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Municipal Pension Plan seminars scheduled for HSA members

June 30, 2015
The Municipal Pension Plan has scheduled seminars for HSA members as follows:

Steward and OH&S Training

June 22, 2015
Registration Information:Stewards may register by logging into My Events Registration. Workshops will be listed under Steward Education events.

HSA Scholarships for 2015

June 22, 2015
HSA REPORT MAGAZINE, JUNE 2015 HSA provides members and their children with several scholarships and bursaries for education. Scholarships are adjudicated by the union's education commiittee. Applications for 2016 will be accepted beginning in January 2016. Check for details at

Union trustees named to Joint Benefits Trust

June 22, 2015
The 2014-2019 HSPBA collective agreement includes provisions committing the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association (HSPBA) and Health Employers' Association of BC (HEABC) to establish the Joint Health Science Benefits Trust (JHSBT) for provision of health and welfare benefits. The JHSBT will be governed by a Board of Trustees with an equal number of trustees appointed by HSPBA and HEABC, and members of the HSPBA Working Group have now been selected to act as interim trustees. The Working Group members and interim trustees are:

New structure for better and more secure benefits

June 22, 2015
HSA REPORT MAGAZINE, JUNE 2015 BY DENNIS BLATCHFORDHSA PENSIONS AND BENEFITS ADVOCATE Q: I understand there was a presentation on the new health and welfare trust at the recent HSA annual convention. What were the highlights?

The backbone of the union

June 19, 2015
HSA REPORT MAGAZINE, JUNE 2015 By Val Avery, President Once again, I am honoured to have been elected to serve as your president. These are challenging times for people who work in health care and community social services. These are challenging times for unions. But we've proven that we can overcome these challenges – when we work together. We may represent over 100 different professions, but those differences don't divide us, they make us stronger. We are diverse, but not divided. Unique, but united.

The making of a leader

June 18, 2015
HSA REPORT MAGAZINE, JUNE 2015 When Rachel Notley made history on May 5, no one was prouder than the HSA staff and members who worked with her back in the day. Notley, who led Alberta's New Democrats from four seats to government, ending 44 years of Progressive Conservative rule, worked at HSA from 1994 to 2002, representing injured workers and helping members with occupational health and safety issues.

Growing up on the picket lines

June 18, 2015
HSA REPORT MAGAZINE, JUNE 2015 Val Avery was re-elected president of HSA by delegates attending convention in May. In her remarks just prior to balloting, she spoke of how er roots in the labour movement fuel her determination to fight for the future of HSA members. The full text of her speech follows. -------

Time for a better choice

June 16, 2015
HSA REPORT MAGAZINE, JUNE 2015 BY CAROL RIVIERE The upcoming federal election is an opportunity for all of us to take a stand on issues that matter. Issues like child care, good jobs, retirement security, and health care matter to Canadians, and in this election voters have a chance to make a better choice.

Stasia Hasumi, crisis intervention support worker

June 16, 2015
HSA REPORT MAGAZINE, JUNE 2015 BY LAURA BUSHEIKIN Stasia Hasumi, a Crisis Intervention Support Worker at the Comox Valley Transition Society, has plenty of high-stress moments at work. As a front-line worker at a 12-bed transition house for women and children, she needs to respond moment-by-moment to the needs of women facing danger, trauma and severely disrupted lives.