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March 26 - Community Social Services Walk in Victoria

March 23, 2011
Members on Vancouver Island are invited to participate in a walk and rally for community social services planned for Victoria on March 26. The walk is an all-inclusive celebration to raise awareness about the vital role of community social services. The walk will commence & end at Centennial Square. Date: Saturday, March 26, 2011Place: Centennial Square, VictoriaStart Time: 11:00 am Welcoming remarks: Michael "Mickey" Cook, Namgis First Nation (Alert Bay Region)

HSA members re-elect Kimball Finigan as Region 5 Director

March 21, 2011
HSA members in Region 5 have elected Kimball Finigan to a third term as their representative on the unions Board of Directors.  Kimball is a radiation therapist at the BC Cancer Agency in Vancouver. The other candidate for election was Ramzan Anjum, a medical laboratory technologist at BC Childrens Hospital.

HSA members re-elect Marg Beddis as Region 7 Director

March 21, 2011
HSA members in Region 7 have re-elected Marg Beddis to a third term as their representative on the unions Board of Directors.  Marg is a dietitian at Surrey Memorial Hospital.   The other candidate for election was Brent Jeklin, a medical radiation technologist at Langley Memorial Hospital.

HSA members re-elect Janice Morrison as Region 9 Director

March 21, 2011
HSA members in Region 9 have re-elected Janice Morrison to a second term as their representative on the HSA Board of Directors.  Janice is a physiotherapist at Kootenay Lake Hospital in Nelson. The other candidate for election was Jackie Spain, a medical laboratory technologist at Golden & District Hospital.

Solidarity rally April 2 at Peace Arch

March 17, 2011
HSA is joining with unions across British Columbia, Oregon and Washington at a rally to stand in solidarity with workers who are struggling to keep their right to collectively bargain.

New B.C. health minister off base on for-profit care

March 17, 2011
Advocates working to protect B.C.s universal public health care system are troubled by recent statements made by newly-appointed health minister Mike de Jong, hinting at a bigger role for theprivate sector in health care delivery. Speaking to media during his first day on the job, de Jong argued that patients do not care who owns the health care facility or employs the workers when they receive care.

The Remaining Light film in Prince George

March 17, 2011
The Remaining Light film in Prince George (Part of the Traveling World Community Film Festival) Date:  Thursday, March 24 @ 12:05 pmPlace:  Prince George Public Library, Bob Harkins Branch Click here for full festival schedule and ticket information The Remaining Light premiered at the World Community Film Festival in Vancouver, and we're thrilled to see it travel around the province.

Urgent meeting re: anti-union agenda in Wisconsin

March 17, 2011
Following the US election, the Republican right launched an all-out attack on trade union and collective bargaining rights.  While other states have initiated anti-union legislation, Wisconsin has been the front-line of the assault, and a symbol of resistance to the conservative agenda. 

Final bargaining push to avoid labour dispute in community social services sector

March 16, 2011
Members of the community social services bargaining committee will be returning to the bargaining table next week, in a last ditch effort to avoid a labour dispute and reach new collective agreements for the sector. Bargaining will resume on Monday, March 21.  Key demands remain job security for our members and to guarantee continuity of care for the clients they work with. Better language in the contracts covering fair work practices and safe and healthy work places is also needed.

HSA elections in progress

March 11, 2011
ELECTION OF REGIONAL DIRECTORSElections for Directors in Regions 5, 7 and 9 are currently underway.  Voting packages, including information about candidates, have been mailed to members in these three Regions. Candidate statements have also been posted in the -HSA Elections 2011" section of the unions website.  Members who are planning to vote in Regions 5, 7 and 9 are reminded that your ballots must reach the HSA office by 5:00 pm on Friday, March 18 in order to be counted.