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We're looking for a few champions

August 1, 2010
The Report: August 2010 vol.31 num.4 SUMMER IS FINALLY HERE, and while I hope that all of you have an opportunity to slow things down and spend time with family, here at HSA were moving forward on several fronts.

Little Travellers make big impact

August 1, 2010
The Report: August 2010 vol.31 num.4 THE TINY BEADED FIGURE HSA member JoanneSchwartz wears on her lanyard every day at workcould be dismissed as just a colourful trinket.However, for Schwartz and for over 100 SouthAfrican women infected with HIV, along withtheir families, this ornament has more valuethan the most luxurious of necklaces. In fact, it represents survival, health, financial security, human dignity, and the power of ordinary people to make a difference in the face of the searing tragedy that is the AIDS/HIV epidemic in Africa.

Looking back on a distinguished career

August 1, 2010
The Report: August 2010 vol.31 num.4 AS DIETITIAN SANDRA HOMENUK heads into retirement, shes pleased to see that the profession shes leaving looks very, very different than the one she entered 40 years ago. -I started working in the fall of 1970," says Homenuk, who retired from her position as Dietetics Practice Leader at BC Womens and Childrens Hospital on July 29th. -It was a time when there were kitchen maids, not kitchen aids."

NRGH will lose some lab services to save money

July 30, 2010
Nanaimo Daily News

VIHA reverses lab consolidation plan; microbiology services remain

July 30, 2010
Vancouver Island Health Authority has withdrawn a Section 54 notice related to a plan to consolidate all Vancouver Island microbiology laboratory services in Victoria. Last week, the health authority advised the union and members that it planned to close down microbiology services at Nanaimo Regional and Campbell River Hospitals. VIHA served notice that it was beginning a Section 54 process to address job cuts and relocations. HSA members were advised that up to 18 full time equivalent positions would be affected.

Join the Fight HST Rally

July 29, 2010
Join the Fight HST RallyAugust 8 ... Stanley Park Entrance , Vancouver Download flyer

HSA Fall Regional Meetings schedule set

July 21, 2010
The schedule for the 2010 HSA regional meetings, an excellent forum for HSA members to review the issues and activities of the past year, and to discuss the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead, has been set by the unions board of directors.

Health science professionals table proposals aimed at protecting quality public health care

July 8, 2010
Bargaining for a new contract for health science professionals continued this week in Richmond, with the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association (HSPBA) tabling a number of proposals aimed at protecting quality public health care. -British Columbians depend on a quality public health care system for their good health. It is incumbent upon all parties at the bargaining table to get creative about how we can work together to protect and improve our system," said Maureen Headley, HSPBA chief negotiator and HSAs Executive Director of Labour Relations and Legal Services.

Fall conference for HSA health and safety stewards - 2nd Bi-Annual OHS Conference - -Creating a Culture of Safety"

July 7, 2010
October 25 and 26, 2010, Hilton Vancouver Airport Hotel This conference is designed for experienced safety stewards and advocates increase awareness on key issues related to safe working conditions for all members.  Learn more about topics such as: • An update on violence prevention initiatives.• The relationship between worker and patient/client safety.• Information technology to support OHS programs and initiatives.• HSA projects and Initiatives.• Stress in the workplace.