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Workshop Reminder

October 21, 2008
There is still room available in the two-day OH&S Steward Training workshop on December 1 & 2, 2008.  Please register as soon as possible if you are interested in attending this workshop. OH&S Steward Training:December 1 and 2, 2008 Eligible stewards should print a pre-registration form off the HSA websiteat www.hsabc.rog (go to Member Services, then Education) and return it to the HSA Office (Attention:  Karin Herbert) as soon as possible.  HSA will call you to confirm your registration.

Who's Minding the Store?

October 17, 2008
BC Health Coalition NOVEMBER 5, 2008 - FREE PUBLIC EVENT: Who's Minding the Store?The privatization of long-term care and what it means for care quality Wednesday Nov. 5th - 7-9 pmUnitarian Church - 949 W. 49th Avenue, Vancouver With speakers:

Celebrating child care workers and early childhood educators

October 17, 2008
Oct. 22 marks the seventh annual day of appreciation for child care workers and early childhood educators Ottawa (17 Oct. 2008) ... The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is joining with Canadians across the country in acknowledging the contributions made by child care workers and early childhood educators in the development of children, families and communities.

Community Social Service Workers Appreciation Day November 6

October 8, 2008
The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) will observe Nov. 6 as the first annual Community Social Service Workers Appreciation Day in Canada. The union is urging everyone to mark the occasion by taking time to appreciate the contribution these workers make to strengthen communities across the country.

HSA steward elections

October 8, 2008
Elections will be held during the next 2 months to select members to fill the following HSA positions for the coming year: 1. Chief Steward2. Assistant Chief Steward3. General Stewards4. Occupational Health & Safety Stewards and5. Labour Council Delegates (for chapters that are affiliated to their local labour council) Stewards play an essential role within HSA and the workplace.  All members are encouraged to vote in these elections, and to consider running for these positions. 

HSA members urged to vote in October 14 federal election

October 8, 2008
On October 14, 2008 Canadians will head to the polls to elect a new federal government.  The Members of Parliament we elect can have a huge impact on the health care and community social services that HSA members provide.  HSA urges members to examine the positions of the parties on these issues, and to vote for candidates who will support public health care and community social services. General voting day: Tuesday, October 14 Voting times:

Study blames surgery wait lists on private clinics; Precious staff taken from public system, report says

October 7, 2008
The Province By Ian Austin A year-long study of the effect of private clinics on the Canadian public health-care system has concluded that wait times are longest in areas where private clinics take personnel from the public system. "We found evidence of wait times that are highest in areas with the most privatization, as resources -- financial and human -- are taken out of the public-health system," writes Natalie Mehra in the study entitled, "Eroding Public Medicare: Lessons and Consequences of For-Profit Health Care Across Canada."

BCAA push for private insurance undermines medicare

October 3, 2008
BC Health Coalition calls on British Columbians to reject BCAA queue jumping insurance and demand government action to enforce health care legislation. The BC Health Coalition is deeply disturbed by BCAAs recent announcement to begin offering insurance that will allow its members to jump the health care queue and obtain services at for-profit clinics.

HSA Political Action Fund available to support members in October 29 provincial by-elections

October 2, 2008
HSA members who are running for office or working on campaigns in the provincial by-elections in Vancouver-Burrard and Vancouver-Fairview can apply to HSA for the following financial support from HSAs Political Action Fund: 1. Members who are candidates can apply for up to 20 days of wage replacement and/or up to $200 to cover approved personal expenses incurred to run for office.