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Unions table proposals to address health science professional shortages

June 17, 2010
The Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association tabled proposals today at the bargaining table aimed at protecting and improving quality public health care in hospitals and communities across the province. Two key proposals address continued problems health authorities have in keeping and recruiting the health science professionals critical to the modern health care team.

Community social services: employer asks unions to remove monetary proposals

June 11, 2010
This week, the Community Social Services Employers Association requested that the unions rescind all monetary proposals. The unions have not yet responded to this request. The employers are still insisting on the provincial governments ‘zero financial mandate. Both sides are scheduled to meet seven more days through the end of the month. The union bargaining committee remains committed to achieving meaningful gains as mandated by our members. Josef Rieder represents HSA at the bargaining table, with HSA bargaining team chair Lynn Kelsey.

Rally June 23: International Trade Union Confederation on World Public Services Day

June 10, 2010
Trade Unionists from all over the world are gathering in Vancouver to attend the congress of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC). The CLC and the ITUC invite all trade Unionists and supporters to a Rally on World Public Services Day and on the eve of G20. Theme:  Now the People: from the crisis to global justiceDate:     Wednesday, 23 JuneTime:     12:30 ... 1:15Place:     Vancouver Convention Centre, West Building Terrace 1055 Canada Place

Community social services: employer opens with ‘zero mandate

June 4, 2010
On Tuesday, the union bargaining committee for community social services workers met with the employers group to discuss proposals tabled in May. The Community Social Services Employers Association (CSSEA) tabled a concessionary package offering no monetary gains. Josef Rieder represents HSA at the bargaining table, with HSA bargaining team chair Lynn Kelsey. -CSSEA says the Liberal government is forcing them to stick to a ‘zero mandate, and is not able to offer any gains for our members," Rieder said.

On to Ottawa Trek: 75th anniversary highlights labour victories, goal to end homelessness

June 1, 2010
This June marks the 75th anniversary of the On to Ottawa Trek, when 1,000 young unemployed men climbed atop railway boxcars to take their plea for work and wages to the federal government. In 1935, unemployed workers were being forced into relief camps, and made to perform labour under military-style discipline -- for 20 cents a day. When workers finally organized a walkout to protest conditions, then-Vancouver mayor Gerry McGreer directed city police to beat the protestors. Two months later, the young protestors decided to take their message to Ottawa.

Panel discussion on economic justice for women June 2 in Vancouver

May 31, 2010
The Vancouver and District Labour Council women's committee presents a panel discussion on economic justice for women Wednesday June 2. The panel will feature Adrienne Montani from First Call and the Living Wage Campaign, Jocelyn Vergabera from the Phillipine Women's Centre, and a representative from UNITE HERE Local 40. The panel will be held as follows: Wednesday, June 27 - 9 p.m.Boardroom 1Maritime Labour Centre111 Victoria Drive, Vancouver

Hotel workers to rally at Hyatt June 9 for safe jobs

May 31, 2010
Hotel Workers Rising is a movement of hotel workers across North America rising up to improve their jobs and secure better lives for themselves and their families. This year, 2000 hotel workers in the Vancouver Metro area are negotiating new union contracts in tandem with 60,000 hotel workers across the continent. Rally at the Hyatt RegencyWednesday, June 95 p.m.655 Burrard Street

CSS bargaining committee meets with employers' group, tables proposals

May 20, 2010
The union bargaining committee for community social services workers met with the employers group this week in Richmond. The union bargaining committee tabled a comprehensive package of proposals aimed at making gains and restoring rights after years of cuts and concessions. Among other demands, the committee is seeking better sick leave provisions and wage parity with the community health sector. The Community Social Services Employers Association (CSSEA) tabled its own concessionary package offering no monetary gains.

Protecting quality public health care top priority at health science professionals bargaining table

May 19, 2010
Two days of discussions about a new contract for health science professionals wound up Wednesday afternoon with some progress on non monetary issues related to protecting quality health care. The union bargaining association (Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association) tabled contract language related to whistle-blower protection for health care professionals who speak up about illegal practices at work which put the care of patients or the safety of employees at risk. 

Honduras: The Struggle Continues

May 14, 2010
Attached please find an information poster regarding an event being held to meet and hear Honduran partner, Maria Luisa Regalado of the Honduran Womens Collective speak about their work supporting the rights of women workers in Honduras and their participation in the resistance movement in Honduras. The HSA Committee on Equality and Social Action supports CoDevelopment Canada, which is sponsoring this event on June 14, 2010, and encourages you to attend. Please post this information on your union notice board.