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Workshop on Race and Racism in Health Care and Social Services - Nov 23 and 24, 2022

July 8, 2022
Workshop on Race and Racism in Health Care and Social Services HSA is pleased to offer this two-day virtual workshop specifically designed for HSA site stewards, OHS stewards, and EDMP representatives.

Updates to BC’s Emergency Health Provider Registry

July 6, 2022
Since its launch, the Emergency Health Provider Registry (EHPR) has adapted to respond to health system emergencies (including floods, wildfires, and other climate-change related disasters) and the COVID-19 pandemic. More than 10,000 people are currently registered with the EHPR and the Ministry of Health is undertaking a refresh of the system to update registrant information and improve our capacity to contact and deploy registrants in a timely way.

CSS Bargaining Update: challenging discussions going into the summer

July 5, 2022
The Community Social Services Negotiating Committee was back at the bargaining table June 22 - 24.  We continued to work through a number of significant items, including further discussions on the monetary priorities put forward by community social service workers from all three sub-sectors -- Community Living Services, General Services and Indigenous Services.  

Member survey on contract and workload issues now open

July 4, 2022
Health Sciences Association of BC has contracted Viewpoints Research to conduct the annual survey to learn about member priorities and concerns as the union continues negotiations for your next contract. Viewpoints Research an industry leader with 30 years of experience conducting research for unions and other progressive organizations. Using an experienced third-party professional research firm for this membership survey ensures confidentiality and the highest quality of data.

HSA Regional Meeting and member-at-large election dates set for 2022

June 30, 2022
The dates have been set for HSA’s 2022 Annual Regional Meetings and member-at-large elections. After two years of virtual meetings, we are returning to in-person meetings throughout the province. Annual Regional Meetings are a forum for HSA activists and members to connect with other members in their region, and to get caught up on the union’s work.

HSA to modernize HSA steward titles

June 30, 2022
As the union of specialized professionals delivering modern health care and community services, it’s time to modernize some of the language we use.   HSA is dedicated to meaningful reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples, the importance of which is reinforced by ongoing revelations of institutional abuse through the Canadian residential school system. That means seeking to use respectful and inclusive language wherever possible.  

Why awareness about domestic violence matters in the workplace: HSA workshop

June 29, 2022
HSA is pleased to offer a one-day workshop focused on the impact domestic violence has on workers and workplaces, and the role of employers and unions in keeping workplaces safe. The workshop will feature two guest experts: Anne Davis, an HSA member and transition house worker with expertise and training in anti-violence, and Kamal Dhillon, author of I am Kamal: Survivor to Thriver!, an autobiographical account of her experiences of domestic violence.

HSA secures $3 million in new funding for professional development

June 29, 2022
Please note that applications for this fund are not yet open. Members will be notified when application forms are available. The Health Sciences Association of BC is pleased to announce $3 million in new funding for professional development of health science professionals. The new funding, secured from the BC Ministry of Health, is the latest in the union’s long-standing program of support for the professional development of members, building on $3 million provided in 2018 and another $3 million in 2021.

HSA Contract Interpretation for Stewards Workshop - Nov 1st or 2nd, 2022

June 29, 2022
HSA Contract Interpretation for Stewards Following basic steward training, many stewards request additional training to build their confidence in dealing with complex workplace issues. This one-day training session is for stewards to enhance their skills in grievance handling, workplace investigations and respect in the workplace issues. Participants will have the opportunity to learn advocacy skills, how to prepare for stage 2 and stage 3 meetings and interpretation of collective agreement language.

Level Two OH&S Training (Virtual)

June 29, 2022
HSA is pleased to offer this one-day virtual workshop specifically designed for Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) stewards and Joint Occupational Health and Safety (JOHS) representatives working to support members with their occupational health and safety concerns. DATE:              November 29, 2022 TIME:               9:00 am to 4:30 pm LOCATION:    Virtual – WebEx details to follow