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OHSAH offers on-line updates for health care workers

April 26, 2007
Concerned about health and safety issues at your workplace? Sign up to receive the OHSAH (Occupational Health and Safety Agency for Healthcare in BC) e-update. The current (April 2007) issues includes articles about Latex vs Non-Latex Gloves; Concern over Caviwipes,   Pandemic Influenza Update, Technological Innovations in Occupational Health, and Day of Mourning events.

$10 now rallying cry for improved minimum wage

April 25, 2007
B.C.'s lowest paid workers need your help. The B.C. Federation of Labour is campaigning to boost the provincial minimum wage to $10 an hour and eliminate the $6 training rate for new workers. The Campbell government has frozen the minimum at $8 since 2001. Six years without a raise is too long.   Thats why the BCFed is calling for an immediate increase to $10 NOW, so that our lowest paid workers get a long-overdue pay increase. Please click below to sign the $10 NOW petition. 

Canadian Labour calls on governments to mark April 28 National Day of Mourning with stepped-up enforcement of health and safety laws

April 25, 2007
The Canadian Labour Congress is marking this years National Day of Mourning with a renewed call for governments to step-up enforcement of federal, provincial and territorial health and safety laws. Next Saturday, April 28, the labour movement will acknowledge and honour those men and women who died or were injured on the job over the past year due to workplace accidents or occupational diseases.

Fraser Health removes key information about Surrey Hospital P3 decision from documents

April 24, 2007
The public is still in the dark about why the Fraser Health Authority (FHA) is using a public-private partnership (P3) for the financing, construction and operation of the Surrey Ambulatory Care Facility despite initially opposing this approach. Key information related to the decision was deleted from 35 pages of heavily censored documents released to the BC Health Coalition under freedom of information legislation.

HSA seeks Region 5 representative on unions board of directors

April 24, 2007
HSA is calling for nominations for the position of Regional Director for Region 5 following the election of Reid Johnson as HSA President at the 36th annual convention held this past weekend.  Johnson was first elected as Region 5 Director in 1997 and was re-elected for another term this spring.  The new Region 5 Director will serve the remainder of the two-year term which ends at the conclusion of HSAs 2009 annual convention.

Day of Mourning this Saturday; events scheduled province-wide

April 23, 2007
This year the BC Federation of Labour Occupational Health and Safety theme is "Make it Safe! Make it Fair!" Changes to the OH&S Regulations under the Workers Compensation Act have affected the safety of workers and we have witnessed too many workers being injured and killed due to a lack of enforcement and meaningful regulations.

HSA elects new union president at 36th annual convention

April 21, 2007
Reid Johnson, HSA President Delegates to the 36th annual convention of Health Sciences Association of BC (HSA) have elected Reid Johnson as the new president of the union that represents 15,000 health care professionals who work in hospitals and communities around the province.

Election of president, 'Inconvenient Truth' on agenda for Health Sciences Association 36th annual convention

April 18, 2007
The Health Sciences Association of BC (HSA) will kick off its 36th annual convention Friday, April 20 at the Fairmont Vancouver Hotel in Vancouver. Proud of our Past; Ready for the Future is the theme of this years convention, which will feature the election of a new president for the union, as Cindy Stewart, president of HSA for the past 14 years, will not be seeking re-election. Eight candidates have declared their candidacy for the position.

RALLY: Seniors on Guard for Medicare and COSCO

April 11, 2007
Help us put the "heart" back in Medicare at a Rally in Richmond! Date:  Saturday, April 14, 2007Place:  DELTA VANCOUVER AIRPORT INN          3500 Cessna Drive, RichmondTime:  8:00 a.m. Printer-friendly poster with more details.

Health care in El Salvador ... Lessons for BC: An evening with Santiago Diaz

April 11, 2007
HSAs Committee for Equality and Social Action is hosting an evening with community organizer and activist Santiago Diaz on Wednesday, April 18, at 7 p.m. at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver.  Diaz is the coordinator of APSIES, the Salvadoran Association for Integrated Health and Social Services, which has been a southern partner of HSA for over 15 years.