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HSA elects new union president at 36th annual convention

Reid Johnson, HSA President

Delegates to the 36th annual convention of Health Sciences Association of BC (HSA) have elected Reid Johnson as the new president of the union that represents 15,000 health care professionals who work in hospitals and communities around the province.

Election of president, 'Inconvenient Truth' on agenda for Health Sciences Association 36th annual convention

The Health Sciences Association of BC (HSA) will kick off its 36th annual convention Friday, April 20 at the Fairmont Vancouver Hotel in Vancouver.

Proud of our Past; Ready for the Future is the theme of this years convention, which will feature the election of a new president for the union, as Cindy Stewart, president of HSA for the past 14 years, will not be seeking re-election. Eight candidates have declared their candidacy for the position.

(CLC) Anti-scab legislation good for Canada

After the first debate on Bill C-257 ... An Act to amend the Canada
Labour Code (replacement workers) ... Canadian working families feel more confident that Parliament will finally adopt legislation to ban the use of scabs during labour disputes under the Canada Labour Code.

-Its a matter of fairness and balance," explains Ken Georgetti, president of the Canadian Labour Congress. -The prohibition to use scabs protects the interests of working Canadians and their families against the might of large, often global, employers with no roots in the community."

(BCHC) Home support makes sense says BC Health Coalition

A Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives study released today documents the dramatic decline in BC home support services over the last four years.

The BC Health Coalition (BCHC) has received countless calls from individuals and families in crisis because of lack of available services.

(BC FED) Labour calls for free Adult Basic Education to address BCs literacy challenge

Burnaby—Free Adult Basic Education is a must to address BCs literacy challenge B.C. Federation of Labour President, Jim Sinclair said today in a presentation to the BC Legislatures Select Standing Committee on Education.

Sinclair noted that among working-age Canadians, 3 million (14.6 percent) struggle with very serious literacy challenges, having difficulty with even the most basic written materials. The unemployment rate for Canadians at the lowest literacy level is 26 percent, compared with 4 percent for those at the highest literacy levels.

Community social service workers vote to accept new collective agreement

Union Bargaining Association members have voted in favour of ratifying a new collective agreement that covers 15,000 community social services workers.

The four-year deal includes general wage increases of 8.3 percent, additional wage parity increases, and inclusion in a public sector pension plan at the end of the agreement. Most workers will receive an additional 1.6 percent annually after the first year, when employers resume Medical Services Plan contributions. Full-time workers will receive a $4,200 signing bonus (pro-rated for part-timers and casuals).

HSA kicks off 35th annual convention Friday, April 7

The Health Sciences Association of BC (HSA) will kick off its 35th annual convention Friday, April 7 at the Hilton Metrotown Hotel in Burnaby.

HSA represents health science professionals who provide diagnostic, rehabilitation and clinical services in the health care system. HSA also represents workers in the community social services and community health care.

More than 200 delegates will participate in the two-day convention.
 
Highlights of the convention include:

Friday, April 7