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Pride Week events: union members invited to participate with Multi-Union Pride group

Union members interested in participating in Vancouvers Pride Week events this year are encouraged to join two Multi-Union Pride events.

Saturday, Aug. 1:  Dyke March
The Vancouver Dyke March brings an all-inclusive march and festival to the East Side (Commercial Drive area).  Participants, friends, and supporters can enjoy an afternoon of visibility, pride, music, community, art and merry-making the day before the annual Pride Parade.

Support striking workers at Maple Ridge Extra Foods

Members of United Food and Commercial Workers 1518 have been on strike since December, 2008 over wages and benefits.

Join the members at a New Westminster and District Labour Council-organized Pancake Breakfast Rally to show your support.

HSA magazine takes top national award

At a national conference this weekend, the Canadian Association of Labour Media awarded its highest honour to The Report, the magazine for HSA members.

The Report won "Best Overall Publication" demonstrating the best combined use of writing, graphics, design, and editorial content and judgement.  The category includes all local, provincial, and national union publications produced by staff, including federations of labour across Canada

Workplace deaths and injuries continue to plague BC workers and families

April 28th, 2009 marks the 25th Anniversary of the Day of Mourning. Held in 100 countries around the world, it is a day to reflect on the terrible toll of workers killed and injured on the job.

Last year, 160 workers in BC were killed or died as the result of an occupational disease. Since 2002, workplace fatalities and serious injuries have continued to increase.

NUPGE calls for special prosecutors to protect workers

The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is calling on the Canadian government to appoint special prosecutors to step up enforcement of laws to protect workers on the job.

In conjunction with observances marking the 25th National Day of Mourning for workers killed and injured on the job in Canada, NUPGE president James Clancy has written to Rob Nicholson, the country's justice minister and attorney general, calling for new measures to improve safety for workers.

Rally to support hospital housekeepers

HSA President Reid Johnson will join with BC Federation of Labour President Jim Sinclair and HEU members in a rally and march to support hospital housekeepers currently in contract discussions with their employers Aramark, Sodexo and Compass.

HSA members are invited to demonstrate their support at the rally and march as follows:

The economic crisis in BC: Developing an alternative

The Vancouver & District Labour Council Education Committee
and the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives present a public forum and conference on the economic crisis in BC.

The public forum, Economics for Everyone, will be held Friday Jan. 30 from 7 - 9 p.m. at the Maritime Labour Centre, 1880 Triumph Street, Vancouver.

Featured speaker is Jim Stanford, Canadian Auto Workers' economist and author of Economics for Everyone.

HSA welcomes 120 new members from CML HealthCare

Employees at 10 Metro Vancouver locations of CML Healthcare, a private medical imaging and laboratory company with locations across Canada, have voted to join the Health Sciences Association of BC. The 120 employees join HSA members working at 12 CML facilities in Metro Vancouver and on Vancouver Island.

Nominations open for HSA President

HSAs 2009 Annual Convention will include an election for the position of President, a full-time position that carries a two-year term.

All members in good standing are eligible to run for President when nominated in writing by six members.  

Nominations for President are open until the final call for nominations takes place on the last day of convention Saturday, April 25, 2009.