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Chief steward acclaimed at VGH; no voting required November 21

November 20, 2007
After the deadline for nominations passed at a meeting November 19 with only one nomination, Faith Uchida has been acclaimed as the HSA Chief Steward at Vancouver Hospital for the term of one year. As a result, the scheduled voting will not be held November 21.

New $10 minimum wage video released on You Tube

November 16, 2007
I want to share with you our latest effort in the Campaign to increase BC's minimum wage and win a long overdue pay raise for 250,000 low paid workers. $10 NOW: BC Workers Need a Raise is a short video piece where working people talk about why our minimum wage needs to be increased. It's just been posted on You Tube, and you can watch it now by clicking on this link:

Steward elections at VGH November 19 and 21

November 14, 2007
HSA members at Vancouver General Hospital are encouraged to participate in the election of a chief steward, assistant chief stewards, occupational health and safety stewards and general stewards. In order to allow as much participation as possible, two days have been set for voting: Date: Monday, November 19Time: 12 noon - 12:30 p.m. - nominations of stewards           12:30 - 1:30 p.m. - votingPlace: Paetzold Health Education Centre, Multipurpose rooms 1 and 2

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.