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Retraining Fund available for HSA members in Health Services and Support (Community Subsector) Agreement

October 22, 2009
(This information applies to HSA members of the Health Services and Support / Community Subsector.) In September, HSA mailed to every member in the Health Services and Support (Community Subsector) information about the Community Retraining Fund available to unionized workers in the Health Services and Support Community subsector.  The package includes: a) an overview,b) answers to frequently asked questions, andc) application forms.

Compass food workers locked out: Please don't use Fraser Health Authority food services

October 22, 2009
Please be advised that Compass has now locked out union members working at retail food service locations in the Fraser Health Authority. While picket locations do not impede other union members from going to work, the B.C. Federation of Labour and the United Steelworkers Local 2009 are asking union members to not use any of these food services while management tries to operate these sites.

OHSAH Workshop Schedule Fall 2009

October 21, 2009
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H1N1 Vaccination set to begin

October 21, 2009
The H1N1 vaccine has just been approved for use across Canada and the vaccination program for BC will begin shortly. This approval is based upon positive results of clinical trials of the vaccine in Europe.   As with any seasonal flu vaccination campaign HSA encourages members to participate.  Vaccination is an integral part of the prevention against serious health risk.   Health care workers will be among the first to be offered the vaccine in BC along with: 

Additional steward workshop scheduled

October 15, 2009
Due to increased demand for steward training, HSA is offering the following workshop: Steward Training Level 1 (3-day workshop):â–º November 30, December 1 & 2, 2009 Also, there is still room in the following OH&S Steward Training Level 1 workshops: â–º November 2 & 3, 2009â–º November 23 & 24, 2009 Please apply ASAP as workshops have been filling up quickly. Pre-registration forms are available from the HSA website at www.hsabc.org.

Families rally in Kelowna to save services for children

October 13, 2009
HSA President Reid Johnson will join concerned families at a rally to save services for children in Kelowna Sunday, Oct. 18. Date: Sunday, October 18Time: 11 a.m.Place: Kerry Park (The Sails) Downtown Kelowna For information about how to get involved, contact bcautism@gmail.com

Health and Safety Alert

October 8, 2009
Union Affiliates and Labour Council Leadership, please forward to your Health and Safety Activists. Download PDF

Steelworkers picketing at Fraser Health Authority health facilities

October 8, 2009
Labour Relations Board rules USW pickets cant block workers or patients Members of United Steel Workers (Local 2009) are fighting for a fair collective agreement with Compass Canada. The members are amongst the lowest paid workers in the health sector, and are fighting for equality with other workers doing the same work. In September, the Labour Relations Board ruled that Compass workers could, if necessary, put up limited pickets at facilities in the Fraser Health Authority.

HSA support to attend -The politics of womens lives"

October 6, 2009
The October 18, 1929 decision in the -Persons Case" held that Canadian women were -persons" under the law, and thus could be appointed to the Senate and established more generally that Canadian women had the same rights as Canadian men with respect to positions of political power. To mark the 80th anniversary of the Persons decision, the Canadian Women Voters Congress is holding a half-day workshop including speakers, discussion and reflection related to the politics of womens lives. Event information: