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Send a letter to protect home and community care

October 29, 2010
BC Health Coalition Action Alert Dear Friend of Medicare, We're calling on you to join with public health care supporters in your community to demand quality and accessible health care for seniors and people with disabilities. As a part of the home and community care weeks of action this month, write a letter to your local papers and have your say.

Province's user fee plan penalizes BC patients

October 22, 2010
BC Health Coalition calls on province to reverse its directive requiring health authorities to charge fees to patients who need hospital care to recover from illness or injury The BC Health Coalition is concerned that core hospital services previously provided to patients free of charge as required by the Canada Health Act are now subject to so-called -convalescent care" fees that health authorities began to impose over the spring and summer.

Community social services: Employment security means stability and quality services for clients and families

October 21, 2010
Employment security will enhance stability and quality services for the people who need them in a time of tremendous change and government cuts. The Health Sciences Association and other unions representing more than 15,000 community social services workers have made employment security and continuity of services a centrepiece of the bargaining associations proposals at the bargaining table.  The unions' proposals on employment security include:

HSA endorses letter from community living advocates

October 20, 2010
The Health Sciences Association is adding the unions voice to concerns raised by a group of concerned advocates for community living services and supports.

New poll shows strong public support for community social services

October 14, 2010
A new poll conducted for The Roundtable of Provincial Social Service Organizations confirms British Columbians support for restoring funding to community social services. According to the Angus Reid poll, 65 per cent of British Columbians surveyed agreed current funding levels are too low for community social services such as daycare; seniors care, employment services, supports to families and children, help for vulnerable populations, and adult residential care.

HSA steward elections

October 12, 2010
Elections will be held during the next  six  weeks to select members to fill the following HSA positions for the coming year: 1. Chief Steward2. Assistant Chief Steward3. General Stewards4. Occupational Health & Safety Stewards and5. Labour Council Delegates (for chapters that are, or wish to become, affiliated to their local labour council).

Vancouver City Council passes motion calling for the restoration of VGH domestic violence program

October 8, 2010
In a unanimous vote last night, Vancouver City Council passed a motion calling for the restoration of the outpatient Domestic Violence Program at Vancouver General Hospital. VGH closed the clinic in a surprise move this summer, with no consultation with emergency room staff or with the community. HSA Region 4 Director Brendan Shields spoke in support of the motion on behalf of the union.

We want to hear what you think

October 7, 2010
HSA has contracted with Viewpoints Research to conduct a survey of HSA members on issues related to current contract negotiations. Your feedback is important and valuable to your bargaining committee.  If you are contacted by Viewpoints Research in the coming week, we encourage you to participate in the telephone survey, which will take approximately 20 minutes to complete. Please contact Miriam Sobrino at msobrino@hsabc.org at the HSA office if you have any questions or concerns.

Running for the cure: HSA members make a difference

October 5, 2010
Hundreds of HSA members across the province participated in Sunday's Run for the Cure. Charmaine Nathan (medical radiation clinical educator, St. Paul's Hospital) brought her daughter. Send us yourphotos! If we use your photo on our website or in The Report magazine, we'll send you a gift package. Send your photos to jdavis@hsabc.org 

Fraser Health Authority to lay off Registered Psychiatric Nurses, RNs

October 5, 2010
Fraser Health Authority announced last week that it is reducing the number of Registered Psychiatric Nurses and RNs caring for seniors in residential care. FHA is laying off approximately a dozen Registered Psychiatric Nurses, among more than 100 nurses to be laid off in FHA-owned and -operated facilities. The FHA layoffs affect RPNs and RNs at these sites: