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10th Annual Labour Community Christmas Dinners

December 7, 2005
 BL10087 The 10th Annual Labour Community Christmas Dinners will be held on Saturday, December 24th, from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the Whalley Legion Hall in Surrey and the Maritime Labour Centre in Vancouver. There are many ways that HSA members can help. HSA members wishing to make a donation can send cheques payable to: Labour Community Christmas Dinnerc/o Angela Schira, Secretary-TreasurerBC Federation of Labour#200 - 5118 Joyce StreetVancouver, BC V5R 4H1

Community social service members select representatives for bargaining committee

December 6, 2005
BL10086 HSA members covered by the Community Social Services Bargaining Association collective agreement held a bargaining proposal conference last week to discuss priorities for the upcoming negotiations. The current collective agreement expires March 31, 2006. Pat Jacklin, an HSA member at Comox Valley Transition Society, was elected to join Labour Relations Officer Josef Rieder as HSA's representatives on the Community Social Services Bargaining Association of Unions (CSSBA). Also elected to the HSA bargaining advisory committee were:

MLAs not the only ones who deserve wage increase

November 18, 2005
BL10085 HSA President Cindy Stewart has written to Premier Gordon Campbell calling on the government to apply the same factors and considerations that led to a 15 per cent wage increase for MLAs to the governments preparations for setting a wage mandate for other public sector workers, including the health care and community social services workers represented by HSA.

HSA members urged to vote in municipal election

November 14, 2005
On November 19, 2005 British Columbians head to the polls to elect mayors, municipal councillors, school trustees, and regional district representatives. These local representatives make decisions that affect our everyday lives, and play a critical role in making our neighbourhoods, towns, and regions places where we want to live. Local politicians also speak up for communities on important local, provincial and federal issues, and are an important voice for our communities with higher levels of government.

HSA scholarships for 2006 Canadian Labour Congress WINTER SCHOOL

November 10, 2005
One of Canada's best labour schools, held at Harrison Hot Springs, in January and February 2006

BC Federation of Labour scholarships - 2006 Canadian Labour Congress WINTER SCHOOL

November 10, 2005
The BC Federation of Labour offers two scholarships for attendance at the 2006 CLC Winter School:

Meeting to set contract objectives; this is your chance to have a say

November 9, 2005
BL10081 With the Paramedical Professional Bargaining Association contract set to expire March 31, 2006, planning is underway to prepare HSA's priorities to present at the bargaining table. Delegates to the January 23 to 25, 2006 Bargaining Proposal Conference will set the bargaining priorities based on proposals submitted by HSA members at local chapter meetings. Delegates from each region were elected as representatives to the conference at regional meetings held throughout the fall.

Date change for Bargaining Proposal Conference for HSA members covered by the Community Social Services Bargaining Association Collective Agreement

October 26, 2005
BL10080 The Bargaining Proposal Conference for members covered by the Community Social Services collective agreement has been re-scheduled from Wednesday, November 16, 2005 to Thursday, November 24, 2005. The conference will be held in Burnaby, location to be announced. In order to prepare for the Bargaining Proposal Conference, you must hold a Chapter meeting to identify bargaining issues and to elect your delegate(s) to the conference.

Political Action Fund support still available for HSA members to run or work in November municipal election

October 21, 2005
HSA members who are running for municipal office, or working on campaigns to elect candidates for local government positions, can apply to HSA for the following financial support from HSAs Political Action Fund:

Reminder - Supervisors in the Union workshops

October 19, 2005
HSA offered three one-day workshops this fall: