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Community Social Services Awareness Month proclaimed across BC

March 24, 2009
The campaign to raise awareness of the importance of community-based social services is being supported by municipal councils across BC. To date, 31 city councils have passed resolutions declaring March as Community Social Services Awareness Month, following presentations by local workers in the sector.

Survey on quality of women's lives

March 20, 2009
Although all working people report they are suffering from more stress related to balancing responsibilities at work and at home, the greater burden is falling on women. Statistics reveal that women bear the brunt of duties associated with child care, are the primary caregivers for the elder care of aging parents and are responsible for the majority of household chores.

OHSAH Learning Portal - It's a Go!

March 19, 2009
March 9, 2009 OHSAH is pleased to announce that it will be moving forward with the development of the OHSAH Learning Portal, which will provide BC's healthcare stakeholders with access to a centralized repository of healthcare occupational health and safety (OHS) education and training resources.

Nurses Bargaining Association reaches tentative deal to extend provincial contract

March 17, 2009
While there is no general wage increase, the 24-month extension provides a 3 per cent labour market adjustment in 2010 and in 2011. Thats in addition to the 4.2 per cent wage increase already negotiated and scheduled for April 1, 2009. HSA represents just over 800 Registered Psychiatric Nurses covered by the Nurses' Bargaining Association collective agreement. HSA's nurses will vote on the tentative agreement by mail-in ballot, being distributed to HSA members this week. Completed ballots must be returned to the HSA office by Friday, April 3, 2009.

Stop Conservative plan to take away pay equity

February 27, 2009
On February 6, 2009, the government tabled legislation that will radically change the rules governing pay equity in the federal public sector.

OHSAH Health & Safety Update

February 26, 2009
Workers' Perspectives: A Violence in Healthcare survey The Provincial Violence Prevention Steering Committee (PVPSC) wants to hear about workers' experiences with violence to create an accurate picture of violence in healthcare workplaces. This survey is the first tool of its kind that will help identify priority areas for violence prevention efforts. If you are a BC healthcare worker, you are eligible to complete our survey and be entered in a draw to win an iPod. Why is violence in healthcare a concern?

BC Federation of Labour Womens Campaign School

February 20, 2009
Are you a woman planning to participate in the upcoming provincial election campaign?  If so, then the BCFLs Womens Campaign School may be for you. Dates:  March 21-24, 2009Location:  Harrison Hot Springs, BC

HSA support still available for members participating in the provincial election

February 17, 2009
HSA members throughout the province who are running for office or working on campaigns in the May 12, 2009 provincial election can apply to HSA for the following financial support from HSAs Political Action Fund: 1. Members who are candidates can apply for up to 20 days of wage replacement and/or up to $200 to cover approved personal expenses incurred to run for office.

Budget 2009 shows BC Liberals in holding pattern in lead-up to May provincial election

February 17, 2009
Todays budget tabled by the BC Liberal government makes it clear that the BC Liberals are in a holding pattern until the next provincial election, says Reid Johnson, president of the Health Sciences Association of BC. HSA represents more than 15,000 health science professionals who provide clinical, diagnostic and rehabilitation services in hospitals and community facilities.

Election budget 2009 leaves health authorities hanging until 2011

February 17, 2009
Todays 2009/2010 provincial budget announcements failed to provide any new money for health care in British Columbia until 2011.  In addition, the budget included no movement towards the creation of previously promised not-for-profit residential beds or any new funding for seniors care. -In times of economic crisis, providing the ability for health authorities to invest in home and community care today would be a productive form of economic stimulus that would benefit communities across the province, said Leslie Dickout, Medicare Campaigner, BC Health Coalition.