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New Island Health travel reimbursement policy violates HSPBA Contract

January 15, 2018
New Island Health travel reimbursement policy violates HSPBA contract Policy raises barriers to reimbursement of work-related expenses 

MSP premium reduction savings must be passed onto members, says HSPBA

January 15, 2018
The savings resulting from the 50 per cent reduction in Medical Services Plan premiums introduced by the BC government January 1, 2018 must be directed to employees, says Jeanne Meyers, HSA’s Executive Director of Legal and Labour Relations. Under the HSPBA collective agreement, employers pay 100 per cent of MSP benefits, representing a benefit negotiated on behalf of members. “Savings realized by employers by the reduction in premiums must be passed onto members, and not put into employers’ coffers,” Meyers said.

Guatemalan women’s organizations to be featured in March 2018 learning delegation led by CoDev Canada

January 3, 2018
CoDevelopment Canada (CoDev), a BC-based non-governmental organization working for social change in the Americas, is inviting interested HSA members to travel with a learning delegation to Guatemala in March 2018 to meet with some of CoDev’s partner organizations supporting women in Guatemala, who face enormous economic and social challenges. The ten-day delegation is scheduled for March 17 to 26. Participants are responsible for their own costs, estimated at $1300 to $1570, plus airfare. Applications are open until January 30, 2018.

HSA partners with BC Centre on Substance Use to support social work research fellowship in addiction care

December 21, 2017
Health Sciences Association of BC (HSABC) has partnered with the British Columbia Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU) to offer an Addiction Social Work Fellowship. As the leading union in providing multidisciplinary care services for British Columbians living with mental health and substance use challenges, HSA is committed to the professional development of health science professionals working in the field.

2018 HSA OH&S Conference - Save the Date! June 4-6, 2018

December 21, 2017
2018 HSA OH&S Conference Save the Date!   Hello all HSA Stewards, EDMP reps, and JOHS Committee reps!

Convention 2018: deadline for resolutions is February 9

December 19, 2017
HSA members will soon be preparing for the 2018 HSA Convention, to be held April 27 and 28, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Vancouver.   Convention is the union's annual meeting where chapter representatives from around the province determine the union's future direction. The union’s policies, actions and structure are all discussed, debated, and voted on at convention. Any changes to the constitution must be by resolution, and must pass by a two-thirds majority of those voting at the annual convention to pass.  

Nominations Now Open for HSA Board of Director Elections

December 18, 2017
 Nominations Now Open for HSA Board of Director Elections Nominations are now open for regional director elections in Regions 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10.  This is an excellent opportunity for members to contribute to the leadership of the union and to represent the interest of other members. HSA’s Board of Directors is comprised of 10 regional directors elected by members in the regions, and the president, who is elected every two years by delegates to the union’s convention.

HSA Social Justice Day Workshop - February 19, 2018

December 14, 2017
  Social Justice Day – a one-day workshop  

Scholarship Opportunities Available Through HSA

November 28, 2017
Applications for all Scholarships and Bursaries can be found on the HSA website under Member Benefits – Scholarships and Bursaries   HSA Aboriginal Scholarship Eligibility: