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Labour reacts to the shutdown of Parliament

December 4, 2008
OTTAWA ... The President of the Canadian Labour Congress has reacted to todays shutdown of Parliament by the Prime Minister, saying it will cost people their jobs and delay much-needed action to confront the economic crisis. -Our country is standing on the edge of an economic crisis. People are losing their jobs and watching their retirement savings evaporate. While governments around the world are taking action to stimulate their economies our Prime Minister has shut Parliament down. This is not what the country needs. We need Parliament to get to work," said Georgetti.

Tell Stephen Harper not to shut down Canada's Parliament

December 2, 2008
The National Union of Public and General Employees has started a petition for its members and the general public urging Prime Minister Stephen Harper not to shut down Parliament in order to avoid defeat in the Commons. You can sign the petition by clicking here.

Rally to support a coalition government

December 2, 2008
The B.C. Federation of Labour and the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) are calling on British Columbians to support the proposed coalition government in order to ensure that Canada has a government prepared to deal with the economic crisis the country is facing. Canadians are worried about their jobs, their savings, and their future. Right now we need all of our political leaders to work together for the good of the economy and the country.

World AIDS Day: We can make a difference

December 1, 2008
This December 1st, World AIDS Day, the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) wants to remind its members and all Canadians that working together we can make a difference in the lives of people living with AIDS.

NUPGE calls on members to support coalition government

December 1, 2008
Ottawa (1 Dec. 2008) ... The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is supporting a Canada-wide campaign to back a coalition that could defeat the minority Harper government. NUPGE has joined a number of groups, including the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC), to rally support across the country this week for a Liberal and NDP coalition after the Harper Conservatives failed to provide the much-needed stimulus to kick-start a weakening economy.

HSA offers election campaign school - REVISED DATES

November 26, 2008
HSA is holding a non-partisan election campaign school for members who are interested in working on election campaigns or running for political office.  The school will focus on the provincial election scheduled for May 12, 2009. If you want to help elect representatives who will support public health care and community social services, or are considering running for elected office some day, then HSAs election campaign school is for you! Campaign School Dates:  Thursday & Friday, February 19 & 20, 2009

16 Days of Activism focuses on ending violence against women

November 20, 2008
Through the union's Committee for Equality and Social Action, HSA is supporting the "We Can" campaign to end violence against women. The campaign kicks off in Vancouver with a dinner November 25 featuring guest speakers Mona Mehta of Oxfam Great Britain, Sandra Moran, of Guatemala's Women's Sector of the Civil Society, and Robert Fox, executive director of Oxfam Canada. HSA has a limited number of free tickets for this dinner available. If you would like tickets, please send an email to:

Health professionals call throne speech a huge disappointment for ignoring "health-care deficit"

November 19, 2008
Ottawa (19 Nov. 2008) ... Health professionals are calling todays speech from the throne a -huge disappointment" because it failed to address important issues facing Canadas health-care system.  "Its clear from this throne speech that the Harper government doesnt view health care as a top priority and in fact seems to suggest the job is pretty much done," says Elisabeth Ballermann, Co-Chair of the Canadian Health Professionals Secretariat (CHPS). 

Public solutions for better ... faster health care

November 18, 2008
During National Medicare Week the National Union is urging governments to look to the public system to deliver solutions to wait-time issues and health care shortages. Ottawa (17 Nov. 2008) - The Canadian Health Coalition and health coalitions across the country are marking November 17-22 as National Medicare Week. The National Union of Public and General Employees is supporting the week and calling for governments to make a greater commitment to publicly funded, delivered and administered health care.

BC Health Coalition urges citizens to take action during National Medicare Week, November 17 to 22

November 18, 2008
The BC Health Coalition is urging citizens to take action to protectand expand public health care in their communities during NationalMedicare Week, November 17-22. -Ongoing violations of the Canada Health Act (CHA),such as private clinics extra-billing and costly membership fees, area threat to Canadians health and their pocketbooks," says Joyce Jones,Community Co-Chair of the Coalition.