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HSA members re-elect Marg Beddis as Region 7 Director

March 21, 2011
HSA members in Region 7 have re-elected Marg Beddis to a third term as their representative on the unions Board of Directors.  Marg is a dietitian at Surrey Memorial Hospital.   The other candidate for election was Brent Jeklin, a medical radiation technologist at Langley Memorial Hospital.

HSA members re-elect Janice Morrison as Region 9 Director

March 21, 2011
HSA members in Region 9 have re-elected Janice Morrison to a second term as their representative on the HSA Board of Directors.  Janice is a physiotherapist at Kootenay Lake Hospital in Nelson. The other candidate for election was Jackie Spain, a medical laboratory technologist at Golden & District Hospital.

Urgent meeting re: anti-union agenda in Wisconsin

March 17, 2011
Following the US election, the Republican right launched an all-out attack on trade union and collective bargaining rights.  While other states have initiated anti-union legislation, Wisconsin has been the front-line of the assault, and a symbol of resistance to the conservative agenda. 

Solidarity rally April 2 at Peace Arch

March 17, 2011
HSA is joining with unions across British Columbia, Oregon and Washington at a rally to stand in solidarity with workers who are struggling to keep their right to collectively bargain.

The Remaining Light film in Prince George

March 17, 2011
The Remaining Light film in Prince George (Part of the Traveling World Community Film Festival) Date:  Thursday, March 24 @ 12:05 pmPlace:  Prince George Public Library, Bob Harkins Branch Click here for full festival schedule and ticket information The Remaining Light premiered at the World Community Film Festival in Vancouver, and we're thrilled to see it travel around the province.

Final bargaining push to avoid labour dispute in community social services sector

March 16, 2011
Members of the community social services bargaining committee will be returning to the bargaining table next week, in a last ditch effort to avoid a labour dispute and reach new collective agreements for the sector. Bargaining will resume on Monday, March 21.  Key demands remain job security for our members and to guarantee continuity of care for the clients they work with. Better language in the contracts covering fair work practices and safe and healthy work places is also needed.

HSA elections in progress

March 11, 2011
ELECTION OF REGIONAL DIRECTORSElections for Directors in Regions 5, 7 and 9 are currently underway.  Voting packages, including information about candidates, have been mailed to members in these three Regions. Candidate statements have also been posted in the -HSA Elections 2011" section of the unions website.  Members who are planning to vote in Regions 5, 7 and 9 are reminded that your ballots must reach the HSA office by 5:00 pm on Friday, March 18 in order to be counted.

Post-earthquake Haiti: hear an update from Partners in Health

March 11, 2011
Two upcoming events in Vancouver: Public Health and Social Justice:  Partners in Health reports on post-earthquake Haiti Date:  Wednesday March 23, 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm Location: UBC: Room 200, Hennings Bldg, 6224 Agricultural Road, (across the Main Mall from the Student Union Building)

HSA celebrates Community Social Services Month

March 8, 2011
To celebrate Community Social Services Month in BC, unions representing workers in the community social services sector have developed a poster, leaflet, and website. These materials highlight the importance of the wide spectrum of crucial services provided by our members ... services for women, youths at risk, infants and children, as well as advocacy, rehabilitation, support and counselling services for the community. The website can be viewed at

UPDATED: Unions lead the fight for womens equality

March 4, 2011
March 8 marks the 100th Anniversary of International Womens Day. Just a generation ago, when our mothers entered the workforce, job postings still listed higher wages for men ... -mens rates" ... alongside lower -womens rates," for people working side by side, doing exactly the same job. While women have fought for and achieved many significant gains, the wage gap between women and men today remains staggering: almost 30 per cent. Women working full-time still only make 70 cents for every dollar men are paid.