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Overcrowding puts lives at risk

May 21, 2011
The Okanagan Saturday Hospital overcrowding has potentially fatal consequences. It's not just a matter of discomfort and indignity.  Health professionals are raising the alarm because we need to care for all patients thoroughly and quickly. But when a hospital is regularly forced to admit up to 29 percent more patients than capacity - 44 more than the 148 beds at Vernon Jubilee - lives are at stake. Surgeries are cancelled. The people of Vernon deserve better.

Overcrowding in our hospitals

May 20, 2011
Penticton Herald Dear Editor: Overcrowding at a hospital has potentially fatal consequences. It's not just a matter of discomfort and indignity. Health professionals are raising the alarm because we need to care for all patients thoroughly and quickly. But when a hospital is regularly forced to admit up to 29 per cent more patients than capacity - 44 more than the 148 beds at Vernon Jubilee - lives are at stake. Surgeries are cancelled. The people of Vernon deserve better.

HSA offers scholarships for Summer Institute for Union Women

May 18, 2011
-Putting Women in Their Place ... in our Unions, in Politics and in our Communities" July 13 ... 17, 2011 - University of Victoria

Members sought to support HSA members in new enhanced disability management program

May 18, 2011
As of April 1, 2011, new language came into effect in the HSPBA and NBA collective agreements with respect to an Enhanced Disability Management Program (EDMP) designed to facilitate an employee-centred, pro-active, appropriate and customized disability management program for employees with occupational and non-occupational illness/injury. As a workplace based program, successful implementation of the EDMP requires designated union representatives who will play an active role in ensuring members realize the greatest benefit from this groundbreaking program.

BC Community Living Action Group marks 7th anniversary of Christy Clarks move to create CLBC, as unfulfilled promises leave vulnerable families, adults waiting

May 17, 2011
For immediate release Seven years ago, BC's Deputy Premier and Minister for Children & Families, Christy Clark, introduced legislation to establish Community Living BC, promising that the new authority would change the lives of people with developmental disabilities and their families for the better.

HSA Board of Directors re-elects vice president, elects new secretary-treasurer

May 4, 2011
Val Avery -- a physiotherapist at Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria -- has been re-elected by the HSA board of directors to serve as the unions vice-president. Avery is the unions regional director for Region 2. The vice-president assumes the duties of the president at the presidents request or in the presidents absence and chairs the unions resolutions committee. This is her second term as vice-president.

HSA members urged to vote in May 2nd federal election

April 28, 2011
On May 2nd, HSA members will help elect a new federal government. Members are encouraged to vote for candidates who support public services, and the people who deliver them. Election Day: Monday May 2Voting times: 7:00 am ... 7:00 pm (Pacific Time)7:30 am ... 7:30 pm (Mountain Time) Advance VotingYou may also vote on one of the following Advance Voting Days:

Putting -families first" includes restoring disability supports, report says; community living partners present solutions to a growing crisis for adults with developmental disabilities

April 27, 2011
Vancouver ... A -families first" agenda for British Columbia should include listening to families who are struggling to support adults with developmental disabilities, says the BC Community Living Action Group (BC-CLAG).

HSA seeks Region 8 representative on unions board of directors

April 27, 2011
HSA is calling for nominations for the position of Regional Director for Region 8, following the resignation of Joan Magee. Magee has served on the unions board of directors since 2004. The new Regional Director will serve the remainder of the two-year term, which ends at the conclusion of HSAs 2012 annual convention.

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Building a Fair Tax System

April 27, 2011
The Vancouver & District Labour Council presents: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Building a Fair Tax System Date:      Friday, May 27 7-9 p.m.              Saturday, May 28 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Location: Auditorium, Maritime Labour Centre             1880 Triumph Street, Vancouver  Cost:       $75 for union sponsored delegates              $50 for individuals              $35 for low wage/student To register, contact Rachel at the Vancouver and District Labour Council. 604-254-0703