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Residential care worker gives his all to clients <u>and</u> union

The Report: July / August 1998 vol.19 num.1

by DAN KEETON

Raj Dhillon is what you might call the quintessential trade unionactivist, taking a leading role in two of the three unions in which he holds memberships.

As an HSA member, Raj cares for people with severe mental and physicalhandicaps at Archway, a group home run by Peace Arch Community Services (PACS). Since thehome certified with HSA in March last year, Raj has been up to his neck in union duties.

Superannuation vesting rules change

The Report: July / August 1998 vol.19 num.1

Effective January 1, 1998, Municipal Pension Plan members will bevested for all pensionable service ("fully vested") with two years ofcontributory service or five years of continuous employment, whichever comes first. Theywill be locked-in for post-1992 service only.

Community social services group bargaining conference an historic first

The Report: July / August 1998 vol.19 num.1

HSA members from CSSEA facilities held their first-ever bargainingproposal conference May 6 and 7 in Vancouver. The conference provided an opportunity forHSA members who work in the community social services sector to compare wage and benefitprovisions and develop proposals for group bargaining.

Issue of levelling holding up talks at paramedical table

The Report: July / August 1998 vol.19 num.1

A major hurdle at the paramedical professional bargainingtable is the issue of levelling. For months, members of the bargaining committee have beentrying to get the employer to address levelling issues left over from the 1996negotiations.

Histotechnologist's work honoured in award

The Report: May / June 1998 vol.18 num.8

by DAN KEETON

Okay, heres a test. How fast can you say histotechnologist? Forthat matter, do you know what it is?

Its a health sciences profession, of course, and it involves thetesting of human tissue for signs of disease. Its also a word that has an aura ofaccomplishment and pride about it for lab worker and HSA member Janet Tunnicliffe.

Changes to EI pose concerns for HSA members

The Report: May / June 1998 vol.18 num.8

by DAN KEETON

Workers hoping to collect maternity benefits face a threat from recentchanges to Employment Insurance - formerly, Unemployment Insurance. The changes might alsoadversely affect members applying for SUB benefits under the HEABC collective agreement,although a union committee is working to increase eligibility for SUB benefits.

New regulations in effect April 15

The Report: May / June 1998 vol.18 num.8

by RACHEL NOTLEY

April 15, 1998 was the culmination of over five years of work by labouractivists committed to improving health and safety for BC workers. Thats because thefirst major revision of BCs health and safety regulation since 1970 came into effecton that day and workers can now rely on the enhanced health and safety protection providedthrough the new regulations.

Conventions: an important democratic tradition

The Report: May / June 1998 vol.18 num.8

by CINDY STEWART

Annual Convention is an opportunity to meet with the many friends whoare committed to advancing our union, and a time to participate in the supreme governingbody of our union. As I write this, the convention is five weeks away, but we will be inthe middle of the proceedings when The Report bearing this column is distributed.