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Future of pensions discussed at labour conference

The 3rd CLC Pension Conference attracted over 300 activists and experts to Ottawa last week ... making it one of our best-attended conferences, and with good reason. The future of secure pensions for working people is something unions have always held as a top priority.

Delegates were treated to a wide variety of leading pension experts and a thorough line-up of the top-of-mind topics for todays pension fund activists.

Talking Politics: How to get women more involved in municipal politics

Members in the Lower Mainland interested in geting women involved in municipal politics are welcome to attend the latest in the Talking Politcis series.

Thursday, October 11 hear from Sue Hammell, MLA, who will speak about internationl examples. Menna Wong will focus on how to involve all communities. Loretta Woodcock will talk about her experience as a Vancouver Parks Board member, and Sharon Gregson will share her perspectives as a school board member.

Leaked documents expose government plans for more contracting out to private clinics

Government documents obtained by the BC Health Coalition expose plans to expand the contracting out of surgeries to for-profit clinics even though the -Conversation on Health" public consultation has not yet concluded.

In a July letter sent to all B.C.s private clinics, Deputy Minister Gordon Macatee asks clinic owners for information about their facilities operations in order to help government explore ``further opportunities for innovative private sector involvement`` in public health care.

Labour Day Message

Over the past five years, Canadas economy has lost over 300,000 of its best-paying jobs and continues to lose hundreds more every week. These were jobs with good salaries. They offered benefits that helped people raise healthy families and plan for a decent retirement. They came with incomes that supported local businesses and paid for social services that raised everyones quality of life.

Register early for Run for the Cure and win!

Join the HSA team by Sept. 20, 2007 and be entered to win a $500 travel voucher from WE Travel.

This year's annual Run for the Cure, the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation's most important fundraiser, is Sunday September 30.

HSA has supported the run for the past 10 years, and as a gold-level sponsor encourages HSA members and others to join the HSA team to Run for the Cure September 30.