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What are cuts costing you?

February 1, 2010
You and your family depend on BC's public services. So why doesn't the BC Government undestand that when they cut public services, they hurt your family and community. HSA and other unions have joined to support the BC Federation of Labour "Cuts Cost You More," advertising campaign. Visit the BC Federation of Labour website to hear the radio ad and see the print ad.

Attend vigil for autism services Monday, February 1

January 29, 2010
Despite wide-spread public outcry and media attention, the Early Intensive Behavioural Intervention (EIBI) program for children with autism is closing its doors this week due to government funding cuts. At Queen Alexandra Center for Child Health on Vancouver Island, 40 experienced and highly-trained therapists have lost their jobs. Today is their last day of work. These cuts were triggered this fall by Children and Family Development Minister Mary Polak, who announced funding for autism services for children under age 6 would be cut by more than $3 million.

CoDev Canada invites HSA members to World Community Film Festival January 29-31

January 26, 2010
CoDevelopment Canada invites HSA members and friends to its World Community Film Festival, January 29-31, 2010 at Langara College. The ninth annual film festival features documentaries set around the globe about social justice, food security, and environmental issues.

COMMUNITY HEALTH: HSA Board of Directors recommends rejecting tentative agreement

January 22, 2010
HSAs board of directors voted this week to recommend rejection of the tentative agreement reached last month in the Community Health Services and Support sector between the bargaining associations lead union, BCGEU, and the provincial government. The board agreed with HSAs negotiating team representing members in the sector that the agreement asks members to give up too many hard-won benefits.

Support BC's ambulance paramedics in 2010

January 21, 2010
Week of January 18, 2010 Friday, January 22 - Port MoodyWhat:  Protest at Port Moody ... Coquitlam MLA, Iain Blacks OfficeTime:  12:30 ... 1:30Where:  #203 ... 130 Brew Street, Port MoodyLet the Minister Responsible for Small Business, Technology and Economic Development know that eliminating workers legal rights through legislation is not an effective way to build a better and stronger British Columbia. Week of January 25, 2010

Nominations open for David Bland Memorial Award

January 19, 2010
Five years ago, in 2005, David Bland, a vocational rehabilitation counsellor and HSA member from Richmond Mental Health, was murdered at his workplace by a former client.  His tragic death served as a sombre reminder that more needs to be done to prevent incidents of violence in the workplace and to protect health care ands social services workers on the job.  

CLC partners with Canadian Red Cross to support donations for Haitian disaster relief

January 18, 2010
In times of great hardship and need, the labour movement shows the meaning of solidarity and mobilizes to bring support to workers, their families and their communities. The Canadian Labour Congress, in cooperation with the Canadian Red Cross, is working to provide an easy way for union members to make a donation to help the victims of the devastating earthquake and instantly receive a tax receipt. We invite you to support this urgent fundraising appeal by completing the form below to make your donation.

Advocating for Seniors Advocacy in BC

January 7, 2010
The BC Health Coalition is pleased to announce "Advocating for Seniors Advocacy in B.C." -- an important community event taking place on January 19, 2010 in Burnaby. The BC Health Coalition is co-sponsoring this event with the BC Seniors' Advocacy Network and the Hospital Employees' Union.  They wish to develop a more constructive dialogue among advocacy groups that work with individual advocates and pursue systemic advocacy goals.

Holiday greetings from HSA

December 22, 2009
In past years, the Health Sciences Association has marked the holiday season with cards of thanks and greetings to activists, colleagues, supporters and suppliers. It was our way of thanking you for the work you do with us throughout the year.This year - as we have done in recent years - HSA instead made a financial contribution to Food Banks BC.

Tentative agreement reached in community health bargaining

December 21, 2009
A settlement was achieved late in the day on Saturday, December 19 between the Community Bargaining Association and the Health Employers Association of B.C. (HEABC). The CBA represents 10,000 workers delivering services in community health, including just over 600 HSA members. Highlights of the tentative agreement are: