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CCPA, Fraser Insitute debate health care policy

Tune into Shaw TV's Voice of BC with Vaughan Palmer Thursday night for a debate about health care policy between the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and the Fraser Institute.

The show will be broadcast on Thursday, January 10th from 8-9 pm and re-broadcast on Saturday at 10 am and Sunday at 2 and 8 pm. Outside Vancouver, please check your local listings for broadcast times.

HSA election campaign school

There will be elections at all 3 levels of government during the next 18 months. A federal election is expected to be called in early 2008. Municipal and school board elections will be held in November, 2008. The provincial election is scheduled for May, 2009.

If you want to help elect representatives who will support public health care and community social services, or are considering possibly running for elected office yourself, then HSAs non-partisan campaign school is for you!

Campaign School Dates: January 31 & February 1, 2008

CML Healthcare members ratify collective agreement

HSA members working at CML Healthcare, a private provider of medical diagnostic testing services, ratified a new collective agreement with this week.

The agreement was ratified by a 78 per cent vote in favour. For members in the Lower Mainland locations of CML Healthcare, it is a first agreement, as earlier this year they joined the existing bargaining unit representing their colleagues on Vancouver Island.

Highlights of the agreement include:

Canadian Health Professionals Secretariat names new co-chair

Elisabeth Ballermann has been named Co-chair of the Canadian Health Professionals Secretariat (CHPS), a national advocacy body that represents more than 60,000 health science professionals in more than 100 disciplines.

These workers deliver the diagnostic, clinical and rehabilitation services essential to timely and quality health care.

The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) created the CHPS to help address the challenges and opportunities faced by health science professionals and to raise their profile across the country.

British Columbians say public health care matters; will government listen?

-The government has heard, but the real test is whether they will listen to the thousands of British Columbians who said through the Conversation on Health that they value our public health care system," Leslie Dickout, Medicare campaigner for the B.C. Health Coalition said today in response to the release of the Conversation on Health summary report.

The key message delivered to government through the months-long conversation is that British Columbians believe in a strong and sustainable public health care system.

Harper urged to 'keep the promise' on World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day, observed Dec. 1 each year, is dedicated to raising awareness of the global AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection. This year the World AIDS day theme, STOP AIDS, Keep the Promise, has special resonance in Canada, where the Harper government appears to be wavering on a key domestic funding promise and leadership on the global stage continues to falter.

BC Government fails to address seniors health care crisis

The BC government is once again poised to conclude another session of the legislature without taking action to resolve seniors health care concerns.  One year ago, Patricia Baird tabled the Premiers Council on Aging and Seniors report, Aging Well in BC*, which was commissioned by the BC government to provide recommendations on how BC can best meet the needs of our growing seniors population. Seniors from across the province participated in this process in good faith, and they are still waiting for action on the key recommendations.  

New $10 minimum wage video released on You Tube

I want to share with you our latest effort in the Campaign to increase BC's minimum wage and win a long overdue pay raise for 250,000 low paid workers.

$10 NOW: BC Workers Need a Raise is a short video piece where working people talk about why our minimum wage needs to be increased.

It's just been posted on You Tube, and you can watch it now by clicking on this link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Bytk4Qa1Vs

NUPGE releases two new pensions backgrounders

The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) has released the fifth and sixth in its ongoing series of Pensions Backgrounders. The publications are designed for union activists seeking educational material to build their knowledge base and skill level around critical issues in the field of pensions.