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Community service workers to strike Victoria sites Tuesday

October 30, 2012
Times Colonist (Victoria) Community service workers move their rotating strike action to Victoria Tuesday, with pickets slated to go up across the city. People who help adults with developmental disabilities, new immigrants and other vulnerable individuals will walk off the job to press their demands for higher wages and better working conditions. Community Living Victoria is expected to be behind picket lines set up by the Hospital Employees' Union at 3861 Cedar Hill Cross Road.

Health science professionals table wage increase proposal

October 30, 2012
After more than six months of talks, the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association (HSBPA) today tabled a wage proposal in contract discussions with the Health Employers Association of BC (HEABC). The proposal is for 2% wage increases effective April 1, 2012 and April 1, 2013.

Clinical Pharmacists TV ad: Share and spread the word!

October 29, 2012
Hospital pharmacists are chronically understaffed. Theyre overextended in caring for patients who are increasingly acutely ill when they arrive at hospital. Clinical pharmacists ... along with other health science professionals -- are concerned that a chronic recruitment and retention crisis is eroding clinical care in BC. Clinical pharmacists have been speaking up to government representatives and reaching out to supporters about their important role in quality health care:

Community Social Services strike actions continue in Victoria on Tuesday, October 30

October 29, 2012
Stop ignoring critical resource needs in underfunded sector, workers tell government Rotating job actions are again underway this week in targeted community-based social services agencies, where workers are calling on government to provide the resources needed to improve their wages and working conditions. Noon-hour protest

Sick of the flu shot; Some health care workers in the Peace Region against mandatory vaccination

October 26, 2012
Alaska Highway News As flu season begins, the recent decision to require health care workers to either take the vaccine or wear a mask is being challenged by the Health Sciences Association (HSA). The unpopular measure has divided medical professionals in the Peace Region. "We're being asked to put something in our body (and) we have no idea where it's coming from," said one local health care worker, and member of the HSA.

Health union fighting needle-or-mask flu edict

October 25, 2012
Surrey North Delta Leader Byline: Jeff Nagel  Health care workers say a government order that they get the flu shot or else wear a mask this flu season amounts to a violation of their personal privacy. The Health Sciences Association of B.C. has filed a grievance on behalf of its members, who include various lab and imaging technologists, pharmacists and therapists.

Last Call for HSA Election Campaign School

October 25, 2012
HSA is holding a 2-day, non-partisan election campaign school for members interested in working on election campaigns or running for political office.  The school will focus on opportunities for HSA members to be involved in the May 2013 provincial election, but will also touch on municipal and federal elections.  If you want to help elect representatives who will support public health care and community social services, or are considering running for elected office, then this campaign school is for you!

2013 Canadian Labour Congress Winter School

October 24, 2012
One of Canadas best labour schools, held at Harrison Hot Springs, in January and February 2013 The CLC Winter School offers a wide variety of week-long, quality labour oriented courses. To support HSAs ability to represent HSA members effectively and to help build a stronger union, members and/or stewards can apply to take courses chosen to meet these objectives. HSA offers a number of scholarships which cover full reimbursement for wages, travel, registration, accommodation (twin), meals and dependant care. In addition, HSA provides one Ann Hallman Scholarship.

Labour College of Canada - 2013 Intensive Program - A College for Workers - A Legacy of Leadership

October 24, 2012
A College for Workers - A Legacy of Leadership2013 Intensive Program Dates:First Session:  May 4-18, 2013Second Session:  August 11-23, 2013 Application Deadline:  November 5, 2012 For more information, please click here.

Union cites possible 'philosophical or religious objections' as B.C. nurses balk at forced flu vaccinations

October 23, 2012
National Post Despite accusations that they are "killers of the sick and elderly," a growing number of B.C. health-care workers are resisting a mandatory flu shot, arguing that it is an issue of personal choice. And now, a union representing thousands of health-care workers in the province, is telling them they have a right to opt out, even if that potentially works against public health efforts to stop the spread of the disease.