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Please -Brown Bag your Lunch" on Thursday September 24

September 23, 2009
USW members of Local 2009 are fighting for a fair collectiveagreement with Compass Canada. The members areamongst the lowest paid workers in the health care sectorand are fighting for equality with other workers doing thesame work. Compass is not negotiating with the union at this time and need the support of their colleagues at Surrey Memorial Hospital to achieve a fair contract from Compass Canada.

What health care workers should know about the H1N1 pandemic

September 20, 2009
The World Health Organization has declared a world H1N1 flu pandemic. It is uncertain how serious this pandemic will be in terms of how many people infected will be severely affected. However, because H1N1 is a new virus, many people may have little or no immunity against it, and illness may be more severe and widespread as a result. In addition, there is currently no vaccine to protect against this virus, although recent reports indicate that one should be available by October.

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.

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.

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

September 10, 2009

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.

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.

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.