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CML collective bargaining on hold as HSA awaits decision on Lower Mainland certification

May 3, 2007
Bargaining for a collective agreement between HSA and CML Healthcare on Vancouver Island has been put on hold as the Labour Relations Board deliberates an application by HSA to include CML employees at Lower Mainland locations in the Vancouver Island bargaining unit. In January, HSA made an application to include Lower Mainland CML Healthcare employees in the existing Vancouver Island HSA bargaining unit. CML has opposed the application, arguing that Island and Lower Mainland employees should not be allowed to bargain together for improvements to wages and working conditions.

Public health care forum: Friends of Medicare - join us!

May 3, 2007
Would UK-style changes to our health care system benefit patients?  Or corporations? Public health care forum: Tuesday, May 157pm - 9pmTHOMPSON RIVER UNIVERSITY ALUMNI THEATREClock Tower Building, Kamloops For more information and a printer-friendly version of the poster, click here.

HSA offers scholarships for Summer Institute for Union Women

May 3, 2007
HSA offers scholarships for Summer Institute for Union Women-Strong Women Taking Action" July 4 - 8, 2007 ... Victoria The BC Summer Institute for Union Women offers an intensive week of learning within a supportive environment where union women can develop skills as workers, activists and leaders.

Labour demands action on workplace safety as activists lobby provincial government

May 2, 2007
Members of the BC Federation of Labour's Occupational Health and Safety Committee headed to Victoria Monday, April 30 to press the case for better workplace safety enforcement and decent pensions for workers injured on the job. The lobby, headed by Federation President Jim Sinclair and Secretary-Treasurer Angela Schira, comes on the heels of Day of Mourning ceremonies across BC that marked the beginning of a month of labour action to win safer workplaces.

Labour marks Day of Mourning

April 29, 2007
HSA President Reid Johnson and Region 7 Regional Director Marg Beddis joined in the Day of Mourning for workers killed and injured on the job by laying a wreath at Bear Creek Park in Surrey Saturday. New Westminster & District Labour Council in conjunction with the Vancouver & District Labour Council, Fraser Valley Labour Council and BC Federation of Labour  hosted the event.

West Kootenay Public Solutions Forum - Who says we can't afford public health care?

April 26, 2007
It's a fact - improving public health care is within our means.  Find out how. Castlegar and District Health Watch and the BC Health Coalition invite you to a West Kootenay Public Solutions Forum. Thursday, May 247:00 p.m.Castlegar & District Community Recreation Centre2101 6th Avenue Speaker:  Dr. Robert Woolard, Canadian Doctors for Medicine

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.