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Change on the agenda for HSA convention

March 13, 2007
With HSAs annual convention just over a month away, candidates for president have completed a series of three all-candidates meetings held in Kelowna, New Westminster and Victoria.

Nurses Bargaining Association update: Pension allocation from 2007 wage increase will deferred; 3.5% increase for nurses April 1

March 12, 2007
The Nurses' Bargaining Association and HEABC have agreed to defer until 2008 the issue of allocating a one per cent market adjustment (wage increase) to Municipal Pension Plan inflation protection and benefits for retirees who were members of the NBA's constituent unions. As a result, the one per cent market adjustment scheduled for April 1, 2007 will be added to the scheduled 2.5 per cent wage increase for NBA members, resulting in a total wage increase of 3.5 per cent.

International Women's Day March 8

March 8, 2007
On March 8th Canadians celebrate the 30th anniversary of International Womens Day. This important day was established in 1977 by the United Nations with the purpose of acknowledging the vital contribution of women to the strengthening of international peace and security. Continue reading here (link to NUPGE website)

Meet the candidates for HSA president

March 1, 2007
As of March 1, 2007, seven HSA members have been nominated to run for the position of HSA president. The new president will be elected Saturday, April 21 by delegates to HSA's 36th annual convention in Vancouver.

Last chance to register for HSAs -Talking about Health Care" workshop

February 26, 2007
The public consultation phase of the provincial governments -Conversation on Health" has begun and will continue in different communities around the province until it wraps up in Vancouver on July 7. As health care professionals, HSA members have a great deal of expertise to contribute to this discussion about the future of public health care. As individuals, we have many questions and concerns about where Premier Campbell intends to take our health care system, and what it will mean for our communities, our families and ourselves.

Hundreds of thousands of Canadians are assaulted at work

February 21, 2007
Ottawa (19 Feb. 2007) - Canadian workplaces are dangerous places for an astonishing number of workers, says Statistics Canada. Nearly one-fifth of all incidents of violent victimization occurred in the workplace in 2004, the agency reports in a first-of-a-kind study measuring criminal victimization on the job.

VDLC offers Global Solidarity School in Cuba this spring

February 20, 2007
The Vancouver and District Labour Council is organizing a global solidarity school in Cuba in May. The Global Solidarity School is the initiative of progressive Canadians involved in trade union and academic education. The school will combine educational programs with Cuban cultural explorations that extend well beyond a typical tourist experience. See the attached poster for information, or visit the website at

Additional steward workshop scheduled

February 19, 2007
Due to increased demand for steward training, HSA is offering the following course: Steward Training Level 1 (3-day workshop):May 7, 8 & 9, 2007 Please apply ASAP as workshops have been filling up quickly.

Throne speech raises questions about government commitment to health conversation

February 14, 2007
The B.C. government confirmed in Tuesdays throne speech that a controversial blueprint for health care is in the works in spite of its ongoing -Conversation on Health" consultation with British Columbians. The third of 16 Conversation on Health public forums takes place this weekend in Kelowna. The throne speech promised -fundamental health reforms that increase individual choice and maximize the supply of health services within the budgets available."

Suzanne Bennett acclaimed as Region 1 Director

February 13, 2007
HSA members in Region 1 have once again acclaimed Suzanne Bennett as their representative to the HSA Board of Directors. She was acclaimed after the February 8th deadline passed with no further nominations.  Suzanne has been the Region 1 Director since 2006.  She is the first HSA member from the community social services sector to serve on the board. Suzanne is a youth addictions counsellor at the John Howard Society in Courtenay. She has been a member of HSA since 1998 and served as chief steward for five years.