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Organizing despite the law: Discussion series starts April 12

March 22, 2007
The Vancouver and District Labour Council education committee presents "Organizing: Despite the Law," a six-week discussion series for union and social activists beginning Thursday, April 12. Download the series information here.

'No sense of priority' in federal budget, says CLC President Ken Georgetti

March 20, 2007
OTTAWA ... -There is a small gift for everyone, its all over the place but there is no sense of priority and no sense of vision for the country in this budget," says Ken Georgetti, president of the Canadian Labour Congress, outlining two reasons why the budget fails the middle class that is the backbone of this country. -First, it unfairly channels more money to wealthy individuals and profitable corporations. Second, this budget greatly erodes the federal governments capacity to improve the quality of life of working people, families and communities," explains Georgetti.

Save St. Paul's Coalition public meeting

March 20, 2007
Find out what's in the works for St. Paul's Hospital at a public meeting hosted by the Save St. Paul's Coalition, Council of Canadians, and B.C. Health Coalition. The meeting will feature Stuart Murray, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives researcher, Aaron Jasper of the Save St. Paul's Coalition, and Maryann Abbs of the B.C. Health Coalition. Sunday, April 1, 2 - 4 p.m.Auditorium870 Denman Street, Vancouver

Rally for public health care March 24

March 20, 2007
Date: Saturday, March 24Time: 8 a.m.Place: Executive Hotel and Convention Centre, 4201 Lougheed Highway, Burnaby Help protect not-for-profit medicare. Information: Download poster here  

Working families hear lots of talk in federal budget but see no real action

March 19, 2007
Vancouver—Working families heard lots of talk that they were the centrepiece of todays federal budget but the details show its only talk, with little action says B.C. Federation of Labour Secretary-Treasurer, Angela Schira. "No matter how much spin the Conservatives try theyre simply out of touch with the needs of working families," Schira said. "Its disappointing that both our federal and provincial governments simply dont understand that you cant solve the labour shortage if you dont solve the childcare shortage," added Schira.

HSA convention registration deadline April 17 2 p.m.

March 16, 2007
Eligible HSA members intending to register as delegates to HSAs 36th Annual Convention, which includes the election of a new president, April 19 to 21, 2007 are advised that the final deadline for registration as a delegate is 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, 2007. Registrations must be received in the HSA office by 2 p.m., Tuesday, April 17, 2007. Absolutely no exceptions will be made to this deadline. Eligibility for delegate status as outlined in the HSA constitution is as follows:

Pension backgrounders released today

March 14, 2007
Ottawa ... In an effort to help build the knowledge base and skill level of union activists around critical issues in the field of pensions, the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is producing a series of Pensions Backgrounders. The first two documents of the series ... Pensions Are Important and A Brief History of Pensions in Canada  ... are being released today. Continue reading here. (Link to NUPGE website)

Change on the agenda for HSA convention

March 13, 2007
With HSAs annual convention just over a month away, candidates for president have completed a series of three all-candidates meetings held in Kelowna, New Westminster and Victoria.

Learn about candidates for president at pizza lunch March 29

March 13, 2007
HSA members at Vancouver Hospital are invited to enjoy a pizza lunch at meeting for a report on the presidential all-candidates' meetings held in March. In addition to the report, members will have an opportunity to discuss resolutions to HSA's annual convention April 19-21. Date: Thursday, March 29Time: 12 noon to 1 p.m.Place: Radiology Seminar Room (Jim Pattison Pavilion, Ground Floor Room G884. Off the North hallway from the Diamond Courtyard)  

Nurses Bargaining Association update: Pension allocation from 2007 wage increase will deferred; 3.5% increase for nurses April 1

March 12, 2007
The Nurses' Bargaining Association and HEABC have agreed to defer until 2008 the issue of allocating a one per cent market adjustment (wage increase) to Municipal Pension Plan inflation protection and benefits for retirees who were members of the NBA's constituent unions. As a result, the one per cent market adjustment scheduled for April 1, 2007 will be added to the scheduled 2.5 per cent wage increase for NBA members, resulting in a total wage increase of 3.5 per cent.