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Saving public health care

September 5, 2008
The BC Health Coalition, Council of Canadians and Parksville Qualicum KAIROS is hosting two public forums on saving public health care. The events feature best-selling author and activist Holly Dressel, who recently published Who Killed the Queen? The Story of a Community Hospital and How to Fix Health Care. The book investigates the sustainability of Canadian health care and what it offers compared to other countries' health care systems.

Region 3 and 7 meeting set for Oct. 15

September 2, 2008
Region 3 & 7 meeting set for October 15HSA regional meetingWednesday, October 15, 20088:30 a.m. ...4:00 p.m.Coast Cascades-Mackie Room"20393 Fraser HighwayLangley, BC

Region 10 meeting set for October 9

August 28, 2008
HSA regional meetingThursday, October 9, 20088:30 a.m. ... 4:00 p.m.Coast Inn of the North-Summit Room"770 Brunswick StreetPrince George, BC

HSA Labour Day Family Picnic

August 27, 2008
Join HSA colleagues for a fun and relaxing family day Monday, Sept. 1 from 12 noon to 4 p.m. at the annual Labour Day Picnic at Confederation Park in Burnaby The day will include live music provided by the BC Federation of Labour and BC Union Label Trades Council, clowns and magicians, a playground and lacrosse box. Burnaby Central Railway authentic miniature trains will be running at the north end of the park.

Weekend school offered in Kamloops Oct. 25

August 27, 2008
The Canadian Labour Congress offers a series of courses for union members, with a focus on leadership, problem-solving, public speaking, retirement, and steward skills. A day-long course has been scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 25 in Kamloops. The following courses are offered: Retire in Style: Thinking of retiring but need to know more about the pension system? Plan your retirement in style with this course.

Remember the origin of Labour Day

August 27, 2008
Today we take paid holidays, safe work places, medical care, unemployment insurance, fair hours, union wages and 'the weekend' for granted. But how many of these advances would have happened if it were not for the long-forgotten heroes who fought so hard to make unions, and Labour Day, a reality in the first place? Continue reading this message from NUPGE

Labour Day Rally planned

August 27, 2008
Help the BC Federation of Labour mark Labour Day and send Premier Gordon Campbell a message. Download information here.

Fall meetings set for Regions 1 and 2

August 25, 2008
HSA Regional MeetingMonday, October 68:30 a.m. ... 4:00 p.m.Tigh-Na-Mara Resort, Parksville

Pension seminars for all Plan members

August 21, 2008
The Municipal Pension Plan continues to offer pension seminars to plan members.  Plan members have a choice of two seminars: Your Pension, Your Future is aimed towards new and mid-career plan members.  In this seminar, the emphasis is on the value of plan membership, explaining pension benefits and helping members understand how decisions they make today can impact their future pension income.  Members will learn how to read their Member's Benefit Statement and find out ways to make the most of their future pension.

Next Up: A leadership program for young people

August 20, 2008
Are you a 19- to 30-year-old who wonders what the future holds for the world? Are you concerned about things like climate change, poverty, public health and education, housing and trade policy? Do you believe that global and local issues are connected? Do you feel that our economic system is focused on profit at the expense of people and the planet? Do you believe that it is possible for us, as communities, to do things differently at home and abroad, to eradicate poverty, to deal with conflict peacefully, for everyone to have access to good public health and education services?