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Central American tour planned to learn about HSA-supported projects

September 27, 2005
BL10075 Solidarity is more than making donations. Personal contact and relationships between people from the north and the south can be as important as money. Are you interested in learning first hand about the projects HSA supports in Central America? Would you like to see for yourself the reality for the majority of the population in Central America? Are you ready for a life changing experience?

Support striking Sodexho workers

September 22, 2005
HSA President Cindy Stewart joined other union leaders at a rally in Vancouver to support HEU and BCGEU members who are on strike for a first collective agreement with Sodexho. The 1,100 workers have been on strike since Sept. 15. The majority of the dietary, cleaning and other support services workers are paid $10.15 per hour.

Last call for HSA's October election campaign school

September 16, 2005
Members encouraged to get involved in upcoming municipal and federal elections HSA and its members have become increasingly active politically. HSA members worked on the recent provincial election in unprecedented numbers. Many of these members attended one of the three campaign schools HSA offered during the past year. Feedback from these members emphasized the value of these campaign schools in preparing members to work on election campaigns.

Prevention of Workplace Violence Workshop

September 15, 2005
As you know, all workers have a right to a safe work environment. Surveys consistently indicate that HSA members care about and are willing to become involved in health and safety issues. Unions have a significant role to play ensuring that our workplaces are safe. HSA takes a leadership role in the promotion of workplace safety through health and safety education initiatives for our membership, such as the Prevention of Workplace Violence Workshop. We urge you to talk to other Stewards, OH&S Stewards and interested members to encourage them to attend this workshop together.

Make poverty history!

September 15, 2005
Participate in the BC ConferenceFriday evening, October 28 & Saturday, October 29 In celebration of their twentieth anniversary, CoDevelopment Canada is organizing a two day conference as part of the national Make Poverty History Campaign. The goals of the Canadian campaign are straightforward:

HSA psychiatric nurses to be surveyed on priorities for bargaining

September 14, 2005
BL10072 HSA is preparing for the next round of contract negotiations between the Nurses' Bargaining Association and the Health Employers Association of B.C. The current provincial collective agreement expires March 31, 2006. All HSA registered psychiatric nurses will receive a questionnaire in the mail. The survey is designed to identify working conditions and members' bargaining priorities.

Supervisors in the union

September 13, 2005
HSA is offering three one day workshops this fall:

HEU picketing at health facilities limited; direct employees guaranteed access to work

September 13, 2005
Direct employees of health authorities, including all HSA members, will have access to work in the event that HEU members in a first contract dispute with Sodexho erect picket lines. Each of the worksites affected has been designated locations where picketing is allowed, and access is guaranteed to ensure 100 per cent levels of service by direct employees of the health authorities.

HEU issues 72-hour strike notice in dispute for first agreement with Sodexho

September 12, 2005
HSA today received notice that the Hospital Employees' Union has issued 72-hour strike notice against Sodexho. The parties have been bargaining for a first collective agreement since March 11. The earliest potential for job action is Thursday, Sept. 15. Because of orders issued by the Labour Relations Board, HSA and other union members will not be affected by picket lines, except that access to the worksite will be through designated entrances.

PPBA bargaining proposal delegates to be elected at regional meetings

September 6, 2005
BL10069 Delegates to HSAs Fall Regional Meetings will elect representatives to a bargaining proposal conference this winter for members covered by the Paramedical Professional Bargaining Association contract. Any member covered by the PPBA contract may run for a delegate position. Members do not have to be a delegate to the regional meeting to put their names forward for consideration as a representative to the bargaining proposal conference, however, only delegates to the meeting are entitled to vote for bargaining proposal conference delegates.