Who do I contact?
Your first point of contact should be a shop steward. Choose one who works for the same employer (CRD, GVHS, VIHA, WSPR) as you, and either in your work area or near your location. You can also contact one of the coordinators, chairs, or the vice-president. All are listed on our Contact page.
How do I file a grievance?
If you have an issue that you think deserves a grievance, then contact one of the stewards, coordinators, or chairs – all listed on our Contact page – and they will investigate the issue and determine whether the union will proceed with filing a grievance on your behalf.
How do I get involved?
You can help our local by becoming part of a committee, for example a healthy & safety committee in your workplace, or by becoming a steward. To find out more, speak to one of the union stewards or other executive members listed on the Contact page.
Who do I contact about an Occupational Health and Safety issue?
If you have a “joint health & safety committee” at your workplace, then you should bring the issue up with your union representative on that committee. WorkSafeBC has a page describing the role of Joint Health & Safety Committees.
If you do not have a joint health & safety committee then bring the issue forward to one of the union executive members or shop stewards listed on the Contact page.
How do I file a WCB claim?
Our local does not get involved in WCB claims. Follow the steps on https://www.worksafebc.com/en/claims/report-workplace-injury-illness/how-workers-report-workplace-injury-illness which are:
- report your injury or illness to your supervisor or manager
- see your doctor or practitioner and tell them that your injury/illness is work related
- start a claim by reporting the injury/illness to WCB, which you can do by phoning 1-888-WORKERS (1.888.967.5377)
Can I get help with a WCB claim?
The union does not get involved with WCB claims. We can, however, provide you with information about the process, please contact one of the executive members listed on the Contact page.
There is also an independent Workers’ Advisers Office which provides free advice and assistance to workers and their dependants on disagreements they may have with WorkSafeBC decisions.
Who do I contact about Good and Welfare?
Good and Welfare is a program run by the union to support members who have recently gone through a death in the family, birth of a child, hospitalization, or retirement. If you know a member who needs some flowers, fruit basket, gift card, etc., please contact Kathy Marshall at the CRD.
How do I apply to the HSPBA Education Fund?
VIHA members can apply for funding to support continuing education that is related to their work. Complete the HSPA-Funding and send it to the VIHA coordinator, Lindsay Fumalle.
Can I get financial assistance with a short-term medical disability?
The federal EI Sickness Benefit program offers temporary financial assistance to unemployed workers. This assistance includes providing sickness benefits to people unable to work because of sickness, injury, or quarantine.
If you cannot work because of sickness, injury or quarantine, but you would otherwise be available to work, you could be eligible to receive up to a maximum of 15 weeks of EI sickness benefits.