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March and rally to support BC's ambulance paramedics tomorrow

September 17, 2009
British Columbia's Ambulance Paramedics - members of CUPE Local 873 - are still fighting for a fair contract. Please join them tomorrow - Friday,  September 18 - for a march and rally in Richmond, BC  and show your support for their struggle with the Campbell government. Marchers will assemble on the Elmbridge Way sidewalk at the north side of the Sheraton Airport Inn (formerly the Best Western Richmond) located at 7551 Westminster Highway just West of Minoru Blvd. 

IHA cuts services to seniors, children

September 16, 2009
Citing budget cuts, the Interior Health Authority has eliminated crucial services for vulnerable residents in the Kootenays. Golden Hospitals speech language pathologist will leave at the end of September, leaving neurological patients, speech-delayed children and stroke and surgery patients without the critical support they need. Meanwhile, the recreation therapist at Talarico Place in Castlegar has been laid off and recreation therapy services at Boundary Hospital in Grand Forks have been halved.

HSA kicks off annual fall regional meetings for union activists

September 14, 2009
Kimball Finigan (radiation therapist, representing Region 5 on HSA's board of directors) chats with representatives from the Centre for Ability in Vancouver.

Paying more and getting less: the private clinics threat to medicare

September 10, 2009

Countdown is on to October 4 Run for the Cure

September 10, 2009
As BC leaders in the fight to end breast cancer, the Health Sciences Association of BC is an active participant in the annual Run for the Cure, the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation's most important fundraising event of the year. As health sciences professionals, HSA members are the key health professionals breast cancer patients count on for the diagnosis and treatment of, and rehabilition from breast cancer.

Budget fails to come clean on cuts to health care services says HSA

September 1, 2009
British Columbia families will bear the brunt of the provincial governments failure to adequately fund health care, Health Sciences Association of BC president Reid Johnson said in response to the provincial governments budget introduced today. -This budget means that British Columbians, who rely on our health care system, will pay more for less." Johnson said. The government will introduce additional costs to individuals and families by increasing MSP premiums by six per cent starting Jan. 1, 2010 ... and beyond, as the budget promises annual increases to the premiums.

NUPGE wants respirators for health care workers

September 1, 2009
PHAC should follow the 'precautionary principle' for everyone who comes in direct contact with the pandemic influenza virus and make a 'fit-tested NIOSH approved N95 respirator' available to each employee. Ottawa (1 Sept. 2009) - The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) says all health care workers exposed to a pandemic flu virus like H1N1 should be given fit-tested NIOSH approved N95 respirators to protect them on the job.

Celebrate Labour Day around the Province!

September 1, 2009
Monday, September 7 - celebrate Labour Day around the Province! Click here for a list of events in your community.

Labour Day Family Picnic

August 27, 2009
Join HSA, the BC Federation of Labour and other colleagues for a fun and relaxing family day Monday, September 7 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the annual Labour Day Picnic at John Hendry Park (Trout Lake) by Nanaimo Skytrain Station. The day will include family entertainment, fun (games and prizes), and food ($0.50 hotdogs, drinks & corn on the cob). Bring a picnic, stay for an hour or stay for the day. Click here to download the poster, and for directions to John Hedrey Park.

Fall 2009 Pension Seminars for Municipal Pension Plan Members

August 26, 2009
The municipal Pension Plan continues to offer pension seminars to plan members. Plan members have a choice of two seminars.  Your Pension, Your Future is for new and mid-career plan members. In this seminar, they'll explain pension benefits and help members understand how decisions they make today can impact their future pension income. Members will learn how to read their Member's Benefit Statement and find out how they can recover time from a break in service (such as general, maternity and parental leaves) to make the most of their future pension.