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CCPA calls for 2% GDP stimulus to create 407,000 jobs

Ottawa (7 Jan. 2009) - The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) is calling for a one-year national stimulus plan to create 407,000 jobs, boost the economy by 3% and shield Canadians from the worst of the global recession.

As part of its annual Alternative Federal Budget (AFB) to be made public later in January, the centre released advance proposals Tuesday to stimulate the economy in the face of what is now often described as the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression of the 1930s.

Fraser Institute Rehashes Business Message on Minimum Wage

The B.C. Federation of Labour is dismissing the Fraser Institutes report on the economic effects of raising the minimum wage.

-The Fraser Institute has twisted its own numbers and used discredited economic theories to conclude that a $10 an hour minimum wage would be a job killer in British Columbia," said Jim Sinclair, President of the B.C. Federation of Labour.

HSA welcomes 120 new members from CML HealthCare

Employees at 10 Metro Vancouver locations of CML Healthcare, a private medical imaging and laboratory company with locations across Canada, have voted to join the Health Sciences Association of BC. The 120 employees join HSA members working at 12 CML facilities in Metro Vancouver and on Vancouver Island.

Election Campaign School for Women

Are you a woman considering either running for elected office, or working in a key position in a future election campaign?  If so, then the annual Canadian Women Voters Congress Womens Campaign School is for you.

Dates:  March 27-29,  2009
Location:  SFU Harbour Centre, Vancouver, B.C.

Central American tour planned to learn about HSA-supported projects

Solidarity is more than making donations. Personal contact and relationships between people from the north and the south can be as important as money.

In partnership with CoDevelopment Canada,  HSA has supported the Honduran women workers organization CODEMUH, and the Salvadoran Association for Integrated Health and Social Services (APSIES) in Central America.  In March 2009, a tour will visit both projects and provide opportunities to do some rural community health work.

HSA Political Action Fund available to support members in provincial election

HSA members throughout the province who are running for office or working on campaigns in the May 2009 provincial election can apply to HSA for the following financial support from HSAs Political Action Fund:

1. Members who are candidates can apply for up to 20 days of wage replacement and/or up to $200 to cover approved personal expenses incurred to run for office.

'We've got an extremely rare opportunity right now'

An open letter from NUPGE President James Clancy

Dear Friends:

Thank you! In the last week you proved that change can happen.

Together, we worked hard, mobilized quickly and forced Stephen Harper to back off critical parts of his economic statement, which offered nothing to address the current economic crisis and instead attacked workers rights and the opposition parties.

Labour reacts to the shutdown of Parliament

OTTAWA ... The President of the Canadian Labour Congress has reacted to todays shutdown of Parliament by the Prime Minister, saying it will cost people their jobs and delay much-needed action to confront the economic crisis.

-Our country is standing on the edge of an economic crisis. People are losing their jobs and watching their retirement savings evaporate. While governments around the world are taking action to stimulate their economies our Prime Minister has shut Parliament down. This is not what the country needs. We need Parliament to get to work," said Georgetti.

Rally to support a coalition government

The B.C. Federation of Labour and the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) are calling on British Columbians to support the proposed coalition government in order to ensure that Canada has a government prepared to deal with the economic crisis the country is facing.

Canadians are worried about their jobs, their savings, and their future. Right now we need all of our political leaders to work together for the good of the economy and the country.