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New $10 minimum wage video released on You Tube

I want to share with you our latest effort in the Campaign to increase BC's minimum wage and win a long overdue pay raise for 250,000 low paid workers.

$10 NOW: BC Workers Need a Raise is a short video piece where working people talk about why our minimum wage needs to be increased.

It's just been posted on You Tube, and you can watch it now by clicking on this link:

Steward elections at VGH November 19 and 21

HSA members at Vancouver General Hospital are encouraged to participate in the election of a chief steward, assistant chief stewards, occupational health and safety stewards and general stewards.

In order to allow as much participation as possible, two days have been set for voting:

Date: Monday, November 19
Time: 12 noon - 12:30 p.m. - nominations of stewards
           12:30 - 1:30 p.m. - voting
Place: Paetzold Health Education Centre, Multipurpose rooms 1 and 2

NUPGE releases two new pensions backgrounders

The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) has released the fifth and sixth in its ongoing series of Pensions Backgrounders. The publications are designed for union activists seeking educational material to build their knowledge base and skill level around critical issues in the field of pensions.

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.

Workshop reminder

There isstill room available in the two-day OH&S Steward Training workshop on November26 & 27, 2007. Please register as soon as possible if you are interested inattending this workshop.

OH&S Steward Training:
November 26 and 27, 2007

2008 Canadian Labour Congress WINTER SCHOOL

One of Canadas best labour schools, held at Harrison Hot Springs, in January and February 2008

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.

Supervisors in the Union

HSA is offering two one-day workshops this Fall:

Dates:  Friday, November 23, 2007
           Thursday, November 29, 2007

Place:   HSA Office, 300 - 5118 Joyce Street, Vancouver

HSA members who work in a supervisory role will have the opportunity to attend a one-day workshop at the HSA office.