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Important member survey on upcoming contract negotiations

September 28, 2017
HSA has contracted with Viewpoints Research to conduct a survey to find out more about member priorities related to contract negotiations, workload, member communications and other current issues. The survey will be conducted on line. Members will receive email invitations starting October 2, and the survey will be open until October 28. It takes 8-12 minutes to complete. Your participation is important. Survey results help HSA with strategic planning on immediate and long-term needs.

How is workload affecting your patients?

September 28, 2017
HSA REPORT MAGAZINE, SEPTEMBER 2017 A random survey conducted last fall found that 75 per cent of members are concened that workload is negatively impacting patient care. Over the course of 2016, HSA consulted thousands of members in several surveys. Over 5000 members completed a short survey on workload. Another 1400 completed a comprehensive survey. A futher 2500 were randomly sampled.

Watch out for member engagement team

September 27, 2017
HSA Report Magazine, September 2017 Last fall, HSA's mobilizing team brought together a small group of HSA members who wanted to do something more.

A return to good faith

September 25, 2017
REPORT MAGAZINE, SEPTEMBER 2017 BY VAL AVERY, PRESIDENT, HSA Months of uncertainty ended July 9. That's when an historic agreement between the NDP and Green Party of BC created a governing coalition that could hold a majority of seats in the BC Legislature, and bring down the minority BC Liberal government that had been hanging on since the May election. Years of indifference ended July 18. That's when Premier John Horgan and his cabinet was sworn in after 16 years of BC Liberal government.

Labour councils gearing up for local government elections

September 24, 2017
REPORT MAGAZINE, SEPTEMBER 2017 BY CAROL RIVIERE, HSA COMMUNICATIONS Choosing the politicians who govern our communities at the municipal or regional district level, and the school trustees who make decisions that affect our children's education, is a critical issue for working families. Over the next few months, several communities around the province will hold by-elections to fill vacant positions, and in the fall of 2018 there will be local government elections around the province.

Update on benefits for community social services

September 24, 2017
BY DENNIS BLATCHFORD, HSA PENSIONS AND BENEFITS ADVOCATE Q: I have been following the Health Sciences Benefit Trust (JHSBT) for Health Science Professional Bargaining Association members, and am wondering if there is any news about benefits for community social services professionals. I understood there was a commitment to review benefit plans in my sector as well. Is that the case?

Psychological health and safety in the workplace

September 24, 2017
HSA REPORT MAGAZINE, SEPTEMBER 2017 BY GERI GRIGG, HSA OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY OFFICEER Each year more than 20 per cent of Canadians experience a mental health issue or illness.

If you encounter a picket line at work, do not cross: contact your HSA steward or the union office

September 19, 2017
The Hospital Employees' Union issued 72-hour strike notice late Friday as HEU members in the contracted support service sector continue to bargain for a fair deal. Union members are now in a legal position to take job action to back their demands in bargaining.

Celebrate Labour Day around the province!

August 31, 2017
Unions and the labour movement are a huge force for positive change for union members, workers and society as a whole.  We owe everything from safe worksites, paid vacations, pensions, universal health care and much more to our unions. Come out and celebrate everything we have achieved, and that we continue to work for, together in the labour movement.  Solidarity forever!


August 22, 2017
HELP COMMUNITIES AFFECTED BY WILDFIRE   In communities across BC, thousands of people are suffering BC’s worst forest fire season in many years.