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HSA Political Action Fund available to support members running or working in November municipal election

HSA Political Action Fund available to support members running or working in November municipal election

HSA members who are running for municipal office, or working on campaigns to elect candidates for local government positions, can apply to HSA for the following financial support from HSAs Political Action Fund:

1. Members who are candidates can apply for up to 5 days of wage replacement and/or up to $200 to cover approved personal expenses incurred to run for office. 

2. Members who are working on a civic election campaign can apply for 1 day of wage replacement, but must demonstrate that they are donating at least 20 hours of their own unpaid time to work on the campaign. Additional paid time may be approved by HSAs Political Action Committee.

Members can apply for support if they are running for, or working on campaigns to elect, any of the following positions: 

 1) mayor
 2) councillor
 3) school trustee
 4) regional district electoral area director
 5) Islands Trust trustee
 6) elected park board commissioner.

HSA is not affiliated with any political party.  HSA provides financial support to members to run for office or to work on election campaigns, only where the candidate and the civic party or slate with which the candidate is running ... if any ... demonstrate support for:

a) a positive role for the public sector;
b) the principles of the Canada Health Act;
c) free collective bargaining for public sector employees; and
d) progressive occupational health and safety legislation.

Members applying for support must complete an application (copies are available on HSAs website) and send it to HSA by mail or fax, to the attention of Carol Riviere.

The initial deadline for applications to be received by the
HSA office is 4:00 pm on Friday, September 12, 2008.

Applications received after this date will also be considered, but an early initial deadline has been set so that members who require several weeks notice in order to arrange time off work will know as soon as possible whether their applications have been approved.

For further information, please contact Carol Riviere, Communications Officer, at the HSA office.

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