HSAS Member Bulletin - Issue 2 - April 2015
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HSAS Welcomes New Executive Director Dean Job
                        Dean Job, Executive Director

The Executive Council is pleased to announce that the process of filling the Executive Director position has been successful and would like to inform HSAS members of the hiring of Mr. Dean Job.
Dean brings with him near twenty years of experience within the union movement.  This experience dates back to 1996 when he was elected as a local Vice-President for the National Syndicate of Montreal Neurological Hospital Employees. He subsequently occupied the position of local President in 1998. In addition to his local duties in 1998, Dean was elected to the position of Executive Committee Vice-President for the Montreal Council of Hospital Syndicates Inc. His responsibilities included the oversight of bargaining units across four Montreal Hospital sites.

In 1999 Dean took on the role as Executive Committee President and in 2000, negotiated his first provincial collective agreement. He held this position until 2005 when the Quebec government passed anti-union laws restricting bargaining units to a maximum of four within each healthcare employer. Once the dust had settled, a new local union was born under the name of McGill University Health Centre Employees Union – CSN.  
From 2005 to 2011, Dean served as an Executive Committee Site Vice-President and along with twelve other executive committee members was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the largest health care union in Quebec representing close to 5000 health care employees across multiple McGill University hospital sites.

In 2011, after many years of elected service Dean decided it was time to consider a staff position within the labour field.  In April 2011, Dean accepted a Labour Relations Officer position with the New Brunswick
Union of Public and Private Employees.

In early 2012, after less than a year of serving in that role, Dean was asked to take on the duties of Director of Labour Relations for the organization.  His responsibilities included the management of all aspects related to servicing the membership and has remained in this position until the present.

In addition to having an extensive background as a union leader, Dean brings a strong passion for the union movement as a whole.   Many other qualities have served him well over the years.  He has shown himself to be a team player who is highly motivated, detail-oriented, resourceful, and creative.

Dean is married with two children and all are excited and looking forward to moving to Saskatchewan. Details of Dean’s official starting date have yet to be determined, but we are looking at dates later this spring or early summer. We will update the membership once this has been finalized. The plan is that Dean will be working out of the Regina office.

The Executive Council is looking forward to working with Dean as our new Executive Director, and on behalf of the HSAS membership and Staff, we would like to welcome him and his family to Saskatchewan. 
Your Questions Answered - Field Hours
Each month HSAS Labour Relation Officers receive a number of questions from HSAS members. This month we answer questions asked by members who work field hours. These questions include:
  1. What does our Union contract say about banking time in lieu?
  2. Is there anything in the contract stating that only patient care time is considered acceptable for the time in lieu banking of hours? 
  3. Would non-patient care such as record keeping, filing, stat inputting, meetings, and travel count as time in lieu?
  4. Is it acceptable to bank 15 minutes? Or does it have to be ½ hour or hour increments? 
Click here to read the HSAS member questions and our LRO responses.
         Thinking of Retiring?

Are you planning for your retirement?

Are you considering your options for extended health benefits coverage after retirement?

If yes, you may want to review 3sHealth's option that is available to health region retirees.

Click below to read the resources posted by 3sHealth on their website.

About the Retiree GMS Health and Dental Plan

Group Medical Services Retiree Benefits Brochure and Application

Group Medical Services Retiree Plan Booklet

         Your Contact Information

HSAS is requesting help in updating our email contact lists and database. If you feel that you have missed any HSAS email communications or know of a fellow member who isnt' receiving any emails from HSAS, please call us toll free at: 
1-888-565-3399 or you can email us at anytime. We are happy to update your information and ensure that you receive all pertinent Union communications such as Bargaining Updates, the eBulletin and Market Supplement information.

We have found that a number of the email addresses we have for members have been bounced for the following reasons:
  • Misspelled address
  • Mail box at capacity
  • Mailbox closed
  • Mailbox denied - Blackberry and Hotmail users

HSAS Union Bulletin Boards
The Collective Agreement provides for a Union bulletin board in each location.  If you do not have these materials in your worksite, please contact HSAS Communications. We will send you the materials for posting. Materials include: a laminated HSAS logo, a picture of your Labour Relations Officer and a description of what they do, and a laminated HSAS contact information sheet.
                                                                    42nd Annual HSAS Convention attendees
43rd Annual HSAS Convention

The 43rd Annual Convention of HSAS will be held October 22 & 23, 2015 in Regina, SK at the Delta Regina. HSAS has confirmed guest speaker Dionne Pohler from the University of Saskatchewan. Dionne will speak on social activism and the modern day Union.

Look for more Convention details in the next eBulletin!

Delegate Nomination forms will be sent to all members on May 12, 2015. The deadline for all Convention Delegate nominations is June 8, 2015
HSAS Welcomes Kathy Rees to the Executive Council

Your Executive Council welcomed Kathy Rees, Assessor Coordinator with the Saskatoon Health Region to Council in April 2015. Kathy is one of the two council members representing HSAS Assessor Coordinators.

Click here to learn more about your Executive Council.
Executive Council External Affairs Work
Better Employees Every Day Advisory Core Team (SHR)
Donna Torrens, Psychologist, SHR
Karen Wasylenko, Speech Language Pathologist, SHR

Provincial EFAP Committee
Donna Torrens, Psychologist, SHR

Emergency Department Wait Time and Patient Flow (Provincial)
Michelle Marud, Assessor Coordinator, SHR
Braden White, Advanced Care Paramedic, RQHR

Saskatchewan Association of Safe Work Places in Health (SASWH)
Renee Honoway, Emergency Medical Technician, KTHR

Saskatchewan Healthcare Employee's Pension Plan (SHEPP)

Natalie Horejda, Trustee, Physical Therapist, RQHR

SHEPP Union Partners Committee
Karen Wasylenko, Speech Language Pathologist, SHR

Saskatchewan Federation of Labour - Plaintiffs Committee of Instruction on Bill 5 & 6
Karen Wasylenko, Speech Language Pathologist, SHR
New HSAS Treasurer Elected

Following Sheryn Peterson’s departure from Executive Council to a new OOS job in Saskatoon Health Region, Amy Ewart was elected to the position of Treasurer at the March Executive Council meeting in Regina.

Amy is a Mental Health Therapist working with the Child and Youth Autism Team, in RQHR. Amy represents Recreational Therapists and Mental Health Therapists.
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