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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)

Nurses Bargaining Association update: Pension allocation from 2007 wage increase will deferred; 3.5% increase for nurses April 1

The Nurses' Bargaining Association and HEABC have agreed to defer until 2008 the issue of allocating a one per cent market adjustment (wage increase) to Municipal Pension Plan inflation protection and benefits for retirees who were members of the NBA's constituent unions.

As a result, the one per cent market adjustment scheduled for April 1, 2007 will be added to the scheduled 2.5 per cent wage increase for NBA members, resulting in a total wage increase of 3.5 per cent.

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.

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:

Retirement planning: Municipal Pension Plan seminars scheduled

The Municipal Pension Plan is hosting retirement seminars in the coming months at various locations throughout B.C.

Who can attend?
All plan members are welcome, including those receiving long-term disability (LTD) benefits. There is no charge to attend and guests and spouses are invited.

Scholarships and bursaries available for HSA members and their families

HSA is offering scholarships and bursaries to all members and their children. We will be awarding ten scholarships for full-time studies, ten bursaries for full-time studies and two aboriginal scholarships.

The criteria and details are set out on the application forms. To obtain a copy please see the HSA website: www.hsabc.org or contact your chief steward.

Register by Jan. 12 for 'Conversation' in Nanaimo

The provincial government has announced the dates for the regional forums on health care.

Deadline for registration for the forum in Nanaimo is January 12.

Health care professionals have been barred from participating in the public forums, but are encouraged to participate in 'professional forums.'  In Kelowna, the 'professional' forum is scheduled for Feb. 16.

Register by Jan. 11 for 'Conversation' in Kelowna

The provincial government has announced the dates for the regional forums on health care.

Deadline for registration for the forum in Kelowna is January 11.

Health care professionals have been barred from participating in the public forums, but are encouraged to participate in 'professional forums.'  In Kelowna, the 'professional' forum is scheduled for Feb. 16.

Register by Dec. 29 for 'Conversation' forum in Surrey

The provincial government has announced the dates for the regional forums on health care.

Deadline for registration for the first two forums, to be held in Kamloops and Surrey, is December 29.

Health care professionals have been barred from participating in the public forums, but are encouraged to participate in 'professional forums.' The 'professional' forum in Kamloops is scheduled for February 2. In Surrey, the 'professional' forum is scheduled for Feb. 9.