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Rally June 23: International Trade Union Confederation on World Public Services Day

June 10, 2010
Trade Unionists from all over the world are gathering in Vancouver to attend the congress of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC). The CLC and the ITUC invite all trade Unionists and supporters to a Rally on World Public Services Day and on the eve of G20. Theme:  Now the People: from the crisis to global justiceDate:     Wednesday, 23 JuneTime:     12:30 ... 1:15Place:     Vancouver Convention Centre, West Building Terrace 1055 Canada Place

Community social services: employer opens with ‘zero mandate

June 4, 2010
On Tuesday, the union bargaining committee for community social services workers met with the employers group to discuss proposals tabled in May. The Community Social Services Employers Association (CSSEA) tabled a concessionary package offering no monetary gains. Josef Rieder represents HSA at the bargaining table, with HSA bargaining team chair Lynn Kelsey. -CSSEA says the Liberal government is forcing them to stick to a ‘zero mandate, and is not able to offer any gains for our members," Rieder said.

On to Ottawa Trek: 75th anniversary highlights labour victories, goal to end homelessness

June 1, 2010
This June marks the 75th anniversary of the On to Ottawa Trek, when 1,000 young unemployed men climbed atop railway boxcars to take their plea for work and wages to the federal government. In 1935, unemployed workers were being forced into relief camps, and made to perform labour under military-style discipline -- for 20 cents a day. When workers finally organized a walkout to protest conditions, then-Vancouver mayor Gerry McGreer directed city police to beat the protestors. Two months later, the young protestors decided to take their message to Ottawa.

You play a big role in telling our story

June 1, 2010
The Report: June 2010 vol.31 num.3 FOR THE PAST SEVERAL YEARS, we have been working as a union to raise the profile of health science professionals. We've used many tools: advertising campaigns, sponsorship of community events like Run for the Cure, our constituency liaison program, our excellent relationships with professional associations.

No child left behind

June 1, 2010
The Report: June 2010 vol.31 num.3 AS ANYONE WHO HAS OBSERVED a group child care situation knows, there are always children who dont fit in. Kids who sit alone in a corner, kids who disrupt the group, kids the others avoid or pick on, kids the supervisor doesnt know how to handle, and kids who end up getting pulled from the program, leaving their parents, and themselves, in the lurch. HSA member Christine Ambrose is there to help these children.

HSA to watch hospital funding changes closely

June 1, 2010
The Report: June 2010 vol.31 num.3 PATIENTS MUST ALWAYS BE TOP PRIORITY FOR INNOVATIONS IN HEALTH CARE HEALTH MINISTER KEVIN FALCON has announced pilot programs for shifting hospitals to funding based on the number of patients they treat. HSA President Reid Johnson says he welcomes innovative changes in the delivery of health care, but will be watching as the patient-focused funding initiative unfolds. -Theres no question our health care system needs to be innovative and responsive," Johnson said.

Modernizing the classification system

June 1, 2010
The Report: June 2010 vol.31 num.3 BY DAVID FAIREY, KATHY McLENNAN AND JEANNE MEYERS HSPBAS CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM WAS FIRST DESIGNED SOME 40 YEARS AGO. TODAY, MANY EMPLOYEES AND EMPLOYERS HAVE DIFFICULTY WITH A SYSTEM DESIGNED FOR A SMALLER AND LESS COMPLEX BARGAINING UNIT. DELEGATES TO THE NOVEMBER BARGAINING PROPOSAL CONFERENCE DIRECTED HSA TO MODERNIZE THE CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM IN CURRENT CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS. THAT WORK HAS NOW BEGUN.

STRONG. MODERN. CARING.

June 1, 2010
The Report: June 2010 vol.31 num.3 WITH A TOUGH ROUND OF BARGAINING ONLY JUST BEGUN, and in the face of short-sighted provincial cuts, delegates gathered at the Hotel Vancouver to grapple with the issues underlying this years theme: a strong union, its members an essential part of the changing and modern health care system, standing up for the patients they care for every day. PLENARY - THURSDAY, APRIL 15

Panel discussion on economic justice for women June 2 in Vancouver

May 31, 2010
The Vancouver and District Labour Council women's committee presents a panel discussion on economic justice for women Wednesday June 2. The panel will feature Adrienne Montani from First Call and the Living Wage Campaign, Jocelyn Vergabera from the Phillipine Women's Centre, and a representative from UNITE HERE Local 40. The panel will be held as follows: Wednesday, June 27 - 9 p.m.Boardroom 1Maritime Labour Centre111 Victoria Drive, Vancouver

Hotel workers to rally at Hyatt June 9 for safe jobs

May 31, 2010
Hotel Workers Rising is a movement of hotel workers across North America rising up to improve their jobs and secure better lives for themselves and their families. This year, 2000 hotel workers in the Vancouver Metro area are negotiating new union contracts in tandem with 60,000 hotel workers across the continent. Rally at the Hyatt RegencyWednesday, June 95 p.m.655 Burrard Street