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Workshop Reminder

There is still room available in the two-day OH&S Steward Training workshop on November 23 & 24, 2009 please register as soon as possible if you are interested in attending this workshop.

OH&S Steward Training:
November 23 & 24, 2009

Eligible stewards should print a pre-registration (attached) and return it to the HSA Office (Attention:  Karin Herbert) as soon as possible.  HSA will call you to confirm your registration.

2010 Canadian Labour Congress Winter School

One of Canadas best labour schools, held at Harrison Hot Springs, in January and February 2010

The CLC Winter School offers a wide variety of week-long, quality labour orientated courses.  Past HSA participants have rated the courses and the experience highly.  The school offers an opportunity to meet people from other unions and workplaces across BC.  To support HSAs ability to represent HSA members effectively and to help build a stronger union, members and/or stewards can apply to take courses chosen to meet these objectives.

Additional steward workshop scheduled

Due to increased demand for steward training, HSA is offering the following workshop:

Steward Training Level 1 (3-day workshop):
â–º November 30, December 1 & 2, 2009

Also, there is still room in the following OH&S Steward Training Level 1 workshops:

â–º November 2 & 3, 2009
â–º November 23 & 24, 2009

Please apply ASAP as workshops have been filling up quickly.

Pre-registration forms are available from the HSA website at www.hsabc.org.

HSA support to attend -The politics of womens lives"

The October 18, 1929 decision in the -Persons Case" held that Canadian women were -persons" under the law, and thus could be appointed to the Senate and established more generally that Canadian women had the same rights as Canadian men with respect to positions of political power.

To mark the 80th anniversary of the Persons decision, the Canadian Women Voters Congress is holding a half-day workshop including speakers, discussion and reflection related to the politics of womens lives.

Event information:

November 15: last deadline for HSPBA Bill 29 Education Fund for HSA Members

Notice to HSA members of the Health Science Professional Bargaining Association:

From February 2008 to date, the HSPBA Bill 29 Education Fund has provided bursaries to more than 600 HSA members, supporting education ranging from one-day professional development courses to Masters and PhD programs.

This funding arose out of the unions negotiated settlement flowing from the Supreme Court of Canada decision that certain sections of Bill 29 were unconstitutional. This was one-time funding.

Fall 2009 Pension Seminars for Municipal Pension Plan Members

The municipal Pension Plan continues to offer pension seminars to plan members.

Plan members have a choice of two seminars.  Your Pension, Your Future is for new and mid-career plan members. In this seminar, they'll explain pension benefits and help members understand how decisions they make today can impact their future pension income. Members will learn how to read their Member's Benefit Statement and find out how they can recover time from a break in service (such as general, maternity and parental leaves) to make the most of their future pension.

Education fund available for HSA members in HSPBA agreement

(This information applies to HSA members of the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association.)

In January of 2008 the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association successfully negotiated an agreement to resolve issues flowing from the Supreme Court of Canada decision that certain sections of Bill 29 were unconstitutional. HSA made professional development for our members a priority. As a result, the final agreement included a fund for professional development education for all HSPBA members.

Get educated -- classes for union members

The Canadian Labour Congress is offering a number of courses for Saturday, October 24 at The Justice Institute in New Westminster.  The deadline for registration is Wednesday, October 14, 2009. 

*Members may apply under the Madden Memorial Fund to cover registration fees and travel costs.  (Application forms are at the bottom of this posting or from your chief steward.)

Date:
October 24, 2009

Time:
9:00 a.m. ... 4:30 p.m.  (8:30 a.m. Registration)