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CESA raises awareness about May 17, International Day Against Homophobia

HSAs Committee on Equality and Social Action is encouraging HSA members to participate in the the International Day Against Homophobia by raising awareness about the day.

Spearheaded by Fondation Émergence, the first day set aside to fight homophobia was held in Québec in 2003. The Day has expanded across Canada and then to Belgium, France, and the United Kingdom. Since then several countries have declared May 17 as the International Day Against Homophobia.

Completing Tommy's Vision:Next Steps to Expand and Improve Canada's Medicare System

More than 600 delegates gathered on May 3 and 4 in the birthplace of the nation's Medicare system -- Regina, Saskatchewan -- to unite behind Tommy Douglas' vision for public health care.

The conference S.O.S. Medicare 2: Looking Forward, brought together a stunning array of leading health care thinkers, providers, and activists in Canada, the U.S., and abroad. Delegates included academics, community activists, seniors, and students.

Public health forum - Friends of Medicare - Join us!

Would UK-style changes to our health care system benefit patients?  Or corporations?


Thursday, May 17
7pm - 9pm
Croatian Cultural Centre
3250 Commercial Drive, Auditorium 2


Jacky Davis, London doctor and founding member of Keep NHS Public
Will McMartin, Political commentator & contributor to The Tyee

Innovative surgical projects show how waitlists can be solved

(Vancouver) Surgical waitlists can be dramatically cut if the BC government takes leadership by scaling up innovative projects already underway in the public system, a new study says.

Why Wait? Public Solutions to Cure Surgical Waitlists, released today by the CCPA and the BC Health Coalition, is a submission to the BC government's 'conversation on health.' The study looks at five groundbreaking projects in BC, and successful initiatives in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Ontario.

Nurses Bargaining Association 2006-2010 contracts now available for all members

The final version of the 2006-2010 Collective Agreement between the Nurses Bargaining Association and the Health Employers Association of B.C. has been delivered to employers throughout the province for distribution.

Employers have accepted responsibility for distribution of the contract to members.

If you have not yet received a copy of your collective agreement, please be in touch with your facilitys human resources department.

HSA offers scholarships for Summer Institute for Union Women

HSA offers scholarships for Summer Institute for Union Women
-Strong Women Taking Action"

July 4 - 8, 2007 ... Victoria

The BC Summer Institute for Union Women offers an intensive week of learning within a supportive environment where union women can develop skills as workers, activists and leaders.

Public health care forum: Friends of Medicare - join us!

Would UK-style changes to our health care system benefit patients?  Or corporations?

Public health care forum:

Tuesday, May 15
7pm - 9pm
Clock Tower Building, Kamloops

For more information and a printer-friendly version of the poster, click here.

CML collective bargaining on hold as HSA awaits decision on Lower Mainland certification

Bargaining for a collective agreement between HSA and CML Healthcare on Vancouver Island has been put on hold as the Labour Relations Board deliberates an application by HSA to include CML employees at Lower Mainland locations in the Vancouver Island bargaining unit.

In January, HSA made an application to include Lower Mainland CML Healthcare employees in the existing Vancouver Island HSA bargaining unit. CML has opposed the application, arguing that Island and Lower Mainland employees should not be allowed to bargain together for improvements to wages and working conditions.

Labour demands action on workplace safety as activists lobby provincial government

Members of the BC Federation of Labour's Occupational Health and Safety Committee headed to Victoria Monday, April 30 to press the case for better workplace safety enforcement and decent pensions for workers injured on the job.

The lobby, headed by Federation President Jim Sinclair and Secretary-Treasurer Angela Schira, comes on the heels of Day of Mourning ceremonies across BC that marked the beginning of a month of labour action to win safer workplaces.

Labour marks Day of Mourning

HSA President Reid Johnson and Region 7 Regional Director Marg Beddis joined in the Day of Mourning for workers killed and injured on the job by laying a wreath at Bear Creek Park in Surrey Saturday. New Westminster & District Labour Council in conjunction with the Vancouver & District Labour Council, Fraser Valley Labour Council and BC Federation of Labour  hosted the event.