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Nurses ratify new contract by 97.1 per cent

May 5, 2006
Members of the unions belonging to the Nurses Bargaining Association have voted by 97.1 per cent to ratify the new Provincial Collective Agreement. Bargaining Association members unions are BC Nurses Union, the Union of Psychiatric Nurses, and the Health Sciences Association. About 55 per cent of the NBAs 25,000 members turned out to vote with 13,289 voting yes, 397 voting no and 88 spoiled ballots.

Budget: -No vision and no hope for working families," Georgetti says

May 2, 2006
OTTAWA ... Working families have been let down by the first budget of federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty, according to the Canadian Labour Congress. It shows no vision of the country and offers no sense of hope to working Canadians. -After the repeated promises to govern in the interests of ordinary working families, we have a budget which fundamentally undercuts the ability of the federal government to make a positive difference in peoples lives over the long term," says Ken Georgetti, president of the Canadian Labour Congress.

Community social service workers vote to accept new collective agreement

May 1, 2006
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).

Union members remember 188 killed on the job in 2005

April 28, 2006
B.C. Federation of Labour President Jim Sinclair against a backdrop of 188 replica coffins remembering the workers killed on the job in B.C. in 2005.

CBA members vote to accept collective agreement in community health

April 28, 2006
Members of the Community Bargaining Association have voted 97 per cent in favour of ratifying a new four-year collective agreement that includes wage increases, protection against contracting out, improved health and safety provisions, and early signing bonuses of up to $4,200.  -Theres a small measure of justice in the settlement, given that workers were forced to accept wage rollbacks in 2004 to protect services and jobs," says Lori Horvat, an HSA representative on the CBA bargaining committee.

Workers remember those killed on the job

April 27, 2006
OTTAWA ... On Friday, flags will be lowered and working people across the country will take a few moments to remember their friends, family and colleagues who have died from workplace injuries. For the past 22 years, April 28 has been recognized as a National Day of Mourning to both reflect and focus on making Canadas workplaces healthier and safer.

HSA seeks Region 1 representative on unions board of directors

April 27, 2006
HSA is calling for nominations for the position of Regional Director for Region 1, following the resignation of Kelly Finlayson. Kelly has served on the unions board of directors for eleven years including ten years as HSAs vice-president. The HSA board of directors is very grateful for the contribution Kelly has made to the union during her tenure.

B.C. Health Coalition calls on Harper to defend medicare in B.C.

April 26, 2006
The Federal government must follow through on its promise to uphold the Canada Health Act, and refuse to allow public funds to be used to underwrite the profits at the Copeman Healthcare Centre. The BC Health Coalition (BCHC)  sent a  strongly worded letter yesterday to Prime Minister Harper demanding that he take action similar to his intervention in Alberta to reverse the explosive growth of private health clinics in B.C.

May Day ... International Day of the Worker

April 21, 2006
May 1st  is a day chosen by workers to acknowledge the struggles and celebrate the gains the labour movement has made throughout history.  Now, with workers rights and public services under attack by governments across this country and around the world, it is more important than ever to remember the importance of international solidarity and the history of May Day. 

The Canadian Labour Congress at Fifty: Commitment and Determination

April 20, 2006
OTTAWA ... The Canadian Labour Congress turns fifty this month. It was on April 23rd, 1956, at a convention in Toronto, that the Canadian Labour Congress was born from the union of the Trades and Labor Congress of Canada and the Canadian Congress of Labour.