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Single seniority list agreements reached for all HSA members in Vancouver Coastal Health Authority

February 25, 2005
BL10031 All Health Sciences Association members who work in the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority and are covered by the Paramedical Professional Bargaining Association and Nurses Bargaining Association collective agreements will benefit from agreements reached to develop single seniority lists for each of the bargaining associations.

NEWS RELEASE: Government announcement on health worker safety falls short, says HSA

January 26, 2005
Subject: HSA Reacts to Government Announcement on Health Workers The Health Sciences Association says today's government announcement that it will expand a program to track health and safety incidents is not enough to ensure health care workers are safe in their workplaces. "Today's announcement to complete a system to track health and safety incidents by computer is a fine project, but it does nothing to immediately reduce the incidence of injury and occupational disease for health care workers," HSA President Cindy Stewart said.

Government announcement on health worker safety falls short, says HSA

January 25, 2005
Subject: HSA Reacts to Government Announcement on Health Workers The Health Sciences Association says today's government announcement that it will expand a program to track health and safety incidents is not enough to ensure health care workers are safe in their workplaces. "Today's announcement to complete a system to track health and safety incidents by computer is a fine project, but it does nothing to immediately reduce the incidence of injury and occupational disease for health care workers," HSA President Cindy Stewart said.

HSA mourns loss of member David Bland; calls for commitment to reduce risk of workplace violence

January 21, 2005
BL10021 HSA members have reacted with shock to this week's violent and deadly attack on HSA member David Bland, a recreation therapist with the Richmond Mental Services Health Team. "On behalf of HSA, I extend condolences to David's family, friends and co-workers. Words cannot express the sorrow we all are feeling at losing a member of our team, particularly under such violent circumstances," HSA President Cindy Stewart said.

Shortage of health professionals threatens access to critical health services

January 14, 2005
Without an adequate supply of skilled health professionals to operate medical equipment, Canadians access to critical medical imaging technologies will continue to be hampered, says Cindy Stewart, Co-Chair of the Canadian Health Professionals Secretariat (CHPS) and President of the Health Sciences Association of BC (HSABC/NUPGE).

HSA holds information meetings in Richmond, North Vancouver and Vancouver, January 18 - 20 on single seniority list for Vancouver Coastal Health Authority

January 7, 2005
BL10019 Information meetings for HSA members about discussions between the Paramedical Professional Bargaining Association and the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority on a single seniority list have been scheduled as follows:

HSA donates $10,000 for tsunami relief; $5,000 to British Columbia food banks

January 6, 2005
The Health Sciences Association of BC has donated $10,000 to Oxfam Canada's Tsunami Relief Fund to assist with relief efforts in the aftermath of the devastating tsunami that hit Southeast Asia on Boxing Day. The donation brings the total contribution of National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE)-affiliated unions across Canada to date to almost $150,000.

HSA, Vancouver Coastal discussions underway for single seniority list

January 6, 2005
BL10017 The Vancouver Coastal Health Authority and Paramedical Professional Bargaining Association have begun discussions aimed at achieving a single seniority list for all employees in the health authority, which would come into effect in early 2006.

Pension plans worth thinking and knowing about

January 1, 2005
The Report: January / February 2005 vol.26 num.1 by CINDY STEWART