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Hotel workers to rally at Hyatt June 9 for safe jobs

Hotel Workers Rising is a movement of hotel workers across North America rising up to improve their jobs and secure better lives for themselves and their families.

This year, 2000 hotel workers in the Vancouver Metro area are negotiating new union contracts in tandem with 60,000 hotel workers across the continent.

Rally at the Hyatt Regency
Wednesday, June 9
5 p.m.
655 Burrard Street

Panel discussion on economic justice for women June 2 in Vancouver

The Vancouver and District Labour Council women's committee presents a panel discussion on economic justice for women Wednesday June 2.

The panel will feature Adrienne Montani from First Call and the Living Wage Campaign, Jocelyn Vergabera from the Phillipine Women's Centre, and a representative from UNITE HERE Local 40.

The panel will be held as follows:

Wednesday, June 2
7 - 9 p.m.
Boardroom 1
Maritime Labour Centre
111 Victoria Drive, Vancouver

Forum on Public Health Care: How can we sustain it?

Public Forum:  Public Health Care: How can we afford it?

Friday, May 14

7:00 p.m.

Firefighter's Conference Centre
6515 Bonsor Street, Burnaby
(in the Metrotown complex)


Iglika Ivanova, Economist and Public Interest Researcher with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives on supporting innovation in the public health care system.

BC Health Coalition: Health Authority appointment raises serious concerns about governments commitment to defend Medicare

The BC Health Coalition is calling into question the provincial governments commitment to defend public health care in the courts in the wake of the recent appointment of Kip Woodward as chair of Vancouver Coastal Health ... the provinces second largest health authority.

Mr. Woodward is a former Board member of the for-profit Cambie Surgery Centre and his family investment firm, Woodcorp Investments Ltd., is an investor in the controversial private clinic run by Dr. Brian Day.

Join HSAs Board of Directors at Day of Mourning ceremonies

On April 28 ... the National Day of Mourning for workers killed and injured on the job ...  HSA President Reid Johnson and the unions Board of Directors will place a wreath at a ceremony in downtown Vancouver.

All workers and their families are invited to pay tribute to workers who have been injured or killed on the job, or stricken with occupational disease.

Patients must always be the top priority in innovative and changing health care

Reid Johnson, President of the Health Sciences Association, welcomes innovative changes in the delivery of health care and will be watching as the patient-focused funding initiative unveiled by Health Minister Kevin Falcon yesterday unfolds. HSA is the union that represents the health science professionals on the modern health care team, delivering critical diagnostic, clinical and rehabilitation services in BC hospitals.

-Theres no question our health care system needs to be innovative and responsive," Johnson said.

WorkSafe BC must order VIHA to provide safe workplaces in aftermath of violent assaults against psychiatric nurses

(VANCOUVER) - Reid Johnson, President of the Health Sciences Association, and Debra McPherson, President of the BC Nurses Union, are calling on WorkSafe BC to immediately order VIHA to protect staff at Eric Martin Pavilion, the mental health facility at Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria.

The demand for action follows a series of violent assaults on staff by a patient with severe mental illness. VIHAs cuts to psychiatric services and their inaction on improving hospital safety leave patients, staff and the wider community vulnerable to violence.