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Will Obama make the Employee Free Choice Act a reality?

November 12, 2008
Obama's election provides an opportunity for progressive labour law reform in the U.S. Washington (10 Nov. 2008) - The election of Barack Obama as president is one of the few moments in recent years that organized labour in the United States has had something to cheer about. Obama has promised to sign the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) if passed by the new Congress following his inauguration in January. The EFCA was introduced but not passed in the last Congress.

HSA members urged to vote in Municipal Election

November 12, 2008
On Saturday November 15, 2008 British Columbians head to the polls to elect mayors, municipal councillors, school trustees, and regional district representatives. These local representatives make decisions that affect our everyday lives, and play a critical role in making our neighbourhoods, towns, and regions places where we want to live.  Local politicians also speak up for communities on important local, provincial and federal issues, and are an important voice for our communities with higher levels of government. 

OHSAH Health & Safety Update

November 12, 2008
Get Your Flu Shot! Flu season is fast approaching! In Canada, epidemics of influenza usually start during the late fall and last right through to early spring. Annual vaccination is highly recommended for all healthcare workers, particularly those who work with people who are at high risk for medical complications from influenza or more likely to require medical care (e.g. children under six months of age, persons aged 65 years or older.) For healthy adults under 65 years of age, the flu vaccine has proven 70% - 90% effective.

Over 80 Municipal Candidates Pledge to Become Public Health Care Defenders

November 7, 2008
The BC Health Coalition has commitments from 81 municipal candidates who have each signed a pledge to protect public health care. As public health care defenders, the candidates have agreed to:

Notice of meeting and elections at St. Paul's Hospital

November 6, 2008
All HSA members at St. Pauls Hospital are invited to a meeting. Guest speakers include HSA President Reid Johnson and Rachel Tutte, your representative on HSAs Board of Directors. This will be an opportunity to hear about what HSA is doing on your behalf, and to elect stewards to represent you at work. Wednesday, November 26Time: noon to 1:30pmHurlburt Auditorium, Providence Level 2 Lunch will be provided

B.C. auditor wants home and community care improvements

November 4, 2008
Reducing the need for higher intensity and for more costly services Vancouver (4 Nov. 2008) - The latest report by B.C. Auditor General John Doyle provides a list of recommendations to improve planning for home and community care programs. "Ministry of Health Services is not adequately fulfilling its stewardship role in helping to ensure that the home and community care system has the capacity to meet the needs of the population," the report says.

Unions win bonus for community social service workers

November 3, 2008
Community social services workers will receive a new bonus early next year thanks to the efforts of the Community Social Services Bargaining Association of Unions (CSSBA). The bonus is expected to equal about 1 per cent of each employees earnings in 2008. It will be based on reported income on the T4 incometax form, issued by employers by the end of February, 2009. All employees of Community Social Services Employers Association (CSSEA)agencies who earned income in 2008 will receive a bonus.

Public Health Care Double Header

October 31, 2008
Two FREE Public Events Next Week: On Wednesday Nov. 5th: Who's Minding the Store?The privatization of long-term care and what it means for care quality 7:00PMUnitarian Church - 949 W. 49th Avenue, Vancouver With speakers: Charlene Harrington, professor and researcherDr. Margaret McGregor, family physician and health services researcherLyne England, advocacy activist from Victoria

NUPGE hosts international labour rights symposium

October 30, 2008
More than 150 Canadian and international guests will meet Nov. 19-21 in Ottawa to discuss how labour rights are a critical component of human rights, helping to protect and promote democracy as well as the social and economic wellbeing of citizens.

Unions donate to Canadian Museum for Human Rights

October 28, 2008
The Canadian Museum for Human Rights received a big boost to its fundraising campaign this week with a $170,000 donation on behalf of the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) and four of its Component unions. The donation was announced at the 60th convention of the Manitoba Government and General Employees Union (MGEU/NUPGE) which was held October 24-25 in Winnipeg.