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2007 HSA Convention to be held April 19-21 in Vancouver

December 5, 2006
Highlights include election of a new HSA president The next HSA Convention will take place April 19-21, 2007 at the Fairmont Hotel in Vancouver. The 2007 convention is shaping up to be once of the most exciting conventions in recent memory as delegates will elect a new union president for the first time in 14 years.

•Therefore be it resolved

December 5, 2006
HSA members will soon be preparing for the 2007 HSA Convention, to be held April 19, 20, & 21, 2007 at the Fairmont Hotel in Vancouver. Conventions are where chapters from around the province determine the future direction of the union.  Policies, actions, constitutional amendments, structural changes are all discussed and debated at convention.

Nominations open for Regional Director positions in Region 1, 3, 5, 7 & 9

December 5, 2006
This year, Regional Director elections will take place in Regions 1, 3, 5, 7, & 9.  All HSA members in these regions are encouraged to put their name forward for these important positions.

2007 Canadian Labour Congress

December 4, 2006
WINTER SCHOOL One of Canadas best labour schools, held at Harrison Hot Springs, in January and February 2007

BC Federation of Labour Scholarships

December 4, 2006
2007 Canadian Labour CongressWINTER SCHOOL The BC Federation of Labour offers two scholarships for attendance at the 2007 CLC Winter School:

Nominations officially open for HSA President

December 4, 2006
HSAs 2007 Annual Convention will be one of the most exciting conventions in recent memory as delegates will elect a new union president for the first time in fourteen years. Cindy Stewart, president of HSA since 1993, announced last April that she would not be seeking re-election for another term at the 2007 convention.

Unions call for shutdown of private for-profit emergency clinic

November 29, 2006
Delegates to the B.C. Federation of Labour annual convention called this week for the immediate shutdown of the False Creek Surgical Centre's private, for-profit emergency clinic. Tuesday morning, 1,100 delegates to the B.C. Federation of Labour's 50th Convention unanimously approved of a resolution demanding the federal, provincial and municipal governments enforce, support and maintain the Canada Health Act and called for the immediate shutdown of the Centre's clinic.

Rally Nov. 30 to protest private emergency clinic

November 29, 2006
Health care workers are invited to join delegates to the B.C. Federation of Labours 50th Convention who will be rallying outside of Vancouver City Hall in protest of Canadas first private-for-profit emergency clinic. DATE:  NOVEMBER 30, 2006 TIME:   12:30 PM LOCATION:  VANCOUVER CITY HALL   453 West 12th at Cambie Speakers will include representatives of front line health care workers, seniors, and the B.C. Health Coalition.

Stop user-pay emergency room from opening, BC Health Coalition tells government

November 28, 2006
Health minister hesitates while private surgical clinic moves to expand profit-making enterprise The BC Health Coalition is calling on the provincial government to immediately stop plans by the private, for-profit False Creek Surgical Centre to open Canadas first user-pay emergency room in Vancouver on Monday. -The False Creek Surgical Centres latest entrepreneurial venture ... an emergency room ...appears to involve charging fees for medically-necessary treatments and procedures," says health coalition co-chair Joyce Jones.

Lack of Staff Number One Issue in HSAA Survey

November 28, 2006
Ottawa (November 27, 2006) -- A recent survey of 12,000 members of the Health Sciences Association of Alberta (HSAA/NUPGE) identifies workload and lack of staff as the number one issue. HSAA is a union that represents more than 14,000 professional, technical, support and ambulance workers in Alberta's health care system. "We asked our members what it would take to create a quality work environment. Most say the hiring of more staff to reduce workload is what's needed," said HSAA president Elisabeth Ballermann.