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Premiers join medicare advocates in calling for federal reinvestment in health care

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July 16, 2015 (St. John's, NL): After a week of activities organized by health care advocates from across the country calling for federal leadership to ensure universal access to public health care, the Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador Paul Davis has announced that the he and his provincial counterparts are asking the federal government to increase the health-related transfers to the provinces. 

The making of a leader

Rachel Notley


When Rachel Notley made history on May 5, no one was prouder than the HSA staff and members who worked with her back in the day.

Notley, who led Alberta's New Democrats from four seats to government, ending 44 years of Progressive Conservative rule, worked at HSA from 1994 to 2002, representing injured workers and helping members with occupational health and safety issues.

Time for a better choice



The upcoming federal election is an opportunity for all of us to take a stand on issues that matter.

Issues like child care, good jobs, retirement security, and health care matter to Canadians, and in this election voters have a chance to make a better choice.


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.

BC government acts on HSA call for summit on violence in health care

Following HSA President Val Avery's proposal, Health Minister Terry Lake will convene a summit to address the continuing problem of violence in health care workplaces. The provincial government has invited HSA to help conduct the day-long solutions-oriented discussion Tuesday April 7 in Richmond.

March 31: Rally For Health Care

On March 31st, communities across the country are rallying to call for federal leadership on health care.

Last year, the Federal Government let the Health Accord expire. Without an Accord, there is no agreement between Ottawa and the provinces to ensure equal access, proper funding, and high standards for health care in Canada.

The provinces are asking for a new Accord, but the federal government is refusing to discuss a new deal.

Why it makes sense to vote YES

HSA Report, March 2015

The BC Federation of Labour is encouraging union members and all Metro Vancouver residents to vote yes in the upcoming spring transit referendum.

Don't break our hearts: raise the minimum wage

Following up on the vote by delegates to the 2014 BC Federation of Labour convention, a campaign to raise the minimum wage to $15 and hour in BC is building momentum.

A key component of the campaign is to hold monthly actions on the 15th of every month to advocate for the change. Increasing the minimum wage to $15/hour would put a full-time worker 10 per cent above Statistics Canada’s low-income-cut-off. Other cities, including Seattle and San Francisco are already moving to a $15/hour minimum wage.