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HSA to represent Biomedical Engineering Technologists

May 9, 2005
BL10050  The BC Labour Relations Board has ruled that two hundred Biomedical Engineering Technologists working in BC hospitals are appropriately represented by HSA. This follows a previous ruling by the LRB that designated Biomedical Engineering Technologists as paramedical professionals, but did not resolve the issue of union representation. HSA holds the paramedical professional certification at all of the hospitals where Biomedical Engineering Technologists work.

Education Leave Fund

April 18, 2005
EB05-08 Last chance to apply for funding Paramedical Bargaining Association members are eligible to apply for Education Leave Funding. The one million dollar Education Leave Fund, a provision of the 2001 - 2004 Paramedical Professional Collective Agreement, provided financial assistance to health science professionals to attend educational programs for professional advancement and career enhancement. This was one-time funding and insufficient funds remain to provide further wage replacement.

UN labour agency condemns human rights violations by Campbell government

April 14, 2005
An agency of the United Nations has again condemned the Campbell Liberal government for violating workers human rights by contravening international labour standards that Canadian governments are supposed to uphold. In a highly critical report released recently, the International Labour Organization(ILO) uses blunt language to condemn the BC government for clear violations offreedom of association principles. It also put pressure on Victoria to repair thedamage done and demanded that the province come into compliance with international standards.

What's really happening in health care?

April 14, 2005
Front-line providers not allowed to tell The gag order on front-line health care workers at St. Pauls Hospital is not an isolated case, says Health Sciences Association President Cindy Stewart. -Health care providers are afraid to speak out about the deteriorating conditions in the health care system. Conditions for patients are getting worse, and the health care professionals are under a gag order. They cant tell the public whats really going on, or they will lose their jobs," Stewart said.

HSA President Cindy Stewart re-elected

April 9, 2005
Delegates to the 34 th annual convention of the Health Sciences Association of BC have re-elected Cindy Stewart, a physiotherapist from Vernon, as their president for another two years. Stewart defeated challenger Derrick Hoyt, a lab technologist from Victoria. Stewart has been President of HSA since 1993. The union represents more than 12,000 health care and social services professional across BC who provide a range of diagnostic, clinical and rehabilitation services.

HSA Annual Convention

April 6, 2005
Burnaby, April 8-9, 2005 The Health Sciences Association of BC will hold its annual convention at the Hilton Vancouver Metrotown, 6083 McKay Ave., Burnaby. About 300 delegates, observers and staff are expected to attend. Convention delegates will debate resolutions ranging from internal union to political action and social justice issues. The convention will be called to order at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, April 8, in the Crystal Ballroom. Sessional hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Friday, and 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday.

Fighting for safety

April 1, 2005
The Report: April / May 2005 vol.26 num.2 by CINDY STEWART he statistics are staggering. In Canada, on average, 900 workers die at work every year. Thats more than two deaths every day.

Keeping records, crunching numbers – for your health

April 1, 2005
The Report: April / May 2005 vol.26 num.2 by DAN KEETON

Job classifications

April 1, 2005
The Report: April / May 2005 vol.26 num.2 by KATHY McLENNAN

Running for office to improve health care

April 1, 2005
The Report: April / May 2005 vol.26 num.2 by CAROLE PEARSON