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Safety Source Bulletin

December 20, 2005
News and information for HSA safety stewards.  Download bulletin as PDF

Prevention of Workplace Violence Workshop

December 19, 2005
As you know, all workers have a right to a safe work environment. Surveys consistently indicate that HSA members care about and are willing to become involved in health and safety issues. Unions have a significant role to play ensuring that our workplaces are safe. HSA takes a leadership role in the promotion of workplace safety through health and safety education initiatives for our membership, such as the Prevention of Workplace Violence Workshop. We urge you to talk to other Stewards, OH&S Stewards and interested members to encourage them to attend this workshop together.

•Therefore be it resolved

December 8, 2005
HSA members will soon be preparing for the 2006 HSA Convention, to be held April 6, 7, & 8, 2006 at the Hilton Vancouver Metrotown in Burnaby. Conventions are where chapters from around the province determine the future direction of the union. Policies, actions, constitutional amendments, structural changes are all discussed and debated at convention.

Nominations open for Regional Director positions in Region 2, 4, 6, 8, & 10

December 8, 2005
This year Regional Director elections will take place in Regions 2, 4, 6, 8 & 10. All HSA members in these regions are encouraged to put their name forward for these important positions. Directors meet, on average, every six weeks and take an active leadership role in representing the union. They are reimbursed for the time they spend in official meetings at their own regular rate of pay. Part-time and casual members are reimbursed as if they were at work during the meetings they attend.

2006 HSA Convention to be held April 6, 7, & 8, 2006 in Burnaby

December 8, 2005
The 2006 HSA Convention is just around the corner. Once again, delegates will have an opportunity to debate issues and help to determine the future direction of our union. All HSA members are welcome to attend and speak at the Convention, which will be held this year at the Hilton Vancouver Metrotown in Burnaby. However, only delegates have the right to vote.

10th Annual Labour Community Christmas Dinners

December 7, 2005
 BL10087 The 10th Annual Labour Community Christmas Dinners will be held on Saturday, December 24th, from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the Whalley Legion Hall in Surrey and the Maritime Labour Centre in Vancouver. There are many ways that HSA members can help. HSA members wishing to make a donation can send cheques payable to: Labour Community Christmas Dinnerc/o Angela Schira, Secretary-TreasurerBC Federation of Labour#200 - 5118 Joyce StreetVancouver, BC V5R 4H1

Community social service members select representatives for bargaining committee

December 6, 2005
BL10086 HSA members covered by the Community Social Services Bargaining Association collective agreement held a bargaining proposal conference last week to discuss priorities for the upcoming negotiations. The current collective agreement expires March 31, 2006. Pat Jacklin, an HSA member at Comox Valley Transition Society, was elected to join Labour Relations Officer Josef Rieder as HSA's representatives on the Community Social Services Bargaining Association of Unions (CSSBA). Also elected to the HSA bargaining advisory committee were:

MLAs not the only ones who deserve wage increase

November 18, 2005
BL10085 HSA President Cindy Stewart has written to Premier Gordon Campbell calling on the government to apply the same factors and considerations that led to a 15 per cent wage increase for MLAs to the governments preparations for setting a wage mandate for other public sector workers, including the health care and community social services workers represented by HSA.

Over 100 municipal candidates pledge to become public health care defenders

November 16, 2005
BC HEALTH COALITION The BC Health Coalition has commitments from 113 municipal candidates who have each signed a pledge to protect public health care (list available for download below). As public health care defenders, the candidates have agreed to:

Political action: speaking up for health care and social services

November 14, 2005
The Report: November / December 2005 vol.26 num.6 by CINDY STEWART On November 19, 2005 British Columbians head to the polls again. This time, its to elect mayors, municipal councillors, school trustees, and regional district representatives.