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(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

Health science professionals ratify collective agreement

Health science professionals have voted 90 per cent to accept a four-year agreement.

-Health science professionals play an essential role in the diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of patients," said Health Sciences Association of BC President Cindy Stewart.

-This agreement recognizes the skills, training, and expertise that they bring to the job and is an important first step in ensuring that BC has the health science professionals we need now and in the future."

Tentative deal reached for health science professionals

A tentative agreement has been reached between the Paramedical Professional Bargaining Association and the Health Employers Association of BC following intense negotiations over the weekend.

Highlights of the four-year agreement include: