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BC Fed pension forum May 24 in Vancouver

The third BC Federation of Labour Pension Forum, held jointly with the Shareholder Association for Research and Education (SHARE), will take place in Vancouver May 24th, 2007. The conference brings together union leaders, pension trustees, pension advisory committee members and pension activists with investment managers, public policy makers and leading international thinkers to discuss and debate crucial pension plan governance, funding and investment issues.

For information:


Meet the candidates for HSA president

As of March 1, 2007, seven HSA members have been nominated to run for the position of HSA president. The new president will be elected Saturday, April 21 by delegates to HSA's 36th annual convention in Vancouver.

Last chance to register for HSAs -Talking about Health Care" workshop

The public consultation phase of the provincial governments -Conversation on Health" has begun and will continue in different communities around the province until it wraps up in Vancouver on July 7. As health care professionals, HSA members have a great deal of expertise to contribute to this discussion about the future of public health care. As individuals, we have many questions and concerns about where Premier Campbell intends to take our health care system, and what it will mean for our communities, our families and ourselves.

VDLC offers Global Solidarity School in Cuba this spring

The Vancouver and District Labour Council is organizing a global solidarity school in Cuba in May.

The Global Solidarity School is the initiative of progressive Canadians involved in trade union and academic education. The school will combine educational programs with Cuban cultural explorations that extend well beyond a typical tourist experience.

See the attached poster for information, or visit the website at

Additional steward workshop scheduled

Due to increased demand for steward training, HSA is offering the following course:

Steward Training Level 1 (3-day workshop):
May 7, 8 & 9, 2007

Please apply ASAP as workshops have been filling up quickly.

Register now for all-candidates' meetings in HSA election

The registration deadline is fast-approaching for attendance at the alll-candidates' meetings in HSA's election for a new president for the first time in 14 years, as Cindy Stewart has announced she will not be seeking re-election. 

A series of three all-candidates' meetings to give convention delegates an opportunity to meet the presidential candidates, hear their vision for the union and ask questions has been scheduled as follows:

HSA election campaign school

Do you want to work to elect representatives in the coming federal election who will support public health care and community social services, and who respect the work that HSA members perform?  Have you ever considered running for elected office yourself?  If your answer to one or both of these questions is -Yes!" (or even just -Maybe"), then HSAs non-partisan campaign school is for you.

March 12 & 13, 2007

Retirement planning: Municipal Pension Plan seminars scheduled

The Municipal Pension Plan is hosting retirement seminars in the coming months at various locations throughout B.C.

Who can attend?
All plan members are welcome, including those receiving long-term disability (LTD) benefits. There is no charge to attend and guests and spouses are invited.