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March 21: International Day for the Elimination of Racism

Ottawa (17 March 2006) - The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is one of Canada's most diverse unions.

This year, on March 21, the 40th International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, we are again urging our 340,000 members across the country to pause and reflect on how tolerance and racial harmony enrich our lives.

Link to NUPGE statement

NUPGE International Women's Day Message - The Struggle for Equality Continues

Ottawa (22 Feb. 2006) - International Women's Day (IWD) is the story of ordinary women as makers of history. It is rooted in the centuries old struggle of women seeking to participate in society on an equal footing with men.

The idea of an IWD (March 8) first arose at the turn of the century, which in the industrialized world was a period of expansion and turbulence, booming population growth and radical ideologies.

NUPGE gender equality success

HSA members urged to vote in federal election

On January 23, HSA members will head to the polls to elect a new federal government. The Members of Parliament we elect can have a huge impact on the health care and community social services that HSA members provide. HSA urges members to examine the positions of the parties on these issues, and to vote for candidates who will support public health care and community social services.

General voting day: Monday, January 23

Federal election advance voting

In the last federal election, more than a third of Canadians eligible to vote didn't. It was the worst voter turnout in Canada's history. HSA urges members to help reverse this trend. Your vote does make a difference - and the Members of Parliament you elect can have a huge impact on the health care and community social services that HSA members provide.

Three days of advance voting will be held throughout BC, to help ensure voters can get to the polls:

MLAs not the only ones who deserve wage increase

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HSA President Cindy Stewart has written to Premier Gordon Campbell calling on the government to apply the same factors and considerations that led to a 15 per cent wage increase for MLAs to the governments preparations for setting a wage mandate for other public sector workers, including the health care and community social services workers represented by HSA.