has been hard at work at the negotiations table with the employers’ association ensuring that member priorities are heard. The committee is taking a break from negotiations and has scheduled the next round of talks for the week of June 20. Here are some key updates about the bargaining process and a few frequently asked questions. What is the Community Social Services Bargaining Association (CSSBA), and the Community Social Services Employers Association (CSSEA)?

CSS Bargaining Update: Monetary priorities tabled by committee

June 3, 2022
The Community Social Services (CSS) Bargaining Committee is back at the bargaining table and has begun to discuss monetary priorities with the employers’ association.   The monetary package was thoughtful and reflective of the priorities identified for the CSS negotiating committee. During the first two years of the pandemic, community social service workers were there and are still there supporting children, families, and individuals in our communities across the province that have needed us the most.  

Summer Institute for Union Women – Details Released for June 23-25, 2022 Virtual Conference

June 3, 2022
Details for the 2022 Summer Institute for Union Women have just been released by the BC Federation of Labour: Registration for the 2022 Summer Institute for Union Women (SIUW) has opened! This year’s Institute will take place from Thursday, June 23 through Saturday, June 25. Attendees of this three-day virtual leadership institute will take part in skill-building workshops, cultural activities, political action and education sessions designed to expand their understanding of solidarity and build connections.

Bi-Annual HSA Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Report Released Today

June 2, 2022
It has been just under two years since HSA completed an extensive survey of racialized members and their experiences of racism at work, the final results of which were released as the “Confronting Racism with Solidarity” report. The report “In Plain Sight” authored by Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond and her investigation into anti-Indigenous racism within BC’s health care system was released just a few months later.