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Advance voting in the provincial election

May 1, 2009
HSA members are urged to vote in the provincial election.  The outcome of this election will have a profound effect on the health care and community services our members provide, as well as other public services that our families, friends and communities rely on. Eligible voters may vote on the general voting day, May 12, or may vote on any of the following advance voting days:

Updated flu alert - Health care workers advised to wear properly fitted N-95 respirators

April 30, 2009
Health care workers providing direct care ... in the same room or in close contact ... to SRI patients are advised to wear properly fit-tested N-95 respirators

Supervisors in the Union

April 29, 2009
HSA is offering two one-day workshops this Summer: Dates:Friday, June 12 (Vancouver - HSA office)Thursday, June 18 (Victoria ... Hotel Grand Pacific) HSA members who work in a supervisory role will have the opportunity to attend a one-day workshop in either Vancouver at the HSA office or Victoria at the Hotel Grand Pacific.

Vote Public Health Care May 12, 2009!

April 29, 2009
On Tuesday May 12, 2009 citizens of British Columbia will head to the polls and vote for their representative in the legislature. The BC Health Coalition urges everyone to ask your candidate where they stand on the key public health care issues in your community - and to vote for the candidate who supports public health care and public innovation to address our health care challenges.

NUPGE calls for special prosecutors to protect workers

April 28, 2009
The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is calling on the Canadian government to appoint special prosecutors to step up enforcement of laws to protect workers on the job. In conjunction with observances marking the 25th National Day of Mourning for workers killed and injured on the job in Canada, NUPGE president James Clancy has written to Rob Nicholson, the country's justice minister and attorney general, calling for new measures to improve safety for workers.

Workplace deaths and injuries continue to plague BC workers and families

April 28, 2009
April 28th, 2009 marks the 25th Anniversary of the Day of Mourning. Held in 100 countries around the world, it is a day to reflect on the terrible toll of workers killed and injured on the job. Last year, 160 workers in BC were killed or died as the result of an occupational disease. Since 2002, workplace fatalities and serious injuries have continued to increase.

Alert: severe respiratory illness spreading globally

April 27, 2009
The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) and the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU/NUPGE) are urging health care workers and members and the public to take note of an announcement by Ontario's chief medical officer concerning an outbreak of severe respiratory illness (SRI) that began in Mexico and is spreading globally. For more information, follow this link.

Members urged to support petition calling for restoration of legal aid services

April 25, 2009
Delegates to HSA's 38th annual convention April 24 and 25 called on the union to take action on publicizing the impact of cuts to legal aid services. A concrete step members can take is to sign the WestCoast LEAF and Pivot Legal Society petition calling for the restoration of legal aid in the province.

Reid Johnson re-elected HSA president at 38th annual convention

April 25, 2009
More than 250 delegates to the 38th annual convention of the Health Sciences Association of BC have acclaimed Reid Johnson to lead the union as its president for another two-year term. Johnson was first elected president 2007. Johnson, who holds a Masters of Social Work and worked at the Centre of Ability before his election in 2007, urged members to get active in their union and communities to make a difference.

NDP Leader Carole James to speak at Health Sciences Associations 38th annual convention

April 23, 2009
The Health Sciences Association of BC (HSA) will kick off its 38th annual convention Friday, April 24, 2009 at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, 900 West Georgia Street. A Vision for Change is the theme of this years convention, as delegates consider a number of resolutions to set priorities for the unions future. Carole James, Leader of the Opposition, will be the keynote speaker on Friday. Highlights of the convention include: Friday, April 24