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This Municipal Election... Elect a Public Health Care Defender!

October 27, 2008
Municipal elections will be held across the province on November 15. The BC Health Coalition is calling on all municipal candidates to declare themselves public health care defenders!

Take time to vote in provincial by-elections October 29

October 27, 2008
Generalvoting will be held on Wednesday, October 29 in 2 by-elections in theprovincial constituencies of Vancouver-Fairview and Vancouver-Burrard.  Polls are open that day from 8:00 am to 8:00pm.  HSA members who live in theseconstituencies are urged to vote in these critical by-elections.  Section 74of the BC Election Act states thatemployees are entitled to 4 consecutive hours on October 29 for the purpose ofvoting.  Elections BC has provided thefollowing interpretation of this requirement:

2009 Canadian Labour Congress Winter School - One of Canadas best labour schools, held at Harrison Hot Springs, in January and February 2009

October 22, 2008
The CLC Winter School offers a wide variety of week-long, quality labour orientated courses.  Past HSA participants have rated the courses and the experience highly.  The school offers an opportunity to meet people from other unions and workplaces across BC.  To support HSAs ability to represent HSA members effectively and to help build a stronger union, members and/or stewards can apply to take courses chosen to meet these objectives.

Workshop Reminder

October 21, 2008
There is still room available in the two-day OH&S Steward Training workshop on December 1 & 2, 2008.  Please register as soon as possible if you are interested in attending this workshop. OH&S Steward Training:December 1 and 2, 2008 Eligible stewards should print a pre-registration form off the HSA websiteat www.hsabc.rog (go to Member Services, then Education) and return it to the HSA Office (Attention:  Karin Herbert) as soon as possible.  HSA will call you to confirm your registration.

Who's Minding the Store?

October 17, 2008
BC Health Coalition NOVEMBER 5, 2008 - FREE PUBLIC EVENT: Who's Minding the Store?The privatization of long-term care and what it means for care quality Wednesday Nov. 5th - 7-9 pmUnitarian Church - 949 W. 49th Avenue, Vancouver With speakers:

Celebrating child care workers and early childhood educators

October 17, 2008
Oct. 22 marks the seventh annual day of appreciation for child care workers and early childhood educators Ottawa (17 Oct. 2008) ... The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is joining with Canadians across the country in acknowledging the contributions made by child care workers and early childhood educators in the development of children, families and communities.

Community Social Service Workers Appreciation Day November 6

October 8, 2008
The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) will observe Nov. 6 as the first annual Community Social Service Workers Appreciation Day in Canada. The union is urging everyone to mark the occasion by taking time to appreciate the contribution these workers make to strengthen communities across the country.

HSA steward elections

October 8, 2008
Elections will be held during the next 2 months to select members to fill the following HSA positions for the coming year: 1. Chief Steward2. Assistant Chief Steward3. General Stewards4. Occupational Health & Safety Stewards and5. Labour Council Delegates (for chapters that are affiliated to their local labour council) Stewards play an essential role within HSA and the workplace.  All members are encouraged to vote in these elections, and to consider running for these positions. 

HSA members urged to vote in October 14 federal election

October 8, 2008
On October 14, 2008 Canadians will head to the polls to elect a new federal government.  The Members of Parliament we elect can have a huge impact on the health care and community social services that HSA members provide.  HSA urges members to examine the positions of the parties on these issues, and to vote for candidates who will support public health care and community social services. General voting day: Tuesday, October 14 Voting times: