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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.

HSA welcomes Fraser Health Authority decision to drop privatized physiotherapy plan

May 11, 2010
Last November, rehabilitation therapists in the Fraser Health Authority were alarmed by the health authoritys announced plans to -partner" with private vendors to provide post-surgical physiotherapy. However, the FHA has recently abandoned those plans.

CSS joint union bargaining team calls on employer to bargain this week

May 11, 2010
The Community Social Services Bargaining Association (CSSBA) is urging the employer group, the Community Social Services Employers Association (CSSEA), to commence bargaining on Thursday, May 13, 2010 in Richmond. The CSSBA expects the first meeting will entail establishing a protocol agreement and setting dates and locations for a full exchange of proposals for the Community Living Services and General Services collective agreements.

Important meeting for Fraser Valley HSA members in diagnostic imaging

May 6, 2010
HSA members working throughout the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley received notice last month of a region-wide plan to consolidate diagnostic imaging services in the Lower Mainland. An important meeting to discuss how the consolidation plan may affect the jobs of HSA members working in diagnostic imaging throughout the region will be held for HSA members working at Abbotsford Regional Hospital, Langley Memorial Hospital, Mission Memorial Hospital, Fraser Canyon Hospital, and Chilliwack General Hospital as follows:

Forum on Public Health Care: How can we sustain it?

May 4, 2010
Public Forum:  Public Health Care: How can we afford it? Date:Friday, May 14 Time:7:00 p.m. Place:Firefighter's Conference Centre6515 Bonsor Street, Burnaby(in the Metrotown complex) SPECIAL GUESTS: Iglika Ivanova, Economist and Public Interest Researcher with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives on supporting innovation in the public health care system.