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Paramedical Professional Bargaining Association begins negotiations today

January 30, 2001
The bargaining association representing 10,000 health science professionals opens negotiations today with the Health Employers' Association of B.C. "Our members have told us it's time for a raise," chief negotiator Rick Lampshire of the Health Sciences Association said. "After ten years of wage controls, health science professionals are looking for a significant increase in wages to recognize their education level, skills and experience," he said.

Working together to reduce workplace injuries

January 1, 2001
The Report: January / February 2001 vol.22 num.1 Members identify workload, ergonomics as key issues by YUKIE KURAHASHI Every day, each cytotechnologist at the BC Cancer Agency's Cervical Cancer Screening Program scrutinizes 85 slides, with the knowledge that each slide may carry information that could profoundly affect the life of a woman somewhere in the province.

Study finds radiographers at risk

January 1, 2001
The Report: January / February 2001 vol.22 num.1 by RACHEL NOTLEY Medical radiation technologists tend to experience symptoms of respiratory illness at a higher rate than do physiotherapists. Thats the conclusion of a recent comparative study by researchers at UBC.

Members identify wages as top bargaining priority for 2001

January 1, 2001
The Report: January / February 2001 vol.22 num.1 In mid-November, when delegates to HSAs paramedical professional bargaining conference sat down to their first day, they faced two immense tasks. The first was examining and evaluating over 600 proposals submitted by members from around the province. The second was narrowing the list of proposals, and setting strategic priorities for bargaining in order to give the bargaining committee a clear mandate for this round of negotiations.

Proud to represent members around the province

January 1, 2001
The Report: January / February 2001 vol.22 num.1 HSA is a member-run union governed by a Board of Directors. The Board is composed of one member elected from each of ten regions around the province, and a President elected by delegates at Annual Convention.

Members hold the key for bargaining in 2001

January 1, 2001
The Report: January / February 2001 vol.22 num.1 by CINDY STEWART Whats it going to take? Hard work and determination on the part of each and every health professional that HSA represents.

A substantial wage increase imperative for health professionals

January 1, 2001
The Report: January / February 2001 vol.22 num.1 by BRIAN ISBERG No matter how much the Capital Health Region or any other region amalgamates, consolidates, restructures, reorganizes or regionalizes, it will not get past the underlying fact that there are not enough health science professionals to continue providing quality patient care in the present environment - let alone in one where increased funding for health care is promised.

Membership's resolve will help achieve contract gains

January 1, 2001
The Report: January / February 2001 vol.22 num.1 by RICK LAMPSHIRE The collective bargaining process for health science professionals has begun. HSAs bargaining proposal conference held November 15 through 17 was a huge success; participants worked hard, and were prepared to make difficult decisions to identify the priority issues of our membership. We will present a tight, focused package to the employer, with an emphasis on wages, education, on-call, flexible hours, health and welfare, and mileage. 

Employment Insurance

January 1, 2001
The Report: January / February 2001 vol.22 num.1 by SARAH O'LEARY How will the new Employment Insurance provisions affect me?

Promoting her chosen profession internationally

January 1, 2001
The Report: January / February 2001 vol.22 num.1 by YUKIE KURAHASHI Lori Scherer Ultrasound Technologist Mission Memorial Hospital Like many sonographers, Lori Scherer knew she wanted to pursue ultrasound "the minute" she walked into medical imaging.