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Striking teachers will not picket schools; HSA members in schools advised to report for work

March 2, 2012
As therapists, counsellors, youth workers, and in many other professions, HSA members regularly work at schools across BC.

Candlelight vigil in memory of farmworkers killed in unsafe van

March 2, 2012
The B.C. Federation of Labour will hold a candlelight vigil in memory of three farmworkers who were killed in an overloaded and unsafe van in 2007. Date: Sunday, March 4, 2012 Time: 3:00 pm Location: Abbotsford Civic Plaza32315 South Fraser WayAbbotsford, BC Sarbjit Kaur Sidhu, Amarjit Bal and Sukhvinder Kaur Punia were killed on the morning of March 7, 2007 when the unsafe and overloaded labour contractor van in which they were travelling crashed on Highway 1 near Abbotsford.

BC Teachers Federation and B.C. Federation of Labour to rally in Victoria next week to oppose Bill 22 and to support a fair and negotiated agreement for BC teachers

March 2, 2012
The BC Teachers Federation (BCTF) and the B.C. Federation of Labour today announced they will be holding a Rally at the BC Legislature next week. -Teachers are tremendously heartened by the solidarity and support we have felt coming from union members all across BC," said BCTF President Susan Lambert. -People understand that Bill 22 threatens the quality of public education for their children and grandchildren. Its just the latest example of this governments assault on all public services in BC."

UPDATED EVENTS: March 8: Unions are leading the fight for womens equality

March 2, 2012
International Womens Day: When our mothers entered the workforce a generation ago, job postings still listed higher wages for men ... -mens rates" ... alongside lower -womens rates," for people working side by side, doing exactly the same job. While women have fought for and achieved many significant gains, the wage gap between women and men today remains staggering: almost 30 per cent. Women working full-time still only make 70 cents for every dollar men are paid.

BCTF news release: Teachers will withdraw services to protest Bill 22, worsening classroom conditions

March 1, 2012
Next Monday, March 5, teachers across British Columbia will begin a legal three-day full-scale withdrawal of services, as permitted under the Labour Relations Board interim essential services order. At 6:00 a.m. today, the BCTF issued notice of the escalation to the BC Public School Employers Association.  

March is Community Social Services Awareness Month!

March 1, 2012
Frontline community social service workers and agencies help build safe, healthy, and caring communities across BC. During difficult periods, or when a crisis arises, community-based social services are available to help individuals and families deal with life's challenges. But chronic underfunding to BC's community social service agencies over the past decade has resulted in cuts to vital programs and services and growing waitlists. Organizations are stretched to the breaking point. Individuals and families are suffering.

Labour movement calls for withdrawal of Bill 22; return to bargaining

February 29, 2012
The BC Liberal government still has the ability to prevent a crisis in our public education system; withdraw Bill 22 and return to the bargaining table without condition and with the help of a professional mediator. See full statement from BC Federation of Labour officers.

Repetitive Strain Injury Awareness Day February 29: Health workers at risk

February 29, 2012
Bending over microscopes, scanning with an ultrasound transducer, positioning patients, entering patient data:  health and community social service professionals are at high risk of repetitive strain injuries.  On February 29 -- Repetitive Strain Injury Awareness Day ... HSA encourages you to assess your work station and environment, as well as your daily work flow and workload.  Are you taking your breaks?  Has your workload increased over the years for the same shift periods? 

Wear PINK against bullying! February 29

February 28, 2012
HSA is proud to support Pink Shirt Day in BC on February 29, and encourages members to show our solidarity by wearing pink on Wednesday. The Pink Shirt Day initiative, originating in support for bullied youth, has grown to encompass concerns regarding violence in society as a whole. In particular, awareness is growing about bullying in workplaces. HSA advocates for workplaces free of bullying and urges employers to view the elimination of bullying as a cornerstone of their programs for overall safety and prevention of violence.

Firm No to 'Net Zero' from Social Service Workers

February 27, 2012
The Tyee Years at bottom of public sector pay built anger, a strike is likely, say union leaders. By Tom Sandborn,