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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.

HSA to be represented at 50th anniversary B.C. Federation of Labour convention

November 24, 2006
HSA will be represented by 38 delegates to the 50th annual convention of the B.C. Federation of Labour November 27 to December 1. This year's theme: "A proud history. A strong future." celebrates the B.C. Federation's 50th Anniversary. Highlights will include discussion of the future of BC's resource communities, resolutions regarding the growing exploitation of temporary international workers, and reports on the future of organizing and how we grow our movement.

VIHA to reimburse dietitians professional association fees

November 17, 2006
HSA and the Vancouver Island Health Authority (VIHA) have reached an agreement that will see HSA dietitians reimbursed an estimated $100,000 for membership fees paid to Dietitians of Canada since 2003/04. The settlement is a result of a grievance launched in 2004, when the union pursued member concerns that the employer required membership in good standing in the professional association as a condition of employment, and that individuals must be personally responsible for paying the $150 to $450 annual base membership fee.

BC Fed celebrates 50 years

November 10, 2006
The Vancouver Folk Music Festival Sciety presents Strike Up The Band, a celebration of the labour movement, November 30 at the Orpheum. The event is a musical celebration in dance and song of the labour movement and its struggles, and showcases a range of B.C. talent. Emcee'd by Joe Keithley, the evening will feature appearances by Jim Byrnes, Allison Russell, Linda Tillery, the Universal Gospel Choir, Tons of Fun University, and the Union All Star Band.

Stop Health Care Privatization: Town Hall Meeting - November 16

November 8, 2006
Speakers from the Council of Canadians and BC Health Coalition will explore issues of: - upgrading TWO hospitals- curtailing regionalization- keeping hospitals public, not private- what a real "conversation on health" entails Date:  Thursday, November 16Time:  7:00 p.m.Place:  Florence Filberg Centre - Rotary Room          411 Anderton Avenue, Courtenay Come and share your views.  FREE ADMISSION; EVERYONE WELCOME.