News & Updates

Subscribe to News & Updates

BC's largest social justice film festival underway Feb. 28

February 24, 2014
The Just Film Festival brings the pursuit of justice to the big screen, featuring social justice and environmental documentaries that go to the heart of issues confronting communities here and around the planet. The focus of the festival is to motivate audiences to action by focusing on issues both local and global. It runs February 28 – March 2 at Langara College and is BC's largest social justice film festival. The festival is suopported by, among other groups, CoDevelopment Canada, a long time beneficiary of HSA's Committee on Equality and Social Action's solidarity fund.

Sorting out the work week mess

February 24, 2014
HSA REPORT, MARCH 2014 BY JEANNE MEYERS, LABOUR RELATIONS AND LEGAL SERVICES As many members know, the process of transitioning to a 37.5 hour work week has been frustrating. From the beginning, employers have misunderstood and misinterpreted the terms of the negotiated agreement. They have attempted to reduce hours of work, eliminate earned days off and even layoff members. None of this is allowed by the agreement, which states that managers must work with staff in good faith to develop mutually-agreed schedules.

A unique opportunity

February 21, 2014
HSA REPORT, MARCH 2014 BY VAL AVERY, PRESIDENT, HEALTH SCIENCES ASSOCIATION Negotiating contracts is a big part of what unions do for their members. But it's not the only thing.

Meet the RPNs volunteers who beat back the raid

February 21, 2014
Surrey Memorial Hospital RPNs Abi Ologani, Tanya Maksymiw and Amanda Farrand HSA REPORT, MARCH 2014 A year ago, Tanya Maksymiw didn't know a lot about HSA. In fact, the RPN didn't know a lot about any unions, despite belonging to one union or the other over the last 20 years. And when HSA staff put on an information meeting on raiding at Surrey Memorial Hospital, she didn't go to get involved.

Q and A: How does the new contract affect my benefits?

February 19, 2014
HSA REPORT, MARCH 2014 BY DENNIS BLATCHFORD Q: Now that the collective agreement has been ratified, how will HSA go about moving to a joint governance model for delivering health and welfare benefits? And what does it mean in the short-term?

The importance of accident investigations

February 19, 2014
HSA REPORT, MARCH 2014 BY DAVID DURNING In British Columbia workplaces, employers are required to undertake investigations into any accident or incident that:

Reminder: RPNs must file drug coverage grievances before Feb 27

February 19, 2014
All HSA Registered Psychiatric Nurses are reminded that you will have until next Thursday, February 27, 2014 to file a grievance about lack of drug coverage. Decisions about grievance remedies will be made after February 27 once a full review of every individual grievance has been completed. To file a grievance on your behalf HSA requires that you complete the following form:

Community social service members ratify five year agreement

February 17, 2014
Agreement includes wage adjustments and pay increases Community social service workers have voted by 85 per cent in favour of ratifying a new collective agreement that includes wage adjustments and increases of up to 11.5 percent over five years. The new collective agreement will be in effect from April 1, 2014 until March 31, 2019. Community Living workers ratified the tentative agreement by 83 per cent. General Services ratified by 91 per cent, and Aboriginal Services ratified by 63 per cent.

Ayers to join HSA Board of Directors

February 14, 2014
Mandi Ayers, a lab technologist at Bulkley Valley District Hospital, will join the HSA Board of Directors in April 2014 as the Regional Director representing Region 10.

Reminder: Monday, March 10, 2014 - Deadline for Scholarships and Bursaries available for HSA members and their families

February 13, 2014
(deadline extended from original date of FebRUARY 28) HSA is offering scholarships and bursaries to all members and their children.  Ten scholarships will be awarded for full-time studies, twenty bursaries for full-time studies and four bursaries for part-time studies.  Two aboriginal scholarships will be awarded to aboriginal students in BC.