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Workshops on peace, labour, international solidarity

Two upcoming workshops highlight the importance of labour activists engagement in working towards peace, economic justice, and international solidarity.

SATURDAY OCTOBER 17TH 2009
9:30 am ... 3:30 pm
Maritime Labour Centre
1880 Triumph Street, Vancouver

UBCM 2009: City councils call for government action to stop for-profit health care

A resolution* calling for immediate government action to prevent the growth of for-profit medical clinics is on the agenda at this weeks Union of BC Municipalities Convention being held in Vancouver.

"I brought forward this resolution because I think that public health care in Canada is one of our most precious assets. As stewards of our communities, municipalities and the UBCM have an opportunity and responsibility to do what we can to protect health care services on behalf of our residents," said Victoria City Councillor Sonya Chandler.

Please -Brown Bag your Lunch" on Friday, September 25

USW members of Local 2009 are fighting for a fair collective agreement with Compass Canada. The members are amongst the lowest paid workers in the health care sector and are fighting for equality with other workers doing the same work.

Compass is not negotiating with the union at this time and need the support of their colleagues at Royal Columbian Hospital and Peace Arch Hospital to achieve a fair contract from Compass Canada.

Please -Brown Bag your Lunch" on Thursday September 24

USW members of Local 2009 are fighting for a fair collective
agreement with Compass Canada. The members are
amongst the lowest paid workers in the health care sector
and are fighting for equality with other workers doing the
same work.

Compass is not negotiating with the union at this time and need the support of their colleagues at Surrey Memorial Hospital to achieve a fair contract from Compass Canada.

Slashing support for children is no way to balance budgets: HSA

HSA President Reid Johnson

-Government spin wont help autistic children and their families," Health Sciences Association of BC (HSA) President Reid Johnson said today in response to a massive government cut in support for autistic children across British Columbia.

IHA cuts services to seniors, children

Citing budget cuts, the Interior Health Authority has eliminated crucial services for vulnerable residents in the Kootenays.

Golden Hospitals speech language pathologist will leave at the end of September, leaving neurological patients, speech-delayed children and stroke and surgery patients without the critical support they need.

Meanwhile, the recreation therapist at Talarico Place in Castlegar has been laid off and recreation therapy services at Boundary Hospital in Grand Forks have been halved.

Budget fails to come clean on cuts to health care services says HSA

British Columbia families will bear the brunt of the provincial governments failure to adequately fund health care, Health Sciences Association of BC president Reid Johnson said in response to the provincial governments budget introduced today.

-This budget means that British Columbians, who rely on our health care system, will pay more for less." Johnson said.

The government will introduce additional costs to individuals and families by increasing MSP premiums by six per cent starting Jan. 1, 2010 ... and beyond, as the budget promises annual increases to the premiums.

NUPGE wants respirators for health care workers

PHAC should follow the 'precautionary principle' for everyone who comes in direct contact with the pandemic influenza virus and make a 'fit-tested NIOSH approved N95 respirator' available to each employee.

Ottawa (1 Sept. 2009) - The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) says all health care workers exposed to a pandemic flu virus like H1N1 should be given fit-tested NIOSH approved N95 respirators to protect them on the job.

Fall 2009 Pension Seminars for Municipal Pension Plan Members

The municipal Pension Plan continues to offer pension seminars to plan members.

Plan members have a choice of two seminars.  Your Pension, Your Future is for new and mid-career plan members. In this seminar, they'll explain pension benefits and help members understand how decisions they make today can impact their future pension income. Members will learn how to read their Member's Benefit Statement and find out how they can recover time from a break in service (such as general, maternity and parental leaves) to make the most of their future pension.