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WHAT IS THE HSA CONTRACT?

Collective agreements that govern the working conditions and compensation for HSA members working in the public sector expired on March 31, 2011. The union is working now on behalf of HSA members to negotiate new collective agreements.

Until new collective agreements are reached, the terms and conditions of the expired agreements continue.

In the public health care and social services sectors, HSA represents members covered by four collective agreements.

May 20: Vancouver International AIDS Candlelight Memorial

AIDS Vancouver has announced details for this years International AIDS Candlelight Memorial, one of the worlds oldest and largest grassroots mobilization campaigns for HIV awareness in the world.

Date: Sunday May 20th, 8 PM
Place: Alexandra Park, 1755 Beach Avenue (at Bidwell)

Radio Labour podcast features Canadian origins of the International Day of Mourning

Most people think International Health and Safety Day was started by a government or maybe the United Nations. Not so. It was started by a little health and safety committee in Canada in 1984. Observance of the day has spread to more than 60 countries.

RadioLabour has prepared a special programme about International Health and Safety Day. It features an interview with Anthony Pizzino, the Director of Research and Health and Safety for the Canadian Union of Public Employees.

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

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.
 

HSA President Reid Johnson said injury and fatality rates in BC are still far too high. "On the Day of Mourning, we honour workers who have died -- and we recommit to the fight to improve workplace health and safety," he said.

FREE PUBLIC FORUM

FREE PUBLIC FORUM

The Ombudspersons Report on Seniors Care in BC ... Building a Community-Based Response

Featuring a presentation by
BC Ombudsperson
Kim Carter

Saturday, April 28, 2012
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
CSI Seniors Activity Centre
in the Brock Shopping Centre
9a - 1800 Tranquille Road, Kamloops

Join us at a community forum on April 28 to discuss BC Ombudsperson Kim Carters comprehensive recommendations for improving quality, accessibility, and accountability in BCs home and community care system.

Earth Day: working together for change

Celebrated every April 22, Earth Day is the largest, most celebrated environmental event worldwide.

More than six million Canadians join billions of people in over 170 countries to stage events and projects to address local environmental issues. Nearly every school-aged child in Canada takes part in an Earth Day activity.

Environmental challenges abound as our daily actions pollute and degrade the fragile environment that humans and wildlife depend on to survive.

National Union endorses April's Not Myself Campaign to support mental health

During April, the Not Myself Today campaign intends to mobilize all Canadians in a movement to transform the way we think about, act towards and support mental health.

Ottawa (10 April 2012) ... The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is joining a broad range of organizations to support the Not Myself Today campaign initiated by the newly-formed Partners for Mental Health. On hand for the campaign launch was NUPGE National President James Clancy and Vice-President (Ontario) Nancy Pridham.

Victoria Walk calls for stronger commitment to community-based services

More than 300 people braved the rain on March 31 to show their support for programs and services that support victims of violence, youth at risk, people with developmental disabilities, women in transition, immigrant families and many others. 

Victorias 4th Annual Walk for Community Social Services was the final event, wrapping up a month of activities aimed at promoting a sector that is suffering from cutbacks and lack of adequate resources. 

Incorrect information about tax deduction for LTD premiums paid

A recent article in The Report contained incomplete information about tax deductions.
The potential for deducting for LTD premiums only applies if you are on an accepted LTD claim.
 
A member who is on an accepted LTD claim may be able to claim on their tax returns for LTD premiums they have previously paid. Whether they are eligible to do so, and how far back they can claim, is something HSA recommends you discuss with a financial or tax professional.