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B.C. auditor wants home and community care improvements

November 4, 2008
Reducing the need for higher intensity and for more costly services Vancouver (4 Nov. 2008) - The latest report by B.C. Auditor General John Doyle provides a list of recommendations to improve planning for home and community care programs. "Ministry of Health Services is not adequately fulfilling its stewardship role in helping to ensure that the home and community care system has the capacity to meet the needs of the population," the report says.

Unions win bonus for community social service workers

November 3, 2008
Community social services workers will receive a new bonus early next year thanks to the efforts of the Community Social Services Bargaining Association of Unions (CSSBA). The bonus is expected to equal about 1 per cent of each employees earnings in 2008. It will be based on reported income on the T4 incometax form, issued by employers by the end of February, 2009. All employees of Community Social Services Employers Association (CSSEA)agencies who earned income in 2008 will receive a bonus.

Public Health Care Double Header

October 31, 2008
Two FREE Public Events Next Week: On Wednesday Nov. 5th: Who's Minding the Store?The privatization of long-term care and what it means for care quality 7:00PMUnitarian Church - 949 W. 49th Avenue, Vancouver With speakers: Charlene Harrington, professor and researcherDr. Margaret McGregor, family physician and health services researcherLyne England, advocacy activist from Victoria

NUPGE hosts international labour rights symposium

October 30, 2008
More than 150 Canadian and international guests will meet Nov. 19-21 in Ottawa to discuss how labour rights are a critical component of human rights, helping to protect and promote democracy as well as the social and economic wellbeing of citizens.

Unions donate to Canadian Museum for Human Rights

October 28, 2008
The Canadian Museum for Human Rights received a big boost to its fundraising campaign this week with a $170,000 donation on behalf of the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) and four of its Component unions. The donation was announced at the 60th convention of the Manitoba Government and General Employees Union (MGEU/NUPGE) which was held October 24-25 in Winnipeg.

This Municipal Election... Elect a Public Health Care Defender!

October 27, 2008
Municipal elections will be held across the province on November 15. The BC Health Coalition is calling on all municipal candidates to declare themselves public health care defenders!

Take time to vote in provincial by-elections October 29

October 27, 2008
Generalvoting will be held on Wednesday, October 29 in 2 by-elections in theprovincial constituencies of Vancouver-Fairview and Vancouver-Burrard.  Polls are open that day from 8:00 am to 8:00pm.  HSA members who live in theseconstituencies are urged to vote in these critical by-elections.  Section 74of the BC Election Act states thatemployees are entitled to 4 consecutive hours on October 29 for the purpose ofvoting.  Elections BC has provided thefollowing interpretation of this requirement:

2009 Canadian Labour Congress Winter School - One of Canadas best labour schools, held at Harrison Hot Springs, in January and February 2009

October 22, 2008
The CLC Winter School offers a wide variety of week-long, quality labour orientated courses.  Past HSA participants have rated the courses and the experience highly.  The school offers an opportunity to meet people from other unions and workplaces across BC.  To support HSAs ability to represent HSA members effectively and to help build a stronger union, members and/or stewards can apply to take courses chosen to meet these objectives.

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: