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Vote for HSA member nominated for YWCA Women of Distinction Award

Long-time HSA activist Rachel Tutte has been nominated for a Women of Distinction Award in the Metro Vancouver YWCAs 2012 awards competition.  Recognized nationally as one of Canadas most prestigious awards for women, the Women of Distinction Awards honour women whose outstanding achievements contribute to the well-being and future of our community.

HSA signs Canadian Health Coalitions -Call to Care"

The Health Sciences Association of BC  has joined more than 180 organizations in endorsing the Canadian Health Coalitions -Call to Care", to secure the future of Medicare.  The CHC statement outlines a vision and a list of principles to build a better public health care system that works for everyone.  

The federal government has recently announced that it intends to cut funding to the provinces for health care, and to abdicate its responsibility to ensure that the principles of the Canada Health Act are upheld across the country.  

National Union endorses April's Not Myself Campaign to support mental health

During April, the Not Myself Today campaign intends to mobilize all Canadians in a movement to transform the way we think about, act towards and support mental health.

Ottawa (10 April 2012) ... The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is joining a broad range of organizations to support the Not Myself Today campaign initiated by the newly-formed Partners for Mental Health. On hand for the campaign launch was NUPGE National President James Clancy and Vice-President (Ontario) Nancy Pridham.

Holidays Act Q&A: employees working July 2, 2012 get stat pay

Q:  Im scheduled to work July 1, and not on July 2.  However, my employer says that I will not be getting paid at the -statutory holiday" rate for work on July 1.  Is this right?

A:  This year, July 1 falls on a Sunday.  According to the federal Holidays Act, this means the legal statutory holiday is July 2.  For 2012, members working July 2 will receive stat pay ... not those working July 1.

Federal budget will increase income inequality; hurt families and the economy

The federal budget will increase income inequality, decrease the quality of life for Canadians and slow economic recovery.

Ottawa (29 March 2012) - The Harper government's budget fails the Fairness Test [1]because it will increase income inequality and make life harder for vulnerable Canadians, said James Clancy, National President of the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE).

Incorrect information about tax deduction for LTD premiums paid

A recent article in The Report contained incomplete information about tax deductions.
The potential for deducting for LTD premiums only applies if you are on an accepted LTD claim.
 
A member who is on an accepted LTD claim may be able to claim on their tax returns for LTD premiums they have previously paid. Whether they are eligible to do so, and how far back they can claim, is something HSA recommends you discuss with a financial or tax professional.

Lower Mainland rally to support teachers set for Wednesday

HSA members who are able to attend are encouraged to support striking teachers at a rally Wednesday, March 7.

  • Date: Wednesday, March 7
  • Time: 2 p.m.
  • Place: Vancouver Art Gallery (Hornby & Georgia)

The following speakers will be featured at the rally:

UPDATED EVENTS: March 8: Unions are leading the fight for womens equality

International Womens Day: When our mothers entered the workforce a generation ago, job postings still listed higher wages for men ... -mens rates" ... alongside lower -womens rates," for people working side by side, doing exactly the same job.
While women have fought for and achieved many significant gains, the wage gap between women and men today remains staggering: almost 30 per cent. Women working full-time still only make 70 cents for every dollar men are paid.

BC Teachers Federation and B.C. Federation of Labour to rally in Victoria next week to oppose Bill 22 and to support a fair and negotiated agreement for BC teachers

The BC Teachers Federation (BCTF) and the B.C. Federation of Labour today announced they will be holding a Rally at the BC Legislature next week.

-Teachers are tremendously heartened by the solidarity and support we have felt coming from union members all across BC," said BCTF President Susan Lambert.

-People understand that Bill 22 threatens the quality of public education for their children and grandchildren. Its just the latest example of this governments assault on all public services in BC."