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BC Nurses' Union puts workers and patients at risk, Labour Board rules

The BC Labour Relations Board has ruled that workers and patients were put at risk by dangerous tactics used by BC Nurses' Union (BCNU) organizers in December. The BCNU organizers were attempting to convince registered psychiatric nurses to leave their union, Health Sciences Association of BC.

HSA president calls for summit on violence in health care

The following letter from HSA President Val Avery was sent to members December 11, 2014

Dear member,

Assaults on health care workers in Penticton and Kamloops have dominated the news this week. Incidents like these have become all too common in health care settings.

It is time for action.

BCNU raid of Mission Memorial fails

With time running down for the raid season, BCNU has lost another attempt to take registered psychiatric nurses out of HSA. The BCNU had tried to move members at Mission Memorial Hospital out of HSA but the Labour Board today confirmed they did not have the support of the RPNs as the vote was in favour of HSA.

Earlier this year an application for Overlander Residential Care was dismissed before a vote was held due to a lack of support for BCNU.

Staff profile: Alka Kundi, labour relations officer

Alka Kundi

HSA REPORT, DECEMBER 2014

Name: Alka Kundi.

Nickname in high school: Well, my name is Alka, so the nicknames should be obvious. Alkaseltzer, Alcoholic and Alkatraz. In retrospect, I'm not sure if these were nicknames or if people were just making fun of me, but oh well.

Job title and department: Labour Relations Officer, Servicing.

Ebola: members say we're still not ready

HSA REPORT, DECEMBER 2014

By David Durning, HSA Senior OHS Officer

Over the years, Canadian workers have fought for and gained important workplace health and safety rights.

The diligent exercise of these rights is proven to be the most effective way of ensuring workplace hazards are controlled.

These rights, enshrined in legislation and regulation, are:

Karim Kanji, radiation therapist

Karim Kanji radiation therapist

HSA REPORT, DECEMBER 2014

By Laura Busheikin

There's no doubt that having to take time off work due to an injury or illness brings a multitude of challenges.

Aside from the medical demands, there are forms to fill out and anxiety around getting the proper benefits. There are often feelings of isolation. There is the uncertainty of not knowing when, how, or if you can return to work.

Benefits Q&A: Sorry, medical marijuana is not covered

HSA REPORT, DECEMBER 2014

by Dennis Blatchford, Pensions and Benefits Advocate

I'm advised by Pacific Blue Cross that fertility drugs are not covered under the new 50 per cent cost share arrangement for non-PharmaCare formulary medications. Why are these drugs not covered?

HSA is moving

Please make a note of our contact information effective Jan. 5, 2015:

Health Sciences Association of BC
180 East Columbia Street
New Westminster, BC
V3L 0G7

New Phone: 604 517 0994 / toll free 800 663 2017
New Fax: 604 515 8889 / toll free 800 663 6119