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Pension backgrounders released today

Ottawa ... In an effort to help build the knowledge base and skill level of union activists around critical issues in the field of pensions, the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is producing a series of Pensions Backgrounders.

The first two documents of the series ... Pensions Are Important and A Brief History of Pensions in Canada  ... are being released today.

Continue reading here. (Link to NUPGE website)

Meet the candidates for HSA president

As of March 1, 2007, seven HSA members have been nominated to run for the position of HSA president. The new president will be elected Saturday, April 21 by delegates to HSA's 36th annual convention in Vancouver.

Last chance to register for HSAs -Talking about Health Care" workshop

The public consultation phase of the provincial governments -Conversation on Health" has begun and will continue in different communities around the province until it wraps up in Vancouver on July 7. As health care professionals, HSA members have a great deal of expertise to contribute to this discussion about the future of public health care. As individuals, we have many questions and concerns about where Premier Campbell intends to take our health care system, and what it will mean for our communities, our families and ourselves.

Throne speech raises questions about government commitment to health conversation

The B.C. government confirmed in Tuesdays throne speech that a controversial blueprint for health care is in the works in spite of its ongoing -Conversation on Health" consultation with British Columbians. The third of 16 Conversation on Health public forums takes place this weekend in Kelowna.

The throne speech promised -fundamental health reforms that increase individual choice and maximize the supply of health services within the budgets available."

Register now for all-candidates' meetings in HSA election

The registration deadline is fast-approaching for attendance at the alll-candidates' meetings in HSA's election for a new president for the first time in 14 years, as Cindy Stewart has announced she will not be seeking re-election. 

A series of three all-candidates' meetings to give convention delegates an opportunity to meet the presidential candidates, hear their vision for the union and ask questions has been scheduled as follows:

High tuition fees make us all poorer, Georgetti says

OTTAWA ... The Canadian Labour Congress stands in solidarity with the Canadian Federation of Students and supports its campaigns and its National Day of Action for affordable, high-quality, post-secondary education in Canada.

-Our governments, federal and provincial, are short changing the country and betraying our children when they refuse to open up access to post-secondary education while they keep repeating that we now live in a knowledge-based economy," says Ken Georgetti, president of the Canadian Labour Congress.

Register by Feb. 16 for 'Conversation' in North Vancouver

The provincial government has announced the dates for the regional forums on health care. In North Vancouver, the forum will be held March 31 at the Lonsdale Quay Hotel, 123 Carrie Cates Court.

Deadline for registration for the forum in North Vancouver is February 16.

Health care professionals have been barred from participating in the public forums, but are encouraged to participate in 'professional forums.'  In North Vancouver, the 'professional' forum is scheduled for March 30.