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Private diagnostic services clinic staff in Lower Mainland and Victoria join HSA

June 22, 2007
Health Sciences Association of B.C. is pleased to welcome new members, employees of CML HeatlhCare, to the union of caring professionals. HSA has represented staff at CML HealthCare, a private company that provides medical diagnostic imaging services to the public, in Victoria since 2003.  Employees at four additional CML HealthCare clinics in Victoria and the Lower Mainland voted to join the union early this year, but the results of the vote were not known until yesterday.

Join the HSA team running for the cure

June 22, 2007
HSA is celebrating 10 years of participating in the CIBC Run for the Cure, the most important fundraiser for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. Visit the CIBC Run for the Cure to register today and join the HSA team. For information, email webmaster@hsabc.org.

HSA President reacts to suggestion Supreme Court decision provides opening for increased privatization

June 21, 2007
HSA President Reid Johnson responds to a Vancouver Sun report suggesting that the recent Supreme Court of Canada decision on Bill 29 means less flexibility and more privatization. See his letter to the editor here.

Service tomorrow for HSA activist Colya Kaminiarz

June 19, 2007
HSA members are welcome to a service Wednesday, June 20 to remember HSA activist Colya Kaminiarz. Wednesday, June 20th, 2007  from 2:45 to 4:15 p.m. at  Vancouver General Hospital, Jim Pattison Pavilion 1st floor, Paetzold Meeting Rooms 1 and 2, 855 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver

Security and Prosperity Partnership (based on NAFTA Model) - Setting Stage for North American Union

June 19, 2007
Harmonization of Canada and Mexico with USA monetarily, militarily, and in other areas of administration including health care and labour standards. Are you ready for it?  Is this what you want? Why is the Harper Government keeping quiet about SPP (Security and Prosperity Partnership Agreement), a process of deeper integration with the USA, which is quietly going ahead while you sleep? Jack Layton has demanded debate on this Agreement since February (and been refused).

Meeting of the Asian Canadian Labour Alliance

June 19, 2007
Meeting of the Asian Canadian Labour Alliance Thursday, June 287:00 p.m.BCGEU HQ Auditorium4911 Canada Way, Burnaby More information and printer-friendly poster.

Job postings for new and expanded Abbotsford hospital to start this month; new merged seniority lists to be implemented

June 19, 2007
In time for the posting of several new positions at the new Abbotsford Regional Hospital and Cancer Centre (ARHCC), set to open in September 2008, HSA and the Fraser Health Authority recently concluded negotiations to amend the Dovetailed Seniority List Agreement (DSLA) in the FHA.  Prior to this agreement, there were two different lists for the FHA, one for Fraser Valley Health Services Delivery Area and one for Simon and South Fraser Health Service Delivery Areas.

HSA board of directors elects vice-president and secretary-treasurer

June 14, 2007
Suzanne Bennett, regional director for HSA Region 1, has been elected by the HSA Board of Directors to serve as the unions vice-president..  The vice-president assumes the duties of the president at the presidents request or in the presidents absence and chairs the unions resolutions committee.

Supreme Court says BC Liberals violated Charter of Rights - Court rules in favour of health care workers, throws out sections of Bill 29

June 8, 2007
The Supreme Court of Canada issued a landmark decision today, declaring sections of Bill 29 unconstitutional. The Supreme Court ruled that sections of the Bill amounted to -substantial interference with the unions ability to engage in collective bargaining." In the ruling, the Court throws out sections of Bill 29 and gives the provincial government 12 months to rectify the violations. HSA President Reid Johnson says the decision is a clear win for health workers across British Columbia.

CESA raises awareness about June 21, National Aboriginal Day

June 6, 2007
HSAs Committee for Equality and Social Action is encouraging members to help raise awareness about National Aboriginal Day, a day first proclaimed in 1996 as an annual occasion to recognize the diverse cultures and outstanding contributions to Canada of the First Nations, Inuit and Métis. This years sticker features the logo of the Sisters in Spirit project, which works to improve the human rights and address the violence facing Aboriginal women.  HSA supports this project through NUPGE and direct donations.