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Fragrance free, please: survey shows HSA members support scent-free environments

July 1, 2001
The Report: July / August 2001 vol.22 num.3 by CAROL RIVIERE Adverse health effects from exposure to perfumes and fragranced products are becoming more frequent, both in and out of the workplace.

New provincial government must recognize value of health professionals

July 1, 2001
The Report: July / August 2001 vol.22 num.3 by CINDY STEWART May 16 marked the end of a political era as British Columbians elected 77 Liberals and two New Democrats to represent them in the BC Legislature.

HSA members need quality workplaces, incentives to remain at work

July 1, 2001
The Report: July / August 2001 vol.22 num.3 by BRIEGE McCONVILLE As the newly-elected representative for Region 4, writing this report came as quite a challenge. After some thought, I decided that my own experience as one of the often-reported demographically aging members of HSA might be relevant to many fellow members who are in the same boat.

Legislative solution damages health care

July 1, 2001
The Report: July / August 2001 vol.22 num.3 by RICK LAMPSHIRE After bargaining for several months, which included mediated talks, negotiations for a new collective agreement for the Paramedical Professional Bargaining Association broke down on May 9. Right from the start of negotiations, the HEABC has made it clear that the employer’s – and the government’s – priority is nurses.

Essential service levels

July 1, 2001
The Report: July / August 2001 vol.22 num.3 by BRUCE WILKINS

One word at a time: helping children communicate

July 1, 2001
The Report: July / August 2001 vol.22 num.3 by DAN KEETON Shari Shabits Speech/Language Pathologist North Okanagan Neurological Association

Health science professionals talks adjourn

June 28, 2001
"The Health Employers Association has refused to return to the bargaining table prepared to negotiate," Rick Lampshire, Chief Negotiator for the Paramedical Professional Bargaining Association, charged today. Lampshire said the five unions representing about 14,000 health science professionals heard from special mediator Stephen Kelleher that the HEABC has no change to the offer that resulted in bargaining breaking down May 9th.

Remarks by Cindy Stewart, in reaction to Health Care Services Continuation Act

June 20, 2001
I want to start by thanking all the HSA members and the other union members of the Paramedical Professional Bargaining Association for the determination they have shown today in response to the heavy-handed legislation passed early this morning. It has been a very difficult day• for the union, and for all of our members. Employers have been threatening our members and our members have been forced to make personal decisions about what the legislation means to them.

Health science professionals walk out to protest heavy-handed legislation

June 19, 2001
Health science professionals walked off the job province-wide today and will provide essential services only to protest the government's plan to end job action in health care. "This proposed legislation is heavy-handed and curtails collective bargaining rights," HSA President Cindy Stewart said today outside Burnaby Hospital, where she joined health science professionals at the union's strike headquarters. "Our members are furious. The government is taking the first step towards imposing a settlement that doesn't value the work they do in the health care system," she said.

Health science professionals escalate province-wide strike

June 14, 2001
Cindy Stewart, President of the Health Sciences Association (HSA), announced today the 14,000 health science professionals represented by the Paramedical Professional Bargaining Association will escalate their strike action next week. "The new government has now had two weeks to consider the situation. They've certainly had time enough to send a clear message to the employer that a wage offer that values the work of health science professionals is needed," she said.