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Supreme Court says BC Liberals violated Charter of Rights - Court rules in favour of health care workers, throws out sections of Bill 29

June 8, 2007
The Supreme Court of Canada issued a landmark decision today, declaring sections of Bill 29 unconstitutional. The Supreme Court ruled that sections of the Bill amounted to -substantial interference with the unions ability to engage in collective bargaining." In the ruling, the Court throws out sections of Bill 29 and gives the provincial government 12 months to rectify the violations. HSA President Reid Johnson says the decision is a clear win for health workers across British Columbia.

CESA raises awareness about June 21, National Aboriginal Day

June 6, 2007
HSAs Committee for Equality and Social Action is encouraging members to help raise awareness about National Aboriginal Day, a day first proclaimed in 1996 as an annual occasion to recognize the diverse cultures and outstanding contributions to Canada of the First Nations, Inuit and Métis. This years sticker features the logo of the Sisters in Spirit project, which works to improve the human rights and address the violence facing Aboriginal women.  HSA supports this project through NUPGE and direct donations.

What are my rights and obligations during a flood?

June 5, 2007
Many HSA members have questions about their rights and obligations in the event of a flood or other emergency. Click \"read more\" for a copy of HSA's Q&A on this topic which will appear in next month's issue of The Report.

Unions win LRB decision in community social services sector

May 30, 2007
A recent Labour Relations Board (LRB) decision makes it more difficult for Community Living BC (CLBC) to dismantle the group home model and de-unionize the community living sub-sector community social services sector.

Reminder: HSA offers scholarships for Summer Institute for Union Women - "Strong Women Taking Action" - July 4 - 8, 2007 - Victoria

May 24, 2007
The BC Summer Institute for Union Women offers an intensive week of learning within a supportive environment where union women can develop skills as workers, activists and leaders.

Community organizations mark International Day of Action for Women's Health

May 23, 2007
The Vancouver Women's Health Collective will mark May 28, the International Day of Action for Women's Health, with a "Conversation on Women's Health." Participants will discuss women's health issues, including the determinants of health such as housing and livable incomes. The women-only event will be held at Heritage Hall (3102 Main St. Vancouver). The day begins at 9:45 a.m. and ends at 3:15 p.m. 

Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association (HSPBA) 2006-2010 contracts now available for all members

May 18, 2007
The final version of the 2006-2010 Collective Agreement between the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association and the Health Employers Association of B.C. has been delivered to employers throughout the province for distribution. Employers have accepted responsibility for distribution of the contract to members. If you have not yet received a copy of your collective agreement, please be in touch with your facilitys human resources department.

PEARS research project recruiting participants form Fraser Health and Vancouver Island Health Authorities

May 17, 2007
A new research study at the University of British Columbia is looking for healthcare workers who have experienced a workplace injury or other incident resulting in acute pain and who have registered in a PEARS program within Fraser Health Authority or Vancouver Island Health Authority. Participants identities will be kept strictly confidential, and neither the participants employer nor any PEARS personnel will have access to the information collected.

By-election to be held in Region 5

May 16, 2007
During the next several weeks, HSA members in Region 5 will have an opportunity to elect a new representative to the HSA Board of Directors.  HSA opened nominations following the election of former Region 5 Director, Reid Johnson as HSA President at the 36th annual convention in April. Nominations for the position closed on May 15, 2007 with two members declaring their candidacy:  Kimball Finigan, a Radiation Therapist at BCCA ... Vancouver Cancer Centre, and Gerald Yu, a Health Records Administrator with Children and Womens Hospital (BC Womens Hospital).

Friends of Medicare campaign to promote positive, public solutions to provinces health care challenges

May 16, 2007
Dr. Jacky Davis, founder of the UK's Save our NHS. The BC Health Coalition, along with Canadian Doctors for Medicare, Oxfam and the Council of Canadians, today launched Friends of Medicare, a campaign to protect and improve public health care in B.C.