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Canada needs tax fairness not the HST

October 22, 2009
By James ClancyNational Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) Ottawa - We're long overdue for serious tax reform in this country. Most Canadians agree on this. But the new unfair Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) in Ontario and BC is not what most of us had in mind. Earlier this year the Harper government reached agreements with Ontario and BC to merge the provincial sales tax (PST) and federal goods and services tax (GST) into a single harmonized tax (HST). The new HST is an unfair tax for two key reasons.

Retraining Fund available for HSA members in Health Services and Support (Community Subsector) Agreement

October 22, 2009
(This information applies to HSA members of the Health Services and Support / Community Subsector.) In September, HSA mailed to every member in the Health Services and Support (Community Subsector) information about the Community Retraining Fund available to unionized workers in the Health Services and Support Community subsector.  The package includes: a) an overview,b) answers to frequently asked questions, andc) application forms.

Compass food workers locked out: Please don't use Fraser Health Authority food services

October 22, 2009
Please be advised that Compass has now locked out union members working at retail food service locations in the Fraser Health Authority. While picket locations do not impede other union members from going to work, the B.C. Federation of Labour and the United Steelworkers Local 2009 are asking union members to not use any of these food services while management tries to operate these sites.

OHSAH Workshop Schedule Fall 2009

October 21, 2009
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H1N1 Vaccination set to begin

October 21, 2009
The H1N1 vaccine has just been approved for use across Canada and the vaccination program for BC will begin shortly. This approval is based upon positive results of clinical trials of the vaccine in Europe.   As with any seasonal flu vaccination campaign HSA encourages members to participate.  Vaccination is an integral part of the prevention against serious health risk.   Health care workers will be among the first to be offered the vaccine in BC along with: 

Critics rail on autism cutback at rally

October 19, 2009
Penticton Herald By Don Plant The B.C. Liberals are more interested in building monuments to themselves than helping the people, a rally for autistic children heard in Kelowna on Sunday. NDP MLA Harry Lali (Fraser-Nicola) blasted the governing Liberals for placing profits for big corporations above the needs of disabled kids and homeless people. "Gordon Campbell would rather spend $250 million of tax dollars to build a retractable sun roof on B.C. Place in Vancouver than put a roof over all the homeless in B.C.," he said at Kerry Park.

Additional steward workshop scheduled

October 15, 2009
Due to increased demand for steward training, HSA is offering the following workshop: Steward Training Level 1 (3-day workshop):â–º November 30, December 1 & 2, 2009 Also, there is still room in the following OH&S Steward Training Level 1 workshops: â–º November 2 & 3, 2009â–º November 23 & 24, 2009 Please apply ASAP as workshops have been filling up quickly. Pre-registration forms are available from the HSA website at www.hsabc.org.

HSA receive Team Challenge Award

October 13, 2009
Golden Star HSA's Run for the Cure team in Golden was the proud recipient of this year's team challenge award in that community's Run for the Cure.

Families rally in Kelowna to save services for children

October 13, 2009
HSA President Reid Johnson will join concerned families at a rally to save services for children in Kelowna Sunday, Oct. 18. Date: Sunday, October 18Time: 11 a.m.Place: Kerry Park (The Sails) Downtown Kelowna For information about how to get involved, contact bcautism@gmail.com