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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

Nurses overwhelmingly ratify provincial contract extension

April 9, 2009
Members of the Nurses' Bargaining Association, including registered psychiatric nurses who are members of the Health Sciences Association, have overwhelmingly ratified an extension of the provincial collective agreement.   The overall margin was 96 per cent in favour. The retention and recruitment agreement provides labour market adjustments of three per cent on April 1, 2010 and April 1, 2011. These market adjustments were proposed to help retain nurses by keeping compensation competitive.

Rally to support hospital housekeepers

April 7, 2009
HSA President Reid Johnson will join with BC Federation of Labour President Jim Sinclair and HEU members in a rally and march to support hospital housekeepers currently in contract discussions with their employers Aramark, Sodexo and Compass. HSA members are invited to demonstrate their support at the rally and march as follows:

Health Coalition demands Campbell government investigate latest allegations of illegal billing

April 6, 2009
The BC Health Coalition is urging the provincial government to investigate recent charges by a Kelowna surgeon that private surgical companies are illegally billing patients for publicly insured cataract surgeries across the province.

Join the Grand March for Housing this weekend

April 1, 2009
HSA is one of several unions, community organizations, churches and others endorsing this weekend's Grand March For Housing organized by the Citywide Housing Coalition. March participants will send a message to candidates in the upcoming provincial election that ending homelessness is a key to developing healthy communities. Join the march this Saturday, April 4 at one of these starting points at 12 noon:

Members lead the way to political participation

April 1, 2009
The Report: April 2009 vol.30 num.1  by REID JOHNSON