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NUPGE releases two new pensions backgrounders

November 13, 2007
The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) has released the fifth and sixth in its ongoing series of Pensions Backgrounders. The publications are designed for union activists seeking educational material to build their knowledge base and skill level around critical issues in the field of pensions.

Profit-driven health care costly

November 8, 2007
HSA President Reid Johnson responds to Province editorial on the escalating costs of pharmaceuticals. Read the letter here.

Future of pensions discussed at labour conference

November 8, 2007
The 3rd CLC Pension Conference attracted over 300 activists and experts to Ottawa last week ... making it one of our best-attended conferences, and with good reason. The future of secure pensions for working people is something unions have always held as a top priority. Delegates were treated to a wide variety of leading pension experts and a thorough line-up of the top-of-mind topics for todays pension fund activists.

Workshop reminder

November 6, 2007
There isstill room available in the two-day OH&S Steward Training workshop on November26 & 27, 2007. Please register as soon as possible if you are interested inattending this workshop. OH&S Steward Training:November 26 and 27, 2007

Effective return-to-work program workshop offered by UBC and Physiotherapists' Association

October 24, 2007
University of BC, School of Environmental Health, in cooperation with the Physiotherapy Association of British Columbia presents Ergonomic Assessment of Upper Limb Risk Factors for Effective Return-To-Work Programs. There are a few spaces left in the November 3 and November 29 workshops.

2008 Canadian Labour Congress WINTER SCHOOL

October 23, 2007
One of Canadas best labour schools, held at Harrison Hot Springs, in January and February 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.

Members urged to take action October 17, International Day for the Elimination of Poverty

October 11, 2007
HSA's Committee for Equality and Social Action urges you to join the BC Federation of Labour campaign to Raise the Minimum WageMinimum wage earners working full-time should earn enough to stay above the poverty line. That can only be achieved by immediately raising the minimum wage to at least $10.00 per hour.

Supervisors in the Union

October 5, 2007
HSA is offering two one-day workshops this Fall: Dates:  Friday, November 23, 2007           Thursday, November 29, 2007 Place:   HSA Office, 300 - 5118 Joyce Street, Vancouver HSA members who work in a supervisory role will have the opportunity to attend a one-day workshop at the HSA office.

Talking Politics: How to get women more involved in municipal politics

October 3, 2007
Members in the Lower Mainland interested in geting women involved in municipal politics are welcome to attend the latest in the Talking Politcis series. Thursday, October 11 hear from Sue Hammell, MLA, who will speak about internationl examples. Menna Wong will focus on how to involve all communities. Loretta Woodcock will talk about her experience as a Vancouver Parks Board member, and Sharon Gregson will share her perspectives as a school board member.

Hundreds of HSA members participate in Run for the Cure

October 1, 2007
Hundreds of HSA members across BC participated in the CIBC Run for the Cure, held Sunday September 30. HSA is a gold-level sponsor.