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Radio Labour podcast features Canadian origins of the International Day of Mourning

April 27, 2012
Most people think International Health and Safety Day was started by a government or maybe the United Nations. Not so. It was started by a little health and safety committee in Canada in 1984. Observance of the day has spread to more than 60 countries. RadioLabour has prepared a special programme about International Health and Safety Day. It features an interview with Anthony Pizzino, the Director of Research and Health and Safety for the Canadian Union of Public Employees.

B.C. psychiatric nurses reap rewards

April 26, 2012
Georgia Straight

May Day events planned for Vancouver, Prince George, and Penticton

April 26, 2012
Vancouver - May 1: The celebration will run through the afternoon and evening.

April 28: National Day of Mourning for workers killed and injured on the job

April 25, 2012
All workers and their families are invited to pay tribute to workers who have been injured or killed on the job, or stricken with occupational disease.   HSA President Reid Johnson said injury and fatality rates in BC are still far too high. "On the Day of Mourning, we honour workers who have died -- and we recommit to the fight to improve workplace health and safety," he said.

HSA extends message of support to Prince George members

April 25, 2012
Health Sciences Association of BC offers its condolences to members, their families, and community as they deal with the devastating tragedy of the fire at the Lakeland Sawmill in Prince George "On behalf of all HSA members, I offer our thoughts and prayers to our colleagues and their families in Prince George," said HSA President Reid Johnson. -The tragedy in Prince George has affected the whole community, including the many HSA members who were called on to respond to emergency medical demands resulting from the explosion and fire," he said.

HEABC still not ready to defend refusal to implement contract; arbitration delayed

April 24, 2012
After months of preparation, the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association (HSPBA) appeared before arbitrator John Hall Monday to argue an application for interim relief in a policy grievance that alleges HEABC is in contravention of the 2010-2012 HSPBA collective agreement for failing or refusing to work towards the objectives agreed to in bargaining.

Community health bargaining: unions, employer resume talks

April 24, 2012
The Community Bargaining Association (CBA) resumed bargaining last week in Vancouver, exchanging and discussing proposals for four days with the Health Employers Association of British Columbia (HEABC). The parties discussed several issues and exchanged proposals on previously tabled proposals.  Most of the non-monetary issues have been canvassed, and this week work continue to narrow the differences or gain agreement on many issues members have identified as important.

Community social services: Progress slow at bargaining table

April 23, 2012
Following a month-long break the Community Social Services Bargaining Association (CSSBA) ... returned to the negotiating table on April 16 for four days of contract talks with the Community Social Services Employers Association (CSSEA). CSSBA reports that progress has been frustratingly slow. The bargaining committee is working hard to make the case for a fair and reasonable deal, including a wage increase.


April 23, 2012
FREE PUBLIC FORUM The Ombudspersons Report on Seniors Care in BC ... Building a Community-Based Response Featuring a presentation by BC Ombudsperson Kim Carter Saturday, April 28, 20129:00 AM - 11:00 AM CSI Seniors Activity Centre in the Brock Shopping Centre9a - 1800 Tranquille Road, Kamloops Join us at a community forum on April 28 to discuss BC Ombudsperson Kim Carters comprehensive recommendations for improving quality, accessibility, and accountability in BCs home and community care system.

Health Sciences Association opens 41st annual convention

April 20, 2012
Members of the Health Sciences Association, the union delivering modern health care that represents health sciences professionals who deliver diagnosis, treatment and recovery in BCs hospitals and communities, is meeting this weekend at its 41st annual convention in Vancouver. Over the course of the next two days members will be debating a number of resolutions as the union adds to and enhances the agenda it has built over the past four decades.