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Putting people first a great reason to run

June 20, 2014
HSA REPORT, JUNE 2014 Laura Dupont understands that her community of Port Coquitlam is all about people and families, and this is motivating her to run for the first time in this fall's municipal election.

Regional conference gives BCFED province-wide focus

June 20, 2014
HSA REPORT, JUNE 2014 "We need to be the BC Federation of Labour – not the Downtown Vancouver Federation of Labour." That's how Jim Sinclair, BC Fed President, opened The fourth BC Federation of Labour Regional Conference was held June 6-7 in Kimberley. He was remembering the words of a delegate to the convention that saw the Federation move from annual to biannual conventions.

Rally Thursday to support teachers

June 17, 2014
BC's labour leaders have issued a statement of solidarity with BC’s teachers, who started full-scale strike action across the province today, and are organizing a solidarity rally for Thursday, June 19. Teachers are holding strong against the BC Liberal government’s assault on our public education system. We need to send a clear message to Christy Clark and the BC Liberals that they must respect the work of our teachers and negotiate a settlement in good faith. The B.C. Federation of Labour and the BC Teachers’ Federation are co-hosting a rally:

Public health defenders win right to speak in court case

June 13, 2014
HSA REPORT, JUNE 2014 The BC Supreme Court has ruled that a group of public health care supporters that includes the BC Health Coalition and Canadian Doctors for Medicare, may submit expert evidence in a BC case that is attempting to destroy Canada's Medicare system.

Taking your message to Victoria

June 13, 2014
HSA REPORT, JUNE 2014 On May 1st, a group of 20 HSA members from around the province and from a range of professions spent the day in Victoria.

HSA RPNs address trauma at professional event

June 12, 2014
RPNS Nicole McIntosh and Genelle Sandberg were on hand to promote HSA's work. HSA REPORT, JUNE 2014 HSA and its members played a big role in a recent event hosted by the College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of BC.

Make your HSA team the best it can be! Fall 2014 Basic Steward Training

May 29, 2014
Stewards play a vital role in the union. Particularly important is the steward's role in contract interpretation, organizing and the grievance procedure. In recognition of the need for educating new stewards in these areas, HSA is offering a 3-day Basic Steward Training workshop at the HSA office this fall: Dates:  September 15, 16, 17Location:  HSA Office, 300 – 5118 Joyce Street, Vancouver

BC teachers forced onto picket lines next week

May 23, 2014
BC teachers will conduct rotating strikes beginning next week to back demands for a fair contract that puts students first. The union has provided advance notice of their picket action in order to ensure parents are able to make alternative arrangements. For information about the picketing in your school district, see here:

Safety Update #4

May 5, 2014
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Why a day of mourning?

April 25, 2014
Unions are about more than decent jobs for workers. The labour movement also works to make workplaces safe for everyone. Yet, each year thousands of Canadians are killed or injured on the job or die from work-related diseases. In 2012, 979 Canadians died because of their work, but we know the numbers are higher because official figures only capture those who received workers’ compensation benefits. Hundreds more die from under-reported illnesses and occupational diseases that go unrecognized in the compensation systems.