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HSA members to assist in VIHA response to migrant ship humanitarian emergency

Over the past few days, VIHA has been working with health care unions to provide information and address concerns in preparation for receiving refugees requiring emergency medical care.

Canadian officials confirmed today that 490 refugees are aboard a vessel approaching the BC coast.

The old emergency department at Victoria General Hospital has been temporarily reopened to provide screening, triage, assessment, and diagnostic care. VIHA has also re-opened 7 North to treat refugees requiring hospital admission.

HSA urges VGH not to dismantle domestic violence program

Less than a week after a sudden announcement to emergency room staff, Vancouver General Hospital has already begun dismantling a much-needed Domestic Violence Program that has been serving the community for 18 years.

The outpatient Domestic Violence Program serves 20-25 clients per week, providing counselling for patients experiencing violent relationships. The program also provides support, education and referrals for child protection and safety planning.

HSA Fall Regional Meetings schedule set

The schedule for the 2010 HSA regional meetings, an excellent forum for HSA members to review the issues and activities of the past year, and to discuss the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead, has been set by the unions board of directors.

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.