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Additional steward workshop scheduled

October 15, 2009
Due to increased demand for steward training, HSA is offering the following workshop: Steward Training Level 1 (3-day workshop):â–º November 30, December 1 & 2, 2009 Also, there is still room in the following OH&S Steward Training Level 1 workshops: â–º November 2 & 3, 2009â–º November 23 & 24, 2009 Please apply ASAP as workshops have been filling up quickly. Pre-registration forms are available from the HSA website at

Families rally in Kelowna to save services for children

October 13, 2009
HSA President Reid Johnson will join concerned families at a rally to save services for children in Kelowna Sunday, Oct. 18. Date: Sunday, October 18Time: 11 a.m.Place: Kerry Park (The Sails) Downtown Kelowna For information about how to get involved, contact

Health and Safety Alert

October 8, 2009
Union Affiliates and Labour Council Leadership, please forward to your Health and Safety Activists. Download PDF

Steelworkers picketing at Fraser Health Authority health facilities

October 8, 2009
Labour Relations Board rules USW pickets cant block workers or patients Members of United Steel Workers (Local 2009) are fighting for a fair collective agreement with Compass Canada. The members are amongst the lowest paid workers in the health sector, and are fighting for equality with other workers doing the same work. In September, the Labour Relations Board ruled that Compass workers could, if necessary, put up limited pickets at facilities in the Fraser Health Authority.

HSA support to attend -The politics of womens lives"

October 6, 2009
The October 18, 1929 decision in the -Persons Case" held that Canadian women were -persons" under the law, and thus could be appointed to the Senate and established more generally that Canadian women had the same rights as Canadian men with respect to positions of political power. To mark the 80th anniversary of the Persons decision, the Canadian Women Voters Congress is holding a half-day workshop including speakers, discussion and reflection related to the politics of womens lives. Event information:

Rallies planned to oppose termination of autism programs

October 1, 2009
Families are planning rallies in the coming weeks to fight the cut in funding for autism services for children. HSA President Reid Johnson will join the Kelowna rally Sunday October 18 at 11 a.m. Date: Sunday, October 18th Time: 11 am - 1 pm Place: Kerry Park/The Sails (downtown Kelowna on Bernard Avenue)

Workshops on peace, labour, international solidarity

September 30, 2009
Two upcoming workshops highlight the importance of labour activists engagement in working towards peace, economic justice, and international solidarity. SATURDAY OCTOBER 17TH 20099:30 am ... 3:30 pmMaritime Labour Centre1880 Triumph Street, Vancouver

UBCM 2009: City councils call for government action to stop for-profit health care

September 29, 2009
A resolution* calling for immediate government action to prevent the growth of for-profit medical clinics is on the agenda at this weeks Union of BC Municipalities Convention being held in Vancouver. "I brought forward this resolution because I think that public health care in Canada is one of our most precious assets. As stewards of our communities, municipalities and the UBCM have an opportunity and responsibility to do what we can to protect health care services on behalf of our residents," said Victoria City Councillor Sonya Chandler.

Please -Brown Bag your Lunch" on Friday, September 25

September 24, 2009
USW members of Local 2009 are fighting for a fair collective agreement with Compass Canada. The members are amongst the lowest paid workers in the health care sector and are fighting for equality with other workers doing the same work. Compass is not negotiating with the union at this time and need the support of their colleagues at Royal Columbian Hospital and Peace Arch Hospital to achieve a fair contract from Compass Canada.

Protect patients and clients from virus by protecting yourself, HSA tells members

September 24, 2009
The Health Sciences Association of BC (HSA) today released a report by an environmental health expert that recommends a high standard of personal protective equipment use by health care workers to minimize the spread of the deadly H1N1 virus.