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Peer counselling: a comforting alternative

February 1, 1999
The Report: February / March 1999 vol.19 num.6 by LYN BLENKINSOP In September of 1997, I was fortunate enough to be chosen as one of 16health care workers, and one of five HSA members, to be trained by the Healthcare LabourAdjustment Agency to deliver peer counselling services to employees who have beendisplaced, threatened with future displacement or affected by changing skill requirements.

HSA extends warm welcome to clinical perfusionists

February 1, 1999
The Report: February / March 1999 vol.19 num.6 by CINDY STEWART

Members win with new paramedical contract

February 1, 1999
The Report: February / March 1999 vol.19 num.6 by RICK LAMPSHIRE

Bargaining association recommends acceptance of mediator's report

January 28, 1999
British Columbia's 10,000 paramedical professionals will be urged to vote in favour of Mediator Brian Foley's report recommending terms of settlement for a collective agreement between the Paramedical Professional Bargaining Association and the Health Employers' Association of BC. Cindy Stewart, President of the Health Sciences Association of BC (HSA) which represents approximately 90 per cent of paramedical professionals, says the bargaining association has concluded that Mr. Foley's report is fair and balanced.

Mediator's report delayed until January 27

January 20, 1999
Mediator Brian Foley has advised the Paramedical Professional Bargaining Association that his report recommending terms of settlement for a collective agreement will not be released this afternoon as planned. Mr. Foley will release his report in one week, on Wednesday, January 27. In a letter to the unions and employers, Mr. Foley said that he requires more time to give due consideration to the positions put forward by both parties.

Paramedical professionals return to the bargaining table

January 14, 1999
The Paramedical Professional Bargaining Association announced this afternoon that they will return to the bargaining table Friday, January 15. The announcement came in response to a request by Labour Minister Dale Lovick that the unions and employers return the table with Mediator Brian Foley. "We have agreed to continue mediated talks," said Cindy Stewart, President of the Health Sciences Association of BC. "We have also agreed to Mr. Foley's request that we not escalate job action next week, as long as we are making progress at the bargaining table."

Mediated talks break down

January 8, 1999
Paramedical professionals to begin job action Monday, January 11 Mediated talks between the Paramedical Professional Bargaining Association and the Health Employers' Association of BC broke down this afternoon after the employer presented a revised proposal that fails to address the unions' key bargaining issues and still contains significant concession demands. More than 10,000 paramedical professionals will begin job action on Monday, January 11.

Paramedical professionals to issue 72-hour strike notice

January 4, 1999
Unions say mediation has been a "complete waste of time" The Paramedical Professional Bargaining Association today announced that it will issue 72-hour strike notice to the Health Employers' Association of BC on Tuesday, January 5. Cindy Stewart, President of the Health Sciences Association of BC (HSA), says HEABC's intransigence at the bargaining table leaves the unions with no other choice.

Absenteeism

January 1, 1999
The Report: January 1999 vol.19 num.5 by SARAH O'LEARY Can I be fired for being absent too often from work?

Experts to study effects of chemical exposures on respiratory health

January 1, 1999
The Report: January 1999 vol.19 num.5 by RACHEL NOTLEY and CAROL RIVIERE HSA is assisting with a study of the effect of occupational chemicalexposure on the respiratory health of various groups of health care professionals. Thisstudy is being conducted by members of the Occupational and Environmental Lung DiseasesResearch Unit of the Department of Medicine, in conjunction with the Occupational HygieneProgramme of the University of British Columbia.