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West Kootenay Public Solutions Forum - Who says we can't afford public health care?

It's a fact - improving public health care is within our means.  Find out how.

Castlegar and District Health Watch and the BC Health Coalition invite you to a West Kootenay Public Solutions Forum.

Thursday, May 24
7:00 p.m.
Castlegar & District Community Recreation Centre
2101 6th Avenue

Speaker:  Dr. Robert Woolard, Canadian Doctors for Medicine

Canadian Labour calls on governments to mark April 28 National Day of Mourning with stepped-up enforcement of health and safety laws

The Canadian Labour Congress is marking this years National Day of Mourning with a renewed call for governments to step-up enforcement of federal, provincial and territorial health and safety laws.

Next Saturday, April 28, the labour movement will acknowledge and honour those men and women who died or were injured on the job over the past year due to workplace accidents or occupational diseases.

$10 now rallying cry for improved minimum wage

B.C.'s lowest paid workers need your help. The B.C. Federation of Labour is campaigning to boost the provincial minimum wage to $10 an hour and eliminate the $6 training rate for new workers.

The Campbell government has frozen the minimum at $8 since 2001. Six years without a raise is too long.   Thats why the BCFed is calling for an immediate increase to $10 NOW, so that our lowest paid workers get a long-overdue pay increase. Please click below to sign the $10 NOW petition. 

HSA seeks Region 5 representative on unions board of directors

HSA is calling for nominations for the position of Regional Director for Region 5 following the election of Reid Johnson as HSA President at the 36th annual convention held this past weekend. 

Johnson was first elected as Region 5 Director in 1997 and was re-elected for another term this spring.  The new Region 5 Director will serve the remainder of the two-year term which ends at the conclusion of HSAs 2009 annual convention.

Fraser Health removes key information about Surrey Hospital P3 decision from documents

The public is still in the dark about why the Fraser Health Authority (FHA) is using a public-private partnership (P3) for the financing, construction and operation of the Surrey Ambulatory Care Facility despite initially opposing this approach.

Key information related to the decision was deleted from 35 pages of heavily censored documents released to the BC Health Coalition under freedom of information legislation.

Day of Mourning this Saturday; events scheduled province-wide

This year the BC Federation of Labour Occupational Health and Safety theme is "Make it Safe! Make it Fair!"

Changes to the OH&S Regulations under the Workers Compensation Act have affected the safety of workers and we have witnessed too many workers being injured and killed due to a lack of enforcement and meaningful regulations.

Health care in El Salvador ... Lessons for BC: An evening with Santiago Diaz

HSAs Committee for Equality and Social Action is hosting an evening with community organizer and activist Santiago Diaz on Wednesday, April 18, at 7 p.m. at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver.  Diaz is the coordinator of APSIES, the Salvadoran Association for Integrated Health and Social Services, which has been a southern partner of HSA for over 15 years.

BC Fed pension forum May 24 in Vancouver

The third BC Federation of Labour Pension Forum, held jointly with the Shareholder Association for Research and Education (SHARE), will take place in Vancouver May 24th, 2007. The conference brings together union leaders, pension trustees, pension advisory committee members and pension activists with investment managers, public policy makers and leading international thinkers to discuss and debate crucial pension plan governance, funding and investment issues.

For information: www.share.ca/forum

 

NUPGE social services conference underway in Edmonton

Edmonton - A national conference for community-based social service workers, sponsored by the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE), wraps up today  in Edmonton.

The three-day gathering is focusing on key challenges faced by the sector in all parts of the country.

-Workers in this sector live in a trying environment of frequent government restructuring, under funding, low wages and job insecurity, rising incidents of violence, and the growing presence of for-profit providers," says NUPGE national president James Clancy.