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HSA members urged to vote in October 14 federal election

On October 14, 2008 Canadians 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:

Tuesday, October 14

Voting times:

HSA steward elections

Elections will be held during the next 2 months to select members to fill the following HSA positions for the coming year:

1. Chief Steward
2. Assistant Chief Steward
3. General Stewards
4. Occupational Health & Safety Stewards and
5. Labour Council Delegates (for chapters that are affiliated to their local labour council)

Stewards play an essential role within HSA and the workplace.  All members are encouraged to vote in these elections, and to consider running for these positions. 

Community Social Service Workers Appreciation Day November 6

The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) will observe Nov. 6 as the first annual Community Social Service Workers Appreciation Day in Canada.

The union is urging everyone to mark the occasion by taking time to appreciate the contribution these workers make to strengthen communities across the country.

BCAA push for private insurance undermines medicare

BC Health Coalition calls on British Columbians to reject BCAA queue jumping insurance and demand government action to enforce health care legislation.

The BC Health Coalition is deeply disturbed by BCAAs recent announcement to begin offering insurance that will allow its members to jump the health care queue and obtain services at for-profit clinics.

HSA Political Action Fund available to support members in October 29 provincial by-elections

HSA members who are running for office or working on campaigns in the provincial by-elections in Vancouver-Burrard and Vancouver-Fairview can apply to HSA for the following financial support from HSAs Political Action Fund:

1. Members who are candidates can apply for up to 20 days of wage replacement and/or up to $200 to cover approved personal expenses incurred to run for office.

Notice for HSA Safety Stewards and Activists

HSA is sponsoring an Occupational Health and Safety Conference

-Connections ... Advocating for a Safe and Healthy Workplace"

November 20 and 21, 2008
Hilton Vancouver Airport Hotel

This conference is designed for experienced safety stewards to develop their understanding and to help ensure safe working conditions for all members.  Learn from presenters from agencies such as OHSAH, WorkSafeBC, and other experts.

Learn more about topics such as:

VGH Steward Elections 2009

Notice of Chapter Meeting

Help keep your union strong!

HSA Stewards:

  • ­ Advocate on behalf of members
  • Keep members informed about union activities
  • Provide democratic leadership
  • Are the backbone of the union

HSA offers ongoing leadership, grievance handling, and contract interpretation training for new and experienced stewards.

Nominations and Voting:

OHSAH Health & Safety Update

Team OHSAH

Team OHSAH successfully completed the Hoodoo 500 ultra-cycling race through 835 km of the Utah Canyonlands. From September 13-15, eight OHSAH employees undertook this physical and mental challenge to raise funds for the BC Cancer Foundation.