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Next Up: A leadership program for young people

August 20, 2008
Are you a 19- to 30-year-old who wonders what the future holds for the world? Are you concerned about things like climate change, poverty, public health and education, housing and trade policy? Do you believe that global and local issues are connected? Do you feel that our economic system is focused on profit at the expense of people and the planet? Do you believe that it is possible for us, as communities, to do things differently at home and abroad, to eradicate poverty, to deal with conflict peacefully, for everyone to have access to good public health and education services?

Find out about your pension plan

August 20, 2008
The BC Pension Corporation is holding information sessions across the province this fall to provide information to staff at CSSEA agencies about the Municipal Pension Plan. For details about information sessions in your community, click here. If you are unable to attend a session, contact your employer for an informational DVD produced by the BC Pension Corporation.

Region 9 meeting set for September 29

August 18, 2008
HSA Regional MeetingMonday, September 298:30 a.m. ... 4:00 p.m.Trickle Creek Lodge, Kimberley Regional meetings are an excellent opportunity for HSA members to review the issues and activities of the past year, and to discuss the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead. The meeting will be chaired by Region 9 Director Thalia Vesterback and HSA President Reid Johnson will report on union activities and issues since the April 2008 convention.

Member-at-Large elections in Regions 1, 3, 5, 7, and 9 this fall

August 18, 2008
Are you looking for a more active role in the union?  Then run for Member-at-Large! Member-at-Large elections are conducted during the unions regional meetings held each fall. This year, Member-at-Large elections will take place in odd-numbered regions (1, 3, 5, 7, and 9). Members-at-Large are elected by regional meeting delegates and begin their term at the conclusion of the 2009 annual convention.

CSS health science professional wage grids finalized for 2007 - 2009

August 18, 2008
More than $1.5 million in equity funding has been used to increase pay rates for Community Social Service health science professionals. This bulletin summarizes in full the distribution of the "equity monies" amounts of $491,593; $516,150 and $549,157 under Memorandum of Agreement #12 ... Joint Job Evaluation Plan of the Community./>

Region 8 meeting set for September 24

August 13, 2008
HSA regional meetingWednesday, September 24, 20088:30 a.m. ... 4:00 p.m.Grand Okanagan Resort-Columbia Room"1310 Water Street, Kelowna

New Westminster and District Labour Council offers winter school scholarships

July 24, 2008
The New Westminster and District Labour Council is now accpeting applications for two scholarships in memory of Brothers Gerry Stoney and Bob Fortin for the 2009 CLC Harrisaon Winter School Program. Criteria: • You must be a member of a CLC/NWDLC affiliated local union. • You must submit a letter, before September 30, 2008, describing your interest in labour education and how the opportunity to attend the CLC Winter School program will contribute to your personal development, benefit your union and the Labour Council.

Unions launch legal challenge against election gag law

July 24, 2008
Lawyers representing seven BC unions filed documents and launched a legal challenge July 23 against Bill 42. Bill 42 originally attempted to restrict third party election advertising for five full months before the next provincial election. Following widespread criticism, Bill 42 was amended but still goes far beyond any similar laws in the country and essentially shuts off all third party election advertising for three months before the next election.

Worksafe BC holds information session on infectious disease in high-risk communities

July 21, 2008
WorkSafeBC is hosting a half-day information session Tuesday, October 14 for social service and community care employers and workers. The focus will be on current and emerging trends in infectious diseases, including MRSA and TB, in high-risk communities. Registration is open, and not restricted to employers and workers in social services and community care.

Vancouver Whitecaps celebrate unions August 10 vs. Atlanta Silverbacks

July 18, 2008
Vancouver Whitecaps FC is celebrating unions in B.C. Sunday, August 10 at Swangard Stadium with reduced ticket prices for union members. The game is Sunday August 10, with a 4 p.m. kick-off. To order, call 604-669-WAVE (9283) and ask for the "union day" special. Reduced prices are as follows: Bronze $19 $11Silver $25 $13Gold $28 $17Platinum $36 $25 There is no minimum order, and the offer is good until August 8, 2008.