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Members sought to support HSA members in new enhanced disability management program

May 18, 2011
As of April 1, 2011, new language came into effect in the HSPBA and NBA collective agreements with respect to an Enhanced Disability Management Program (EDMP) designed to facilitate an employee-centred, pro-active, appropriate and customized disability management program for employees with occupational and non-occupational illness/injury. As a workplace based program, successful implementation of the EDMP requires designated union representatives who will play an active role in ensuring members realize the greatest benefit from this groundbreaking program.

BC Community Living Action Group marks 7th anniversary of Christy Clarks move to create CLBC, as unfulfilled promises leave vulnerable families, adults waiting

May 17, 2011
For immediate release Seven years ago, BC's Deputy Premier and Minister for Children & Families, Christy Clark, introduced legislation to establish Community Living BC, promising that the new authority would change the lives of people with developmental disabilities and their families for the better.

HSA Board of Directors re-elects vice president, elects new secretary-treasurer

May 4, 2011
Val Avery -- a physiotherapist at Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria -- has been re-elected by the HSA board of directors to serve as the unions vice-president. Avery is the unions regional director for Region 2. 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.

HSA members urged to vote in May 2nd federal election

April 28, 2011
On May 2nd, HSA members will help elect a new federal government. Members are encouraged to vote for candidates who support public services, and the people who deliver them. Election Day: Monday May 2Voting times: 7:00 am ... 7:00 pm (Pacific Time)7:30 am ... 7:30 pm (Mountain Time) Advance VotingYou may also vote on one of the following Advance Voting Days:

Putting -families first" includes restoring disability supports, report says; community living partners present solutions to a growing crisis for adults with developmental disabilities

April 27, 2011
Vancouver ... A -families first" agenda for British Columbia should include listening to families who are struggling to support adults with developmental disabilities, says the BC Community Living Action Group (BC-CLAG).

HSA seeks Region 8 representative on unions board of directors

April 27, 2011
HSA is calling for nominations for the position of Regional Director for Region 8, following the resignation of Joan Magee. Magee has served on the unions board of directors since 2004. The new Regional Director will serve the remainder of the two-year term, which ends at the conclusion of HSAs 2012 annual convention.

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Building a Fair Tax System

April 27, 2011
The Vancouver & District Labour Council presents: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Building a Fair Tax System Date:      Friday, May 27 7-9 p.m.              Saturday, May 28 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Location: Auditorium, Maritime Labour Centre             1880 Triumph Street, Vancouver  Cost:       $75 for union sponsored delegates              $50 for individuals              $35 for low wage/student To register, contact Rachel at the Vancouver and District Labour Council. 604-254-0703  

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

April 26, 2011
On April 28 ... the National Day of Mourning for workers killed and injured on the job ...  HSA President Reid Johnson and the unions Board of Directors joins BC workers mourning for the dead and fighting for the living. 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. April 28, 20118:00 am - 9:00 amHastings ParkVancouver, BC

Community Social Service members: still time to cast your ballot!

April 21, 2011
Are you a community social service worker and haven't had a chance to cast your strike vote ballot? Please attend information sessions and vote at any location below:

Invitation to a special NUPGE online event on April 28th

April 19, 2011
The Prime Minister won't answer your questions - but we will!The Election, Taxes and our Public Services: How could the vote on May 2 affect our social programs? Live online - Watch and participate in the discussion.Thursday, April 28 20113:30 pm - 4:30 pm To watch the forum, or learn more about the campaign, go to Want to submit your question in advance?  Email NUPGE at