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Training funds available for HSA members in the community health sector

November 9, 2011
If you are an HSA member who was laid off after January 28, 2002 due to re-tendering, contracting out, or bumping from a heaath care job in the community subsector, -or- If you are a current employee in a community subsector job and are interested in skills development, you may be eligible for reimbursement of training costs. The retraining funds are available as a result of a settlement between health unions, health employers and the BC government related to a June, 2007 Supreme Court of Canada ruling on Bill 29.

CAMRT contest: Vote for your favourite videos & photos during Medical Radiation Technology Week!

November 9, 2011
Have you seen this amazing video by Vancouver General Hospital CT techs Michael Banting and Allen Miller? Its a finalist in the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologys Very Image of Care contest. The video features CT techs, MRI techs, X-ray techs, nuclear medicine techs, and radiation therapists at Vancouver General Hospital and BC Cancer Agency (Vancouver Cancer Centre).

Occupy YouTube with your message about economic unfairness

November 8, 2011
The Canadian Labour Congress is giving away some great prizes to whoever comes up with the best ad about the basic unfairness that sees the tax burden shifted away from profitable corporations and onto ordinary working people as their governments cut services, eliminate programs and hike user fees to balance the books. Clever, creative, ironic or with a sense of humour... whatever it takes. The best ad will be one that effectively shows why working Canadians should come together and demand a better deal.

HSA bargaining proposal meetings soon underway to prepare for 2012 community social services contract talks

November 8, 2011
With the Community Social Services Bargaining Association contract set to expire March 31, 2012, work is already underway to prepare HSAs priorities to the joint bargaining association. HSA stewards will be calling chapter meetings to be held by November 25, 2011 to discuss bargaining proposals.  All HSA members covered by the Community Social Services Bargaining Association collective agreement are urged to attend the chapter meeting. Your negotiating team needs to hear from you.

Questions and answers about Lower Mainland Biomedical Engineering consolidation

November 8, 2011
Q: What is the Lower Mainland Biomedical Engineering (LM BME) consolidation project?

2012 Canadian Labour Congress Winter School

November 2, 2011
One of Canadas best labour schools, held at Harrison Hot Springs, in January and February 2012 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.

Join Partners in the Horn of Africa at Hope for Children fundraiser

November 1, 2011
Partners in the Horn of Africa is holding a fundraiser for -Hope for Children," Ethiopias leading charity improving the lives of women and children affected by HIV/AIDS.  Date:    Thursday, November 17, 2011 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Place:    Vancouver Rowing Club, 450 Stanley Park Drive Tickets:   $40.00 Guest Speaker: Yewoinshet Masresha  (6:30 p.m.)Founder and Executive Director, Hope for Children, Ethiopia.  One of Africas most prominent feminists and an inspirational speaker.

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.