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HSA urges government to withdraw gag legislation

May 16, 2008
HSA has joined a number of other B.C. public-sector unions in their call on the Liberal government to withdraw legislation that severely restricts public-interest advertising and communication in the five months leading up to the May 2009 provincial election. Bill 42, the Election Amendment Act, would eliminate the kind of information campaigns about service cuts launched by the labour movement  in the lead up to the 2005 provincial election.

Quarterly PEARS newsletter now available

May 15, 2008
Inside PEARS, the quarterly newsletter of the Prevention and Early Active Return to Work Safely program of the Occupational Health and Safety Agency for Healthcare in B.C., has been released. You can read it here.

Health professionals seek action on national HR shortages

May 12, 2008
Ottawa (8 May 2008) ... Representatives of the Canadian Health Professionals Secretariat (CHPS) gathered in Ottawa recently to assess public policy and labour relations developments over the last six months and to map the course ahead for Canadas health professionals. Among the issues covered during the May 1-2 meeting was an overriding concern about the significant and growing shortage of health professionals across the country and the need for a long-term national health human resources strategy.

BC Federation of Labour to hold conference for young workers

May 8, 2008
The B.C. Federation of Labour is pleased to announce its Young Workers Conference May 30 and June 1 at Camp Jubilee. The conference is open to new and experienced young worker activists and is part of an action plan developed to encourage participation in the labour movement. The B.C. Federation of Labour is committed to identifying support and engaging more young people in the labour movement.

HSA offers scholarships for Summer Institute for Union Women - -Women Behaving Politically"

May 6, 2008
July 9 ... 13, 2008 ... Victoria, BC 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.

HSA Board of Directors elects vice president, secretary-treasurer

April 30, 2008
Suzanne Bennett, regional director for HSA Region 1, has been elected by the HSA Board of Directors to serve as the unions vice-president.  The vice-president assumes the duties of the president at the presidents request or in the presidents absence and chairs the unions resolutions committee. This is her second term as vice-president.

Take action NOW to protect Medicare!

April 30, 2008
New Health Legislation threatens Medicare as we know it, unless we act now and send a message to Health Minister George Abbott telling him to Kill Bill 21! British Columbians have spoken: they know universal public health care is the most efficient, fair and affordable way to provide health care to all regardless of income. They want proven, public solutions to make Medicare stronger.

CSSBA makes proposals to distribute $3.5 million surplus bonus fund

April 30, 2008
The Community Social Services Bargaining Association (CSSBA) has negotiated a guaranteed minimum fund for Early Incentive Bonus Payments with the Community Social Service Employers' Association (CCSEA). The CSSBA also reached an agreement with CCSEA that if there was money left after distributing the Early Incentive Payments the CSSBA would determine the manner of distribution of that money. The audit of expenditures has now been completed and there is a surplus of almost $4 million.

Supervisors in the Union

April 23, 2008
HSA is offering three one-day workshops this Fall: Dates:Thursday, June 5 (Kelowna ... Coast Capri Hotel)Tuesday, June 10 (Prince George ... Coast Inn of the North)Thursday, June 12 (Vancouver ... HSA Office) HSA members who work in a supervisory role will have the opportunity to attend a one-day workshop in either Kelowna, Prince George, or in Vancouver at the HSA office.

Mourn for the dead; fight for the living

April 23, 2008
On April 28, 2008, we mark the 24th anniversary of the National Day of Mourning for workers killed and injured on the job. The National Day of Mourning is an initiative of the Canadian Labour Congress and was started in 1984. It is now celebrated around the world from Azerbaijan to Zambia.