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Community social services group bargaining conference an historic first

July 1, 1998
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.

Superannuation vesting rules change

July 1, 1998
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.

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

July 1, 1998
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.

Convention 1998: Looking ahead

July 1, 1998
The Report: July / August 1998 vol.19 num.1 More than 250 delegates packed HSAs 27th Annual Convention May28-30, making it the largest on record and demonstrating the continued growth of theunion. Many were attending for the first time, representing workers in thehealth and social service sectors, and reflecting the unions successful organizingefforts.

Delegates reaffirm their support for breast cancer awareness and prevention

July 1, 1998
The Report: July / August 1998 vol.19 num.1 Breast cancer is a serious illness that takes many lives, and HSAmembers treat the issue with the attention it deserves - so much so that for the secondyear running, delegates to the annual convention voted to spend $20,000 in union funds topromote the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundations Run for the Cure.

When do I have the right to refuse unsafe work?

July 1, 1998
The Report: July / August 1998 vol.19 num.1 by RACHEL NOTLEY

Conventions: an important democratic tradition

May 1, 1998
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.

New regulations in effect April 15

May 1, 1998
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.

Changes to EI pose concerns for HSA members

May 1, 1998
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.

Can I go on long-term disability during my childs grave, lengthy illness?

May 1, 1998
The Report: May / June 1998 vol.18 num.8 by SARAH O'LEARY