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Add your voice to the movement against the unfair server wage

Add your voice to the growing movement against the unfair server wage.

When Christy Clark increased the minimum wage, she included everyone but servers. It's not fair and it's open to abuse.

Under new legislation - restaurants can now pay servers less than minimum wage. 

When minimum wage is finally increased to $10.25 - servers will make $1.25 below the minimum wage.

HSA donates $5,000 to East Africa drought relief; individual donations matched by federal government

HSAs board of directors has voted to support the relief efforts in the face of the severe drought in South Somalia, which has caused the deaths of tens of thousands, mostly children, and continues to affect over 10 million people.

The United Nations is currently mounting its largest relief effort ever to Eastern Africa in order to prevent the deaths of millions more.

One­‐time six million new funding inadequate to stem BCs community living crisis

The one-time,$6 million in new funding announced today for Community Living BC (CLBC) is inadequate to stem the crisis in support and funding faced by the families of adults with developmental disabilities, says the BC Community Living Action Group (BCCLAG).

The six million dollars will provide support for a total 123 adults with developmental disabilities for one year, based on CLBCs average costs of $48,800 for providing supports and services per adult per year.

HSA is a member of the Community Living Action Group.

New ads show HSA running for the cure

HSA has launched a province-wide ad campaign celebrating our members dedication to finding a cure both in their professions and at Run for the Cure events on October 2.

-Our membership has always been incredibly dedicated to fighting breast cancer," says HSA President Reid Johnson. -They split their efforts between their professional work and volunteer events like Run for the Cure, and our new ads have a memorable way of showing it."

The campaign reaches the public on several levels:

$70 M budget lift needed immediately to stem community living crisis, halt growing safety risks and restore public confidence

The BC Community Living Action Group (BC‐CLAG) strongly urges Premier Christy Clark to act immediately to approve $70 million in new provincial funding to stem the provinces growing community living crisis.

A BC‐CLAG analysis of Community Living BC (CLBC) projections shows that at least $70 million is needed immediately to address the existing support backlog. Each year, hundreds of youths with developmental
disabilities reach the age of 19 and turn to CLBC as they age out of supports funded by the Ministry for Children and Families.

HST referendum deadlines

In keeping with a resolution passed by delegates at HSAs 2010 convention, HSA is encouraging members to vote -Yes" to extinguish the Harmonized Sales Tax in the current BC-wide referendum. 

If you havent received your HST Referendum Voting Package yet, then you should contact Elections BC at 1-800-661-8683 (toll-free) to request a package.  The deadline to request a voting package is midnight (local time) Friday, July 22, 2011.

Rally to support locked-out Rocky Mountaineer workers

The Great Canadian Railtour Company Ltd., operating as Rocky Mountaineer Vacations, has locked out members of Teamsters Local 31 as of June 21, 2011, affecting 109 on board attendants.

The Teamsters are holding a rally in support of these workers, and welcome support from other union members and the community.

  • Date: Thursday, July 7
  • Time:  4:00 pm
  • Place: 1755 Cottrell Street, Vancouver
    (behind the Home Depot off Terminal Avenue in Vancouver)