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November 6: National Unions community social services appreciation day

November 1, 2011
Community Social Service workers are essential to building strong communities and making life better for families and individuals. Yet workers in this sector are often as invisible as the members of the society they support. The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) has made a commitment to raise the profile of community social service workers.

HSA community health members set priorities for 2012 bargaining

October 28, 2011
HSA delegates put wages and benefits at the top of their priority list at the unions bargaining proposal conference for members who work in the community health sector.

HSA encourages members to get flu shot

October 25, 2011
Union encourages flu shotsHSA encourages health professionals to get immunized against seasonal influenza.   Keep your immunization record current and your employee health file up to date by receiving a flu shot at an employer-run clinic. Together with hand washing and safe coughing protocols (e.g., coughing into sleeve), follow regular safety protocols to avoid seasonal flu.

Support a Robin Hood Tax: Rally October 29

October 25, 2011
Rallies, sit-ins, and occupations will be held in cities across the United States and Canada this Saturday in support of fair taxes. In Vancouver, members of the labour movement will show our support by joining Occupy Vancouver events at 12:00 noon at the Vancouver Art Gallery with a march at 1:00 p.m. 

Community social service workers approve new contracts

October 17, 2011
British Columbia's frontline community-based social service workers have approved their new collective agreements. The vote was 88% in favour for General Services and 79% in favour for Community Living Services.

Join the BC Federation of Labour's show of solidarity for Occupy Wall Street

October 12, 2011
The B.C. Federation of Labour will gather at the Vancouver Art Gallery at 12:00 noon on Saturday, October 15, 2011 in solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street Movements Call for good jobs, fair taxes and strong public services.  HSA members are encouraged to support the BC Federation of Labour's show of solidarity. More information: BC Fed News Release www.occupyvancouver.com

You are invited to Health Care Drinks

October 12, 2011
Health Care Drinks is a fun and fabulous networking opportunity for those who want to connect with others to help protect and improve our amazing Canadian health care system - as a professional health worker, an advocate or as a user! Whatever your reason for coming - to meet doctors and nurses and lab techs and pharmacists and others in the sector, or to get inspired in your activism to protect Medicare - we invite you to come.

Health science professionals bargaining survey launches: We want to hear what you think

October 12, 2011
HSA has contracted with Viewpoints Research to conduct a survey of HSA members covered by the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association collective agreement about issues related to upcoming contract negotiations. Your feedback is important and valuable to your bargaining committee. If you are contacted by Viewpoints Research in the coming weeks, you are encouraged to participate in the telephone survey, which will take approximately 20 minutes to complete.

Information meetings begin this week on FHA consolidated seniority lists; HSA members encouraged to attend

October 11, 2011
In the last round of HSPBA collective bargaining, the HSPBA and HEABC agreed to a memorandum to allow consolidation of seniority lists across all health authorities.  

HSA steward elections

October 6, 2011
Elections will be held during the next 8 weeks to select members to fill the following HSA positions for the coming year: 1. Chief Steward2. Assistant Chief Steward3. General Stewards4. Occupational Health & Safety Stewards and5. Labour Council Delegates (for chapters that are, or wish to become, affiliated to their local labour council).