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BCAA push for private insurance undermines medicare

October 3, 2008
BC Health Coalition calls on British Columbians to reject BCAA queue jumping insurance and demand government action to enforce health care legislation. The BC Health Coalition is deeply disturbed by BCAAs recent announcement to begin offering insurance that will allow its members to jump the health care queue and obtain services at for-profit clinics.

HSA Political Action Fund available to support members in October 29 provincial by-elections

October 2, 2008
HSA members who are running for office or working on campaigns in the provincial by-elections in Vancouver-Burrard and Vancouver-Fairview can apply to HSA for the following financial support from HSAs Political Action Fund: 1. Members who are candidates can apply for up to 20 days of wage replacement and/or up to $200 to cover approved personal expenses incurred to run for office.

VGH Steward Elections 2009

October 1, 2008
Notice of Chapter Meeting Help keep your union strong! HSA Stewards: ­ Advocate on behalf of members Keep members informed about union activities Provide democratic leadership Are the backbone of the union HSA offers ongoing leadership, grievance handling, and contract interpretation training for new and experienced stewards. Nominations and Voting:

Notice for HSA Safety Stewards and Activists

October 1, 2008
HSA is sponsoring an Occupational Health and Safety Conference-Connections ... Advocating for a Safe and Healthy Workplace"November 20 and 21, 2008Hilton Vancouver Airport Hotel This conference is designed for experienced safety stewards to develop their understanding and to help ensure safe working conditions for all members.  Learn from presenters from agencies such as OHSAH, WorkSafeBC, and other experts. Learn more about topics such as:

OHSAH Health & Safety Update

September 25, 2008
Team OHSAH Team OHSAH successfully completed the Hoodoo 500 ultra-cycling race through 835 km of the Utah Canyonlands. From September 13-15, eight OHSAH employees undertook this physical and mental challenge to raise funds for the BC Cancer Foundation.

Poison food crisis shows Harpers contempt for government

September 24, 2008
'How many more people must die before the Harper government realizes that public health and safety must always transcend the boundaries of ideology?' James Clancy, National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE)

A NAFTA challenge to Medicare ... the other shoe dropping?

September 23, 2008
By Larry BrownNational Secretary-TreasurerNational Union of Public and General Employees Canadian governments have made our public health care and other social programs very vulnerable to attack by private for profit companies outside of Canada. They have done that by signing trade deals like the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Weve known that for years î º and for years weve been warning them and nervously waiting for the other shoe to drop, for someone to actually challenge our public programs.

The Big Issue: Debating the Future of Canadian Health Care

September 18, 2008
Join the BC Health Coalition for... The Big Issue: Debating the Future of Canadian Health Care. A Vancouver Centre Federal All-Candidates Forum Tuesday September 23, 2008. 1:00pm - 3:00pm. 411 Seniors Centre, 3rd Floor: 411 Dunsmuir @ Homer in Vancouver.

CESA supports members participation in the Remembrance Day Teach-in: Ninety Years After -The War to End All Wars"

September 17, 2008
Call for delegatesTo celebrate the International Day of Peace on September 21, the Committee on Equality and Social Action is calling on members to apply for support to attend the Remembrance Day Teach-In being developed by the World Peace Forum Society.

Week one of the election campaign

September 15, 2008
An election campaign is no time to discuss serious issues: that famous line from the 1993 federal election seemed, to a large extent, the main truth of the first week of the 2008 federal election campaign. Watching the reports from the hustings, Canadian working families are, with reason, asking themselves the most political question of all: whats in it for us?