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Please see the attached poster for information on a rally organized by the B.C. Federation Of Labours Womens Rights Committee and the Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada to oppose motion M-312. This motion, put forward by Conservative MP Stephen Woodworth, is up for a second hour of debate Friday, September 21st at 1:30 pm and a vote on Wednesday, September...

Bargaining for a new Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association collective agreement resumed this week against the backdrop of a pessimistic pronouncement by BCs Minister of Finance, Hon. Mike de Jong, about the state of the provinces finances. Once again, a finance minister is revising predictions that called for a rosy future and sombrely telling British Columbians that the deficit is...

Join us at the Vancouver Art Gallery at noon on September 13 for a public rally. All HSA members are encouraged to attend, and to bring friends and family for a strong show of support for the bargaining issues and services that community social services workers provide. A poster and leaflet are available for download. - Download poster - Download...

Strike vote meetings for all unionized workers in the sector continue this week. In addition, some HSA members covered by the Community Health Services and Support contract will be voting by mail-in ballot. HSA President Reid Johnson urged members to vote YES to back fair and reasonable demands. -Community health services and support members deserve a fair wage increase and...

Negotiators for the Nurses Bargaining Association (BC Nurses Union, Health Sciences Association, Union of Psychiatric Nurses) have been working hard to achieve a new provincial contract that addresses members top priorities - improving patient care and patient safety through safe staffing and job security. The current bargaining session, which began on August 17, was scheduled to end August 31. Instead...

On Wednesday, September 5, the BC Government and Service Employees Union (BCGEU), Professional Employees Association (PEA) and Canadian Office & Professional Employees Union (COPE) local 378 will go on a one-day strike. Approximately 27,000 workers will strike to back their bargaining demands for a fair and reasonable contract. This will affect government offices, ICBC, and various public service sites in...

The Report: September 2012 vol.33 num.3 BY LAURA BUSHEIKIN Clinical exercise specialist Monika Tsia is used to seeing a blank look in peoples eyes when she tells them what she does. Although most people are well aware that physical exercise is one of the most important things we can do to get healthy and stay healthy, not many people know...

The Report: September 2012 vol.33 num.3 Bill 14 is being heralded for making BC a leader on workplace mental health and stress. But in practice it will make life harder for employees facing mental stress. Before the BC Liberals -deconstructed" workers compensation in 2002, it was possible to be compensated for workplace bullying and harassment, as well as any other...

The Report: September 2012 vol.33 num.3 Like those of you who attend a lot of meetings, I notice that some of them arent that productive. But thats not how I feel about the regional meetings we hold annually. With more than 16,000 members working in over 75 professions at 250 facilities in communities all over the province, I look forward...

In an effort to kick-start contract talks for health science professionals, this week the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association tabled a comprehensive list of proposals ... with the exception of a wage proposal. -We made a valiant effort to move things along this week," said HSBBA chief negotiator Jeanne Meyers. -We tabled a comprehensive package of proposals for changes to...