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HSA fears leaked details on privatization only the beginning

March 6, 2002
The union that represents more than 10,000 health science professionals across the province is concerned that the Liberals plan to privatize $700 million in health care service is only the beginning. Responding to a leaked budget document revealed Monday by the Hospital Employees Union, the Health Science Association of BC warns that many direct services to patients are also under threat.

Liberals misled public over promise to protect "clinical services" says HSA

February 25, 2002
After promising that the government would protect "clinical services" in hospitals, the Campbell Liberals have quietly approved regulations that will allow health employers to privatize a variety of direct services to patients, including respiratory therapy, speech pathology, CT scans and MRI. Although the Liberal government claimed that Bill 29 would allow hospitals to privatize only "non-clinical services" such as laundry, janitorial and security services, the Health Sciences Association of BC has learned that the legislation will have far wider implications.

Government betrayal an unprecedented abuse of power

January 25, 2002
Gordon Campbell is poisoning labour relations in British Columbia and plunging the province into an era of chaos, say representatives of the BC Government and Service Employees Union, the Hospital Employees Union, the Canadian Union of Public Employees, the Health Sciences Association, and the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, Local 1518.

Liberal attack on contracts will increase health care shortages, says HSA

January 25, 2002
Todays attack on health care contracts will have a devastating impact on the provinces ability to recruit and retain health care professionals, says Cindy Stewart, President of the Health Sciences Association of BC. Stewart says that under the new legislation, there will no longer be any provincial mechanism for keeping track of displaced health care professionals and relocating them to communities where their services are needed. Instead, the government has off-loaded responsibility for recruitment and retention to local health authorities.

Liberals attack workers' rights on basic safety and Workers' Compensation

January 1, 2002
The Report: January / February 2002 vol.23 num.1 by CAROL RIVIERE, RACHEL NOTLEY, SARAH O'LEARY, with YUKIE KURAHASHI If you suffer a workplace injury or illness, you may soon find that your workers compensation coverage has been abridged and reduced.

Facing the future with renewed determination

January 1, 2002
The Report: January / February 2002 vol.23 num.1 by CINDY STEWART Throughout the fall, your board of directors hosted the annual regional meetings to hear from the members about your issues and concerns. Following the summer of contract talks, job action and a change in government, the regional meetings were a timely opportunity for all of us to review the work of the union, what we need to do better, and what we can do differently.

Celebrating women's rights

January 1, 2002
The Report: January / February 2002 vol.23 num.1 by MAUREEN ROSS While serving six years on the HSA Board of Directors, I have written a number of these -Across the Province" reports on a variety of subjects. For my final report, I would like to explore with you the history of International Womens Day, celebrated around the world on March 8 of each year.

Bumping rights

January 1, 2002
The Report: January / February 2002 vol.23 num.1 by JEANNE MEYERS What rights do HSA members have to "bump" when faced with a lay-off?