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Convention delegates debate key resolutions, re-elect Avery as HSA president

May 5, 2015
Physiotherapist Val Avery was re-elected to serve as HSA president at a convention attended by over 300 delegates from around BC.

BC Nurses' Union puts workers and patients at risk, Labour Board rules

April 30, 2015
The BC Labour Relations Board has ruled that workers and patients were put at risk by dangerous tactics used by BC Nurses' Union (BCNU) organizers in December. The BCNU organizers were attempting to convince registered psychiatric nurses to leave their union, Health Sciences Association of BC.

Safer and Healthier Workplaces — Just One Election Away

April 28, 2015
Every year, thousands of Canadians are killed or injured on the job or die from work-related diseases. Yet, this is something few of us think about when we mark our ballots at election time. This year, Canadians have an opportunity to elect a new federal government. Let's make sure that the people we vote for will go to Parliament and ensure the next government will properly enforce health and safety laws, including the criminal code when necessary.

Update on 37.5 hour work grievances

April 28, 2015
This is an update for all BC Cancer Agency members with outstanding 37.5 hour work week grievances, and follows up on the bulletin we sent out to you on February 10. In February we told you that the employer was prepared to negotiate a resolution to the outstanding 37.5 hour grievances at the BC Cancer Agency, and that we were working towards a prototype resolution at the Fraser Valley Cancer Centre. We were hopeful that discussions would result in resolutions for many of the outstanding grievances.

HSA offers scholarships for Summer Institute for Union Women - June 23-27, 2015

April 24, 2015
June 23-27, 2015 Reed College campus, Portland, Oregon Fighting for a Fair Future The Summer Institute for Union Women (SIUW) is a 4-day residential school designed to empower women as leaders in the labour movement through participatory education and community-building. See the University of Oregon website for more details.

Wage increase in effect in first full pay period of April

April 20, 2015
Under the terms of the collective agreements, a general wage increase of 1 per cent for all members covered by the Health Science Professionals (HSPBA), Community Social Services (CSSBA), and Community Health Services and Support (CBA) contracts takes effect the first pay period after April 1, 2015. A majority of employers have the first full pay period as April 11 - 25, so the wage increase takes effect in that pay period.

HSPBA collective agreement booklets now being distributed

April 17, 2015
The 2014 – 2019 Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association (HSPBA) contracts have been printed and are beginning to be distributed to members at worksites across the province.   Employers are responsible for the distribution of the collective agreements to every employee. If you do not receive a copy of your collective agreement, please contact your Human Resources department to receive one.   Human Resources departments may work with HSA stewards to distribute the contract booklets.  

Thinking about retiring or new to your pension plan? Regular seminars offered

April 14, 2015
HSA members covered by the Municipal Pension Plan are reminded about free seminars offered by your pension plan, the Municipal Pension Plan. There are still spots available for members within five years of retirement at seminars in Chetwyn, Slamon Arm, Fort St. John, Revelstoke, Surrey, Vernon, and Nelson in May. For members who are new- or mid-careet, seminars explaining pension benefits and providing information about decision-making today that affects your future are available in Trail, Victoria, Terrace, Smithers, Langley, and Burnaby in April and May.


April 7, 2015
HSA President Val Avery said she is pleased to have attended today's BC government summit on violence in the health care system. The summit, hosted by Health Minister Terry Lake in response to Avery's recent call for action, included representatives from other health care unions, health authorities, occupational health and safety experts and other industry stakeholders.