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CSS health science professional wage grids finalized for 2007 - 2009

More than $1.5 million in equity funding has been used to increase pay rates for Community Social Service health science professionals. This bulletin summarizes in full the distribution of the "equity monies" amounts of $491,593; $516,150 and $549,157 under Memorandum of Agreement #12 ... Joint Job Evaluation Plan of the Community.

Member-at-Large elections in Regions 1, 3, 5, 7, and 9 this fall

Are you looking for a more active role in the union?  Then run for Member-at-Large!

Member-at-Large elections are conducted during the unions regional meetings held each fall. This year, Member-at-Large elections will take place in odd-numbered regions (1, 3, 5, 7, and 9).

Members-at-Large are elected by regional meeting delegates and begin their term at the conclusion of the 2009 annual convention.

Region 9 meeting set for September 29

HSA Regional Meeting
Monday, September 29
8:30 a.m. ... 4:00 p.m.
Trickle Creek Lodge, Kimberley

Regional meetings are an excellent opportunity for HSA members to review the issues and activities of the past year, and to discuss the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead. The meeting will be chaired by Region 9 Director Thalia Vesterback and HSA President Reid Johnson will report on union activities and issues since the April 2008 convention.

Unions launch legal challenge against election gag law

Lawyers representing seven BC unions filed documents and launched a legal challenge July 23 against Bill 42.

Bill 42 originally attempted to restrict third party election advertising for five full months before the next provincial election. Following widespread criticism, Bill 42 was amended but still goes far beyond any similar laws in the country and essentially shuts off all third party election advertising for three months before the next election.

New Westminster and District Labour Council offers winter school scholarships

The New Westminster and District Labour Council is now accpeting applications for two scholarships in memory of Brothers Gerry Stoney and Bob Fortin for the 2009 CLC Harrisaon Winter School Program.


• You must be a member of a CLC/NWDLC affiliated local union.

• You must submit a letter, before September 30, 2008, describing your interest in labour education and how the opportunity to attend the CLC Winter School program will contribute to your personal development, benefit your union and the Labour Council.

Worksafe BC holds information session on infectious disease in high-risk communities

WorkSafeBC is hosting a half-day information session Tuesday, October 14 for social service and community care employers and workers. The focus will be on current and emerging trends in infectious diseases, including MRSA and TB, in high-risk communities. Registration is open, and not restricted to employers and workers in social services and community care.

Vancouver Whitecaps celebrate unions August 10 vs. Atlanta Silverbacks

Vancouver Whitecaps FC is celebrating unions in B.C. Sunday, August 10 at Swangard Stadium with reduced ticket prices for union members.

The game is Sunday August 10, with a 4 p.m. kick-off.

To order, call 604-669-WAVE (9283) and ask for the "union day" special.

Reduced prices are as follows:

Bronze $19 $11
Silver $25 $13
Gold $28 $17
Platinum $36 $25

There is no minimum order, and the offer is good until August 8, 2008.

More Power to You

BC Citizens for Public Power will host a gathering of concerned British Columbians -- from activists to academics, environmentalists to energy experts, as well as filmmakers, First Nations leaders and other public power devotees. More Power to You is a conference for community and environmental activists organizing to protect public power in British Columbia.

Tentative agreement for 11,000 HSAA members in Alberta

Three-year proposal contains increases totalling at least 14.5%, plus lump sum payments, new flexible spending accounts and improved benefits

Edmonton (9 July 2008) - The Health Sciences Association of Alberta (HSAA/NUPGE) is conducting a ratification vote on a tentative three-year agreement affecting more than 11,000 paramedical professional and technical employees across the province.