News & Updates

Last night, teachers across the province voted overwhelmingly to take a stand against Bill 12, the Liberal act aimed at ending the limited job action undertaken by the B.C. Teachers Federation to put pressure on government to negotiate a collective agreement. The legislation, which is still being debated in the Legislature, rolls over the current collective agreement to June 30...

The Report: October / November 2005 vol.26 num.5 by LAURA BUSHEIKIN ami Nishi enjoys a lot of things about her job. For instance, the toys. Tami Nishi Steward Speech Language Pathologist The Centre for Development -I go to work every day, open my materials cupboard, and its full of toys," Nishi said, smiling. -I love that." What she loves even...

The Report: October / November 2005 vol.26 num.5 or a woman escaping abuse, North Island Transition Societys Ann Elmore House offers safe haven ... and the skilled, empathetic aid of transition house workers like Charity Perrault. Charity Perrault Transition House Worker Chief Steward Ann Elmore House, North Island Transition Society Perrault was drawn to front-line support work from early life...

The Report: October / November 2005 vol.26 num.5 What is -off-duty conduct?" When can employers discipline employees for -off-duty conduct"? Employee behaviour that is characterized as -off-duty conduct" is behaviour occurring outside the scope of an employees performance of regular duties, but falls below a reasonable norm in relationship to the employers legitimate concerns, and could give the employer grounds...

The Report: October / November 2005 vol.26 num.5 by CINDY STEWART n December 26, 2004 an earthquake rocked the ocean floor. The resulting devastation, and ultimately the loss of more than 150,000 lives, galvanized the worlds communities in an unprecedented relief effort. NUPGE components, including HSA, joined with unions across the country to respond to the call for help in...

BL10075 Solidarity is more than making donations. Personal contact and relationships between people from the north and the south can be as important as money. Are you interested in learning first hand about the projects HSA supports in Central America? Would you like to see for yourself the reality for the majority of the population in Central America? Are you...

HSA President Cindy Stewart joined other union leaders at a rally in Vancouver to support HEU and BCGEU members who are on strike for a first collective agreement with Sodexho. The 1,100 workers have been on strike since Sept. 15. The majority of the dietary, cleaning and other support services workers are paid $10.15 per hour. -We know the valuable...

Members encouraged to get involved in upcoming municipal and federal elections HSA and its members have become increasingly active politically. HSA members worked on the recent provincial election in unprecedented numbers. Many of these members attended one of the three campaign schools HSA offered during the past year. Feedback from these members emphasized the value of these campaign schools in...

Participate in the BC Conference Friday evening, October 28 & Saturday, October 29 In celebration of their twentieth anniversary, CoDevelopment Canada is organizing a two day conference as part of the national Make Poverty History Campaign. The goals of the Canadian campaign are straightforward: More and better aid Trade justice Cancel the debt End child poverty in Canada The vision...

As you know, all workers have a right to a safe work environment. Surveys consistently indicate that HSA members care about and are willing to become involved in health and safety issues. Unions have a significant role to play ensuring that our workplaces are safe. HSA takes a leadership role in the promotion of workplace safety through health and safety...