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Getting you the information

October 1, 2000
The Report: October 2000 vol.21 num.5 by YUKIE KURAHASHI As Communications Director, Rebecca Maurer is responsible for ensuring that HSA members receive timely information about union events and activities. She is responsible for issuing bulletins and keeping HSAs web site current and informative. She also serves as Managing Editor of The Report.

Pensions an important benefit of union membership

October 1, 2000
The Report: October 2000 vol.21 num.5 by CINDY STEWART Pensions - its not a subject many of us think about - other than thinking "I want to retire early." It is certainly not a subject that many think about during the leisure days of summer. In fact, our pensions are probably the furthest thing from our minds. 

Duty to accommodate in the workplace

October 1, 2000
The Report: October 2000 vol.21 num.5 by SARAH O'LEARY

Diagnosis breast cancer: a chief steward fights back, with help from fellow members

October 1, 2000
The Report: October 2000 vol.21 num.5 by CAROLE PEARSONIf there can be a bright side to breast cancer, Mary Hatlevik has found one. Hatlevik is a registered psychiatric nurse at Trail Regional Hospital and Chief Steward for HSAs Trail Regional Chapter. Mary HatlevikRegistered Psychiatric NurseTrail Regional Hospital

Shortage of paramedical professionals a matter of supply and demand

October 1, 2000
The Report: October 2000 vol.21 num.5 by FRED MCLEOD Our free market is driven by the principle of supply and demand. If the supply is greater than the demand then the price will go down and when the demand is greater than the supply the price will increase.

Validity of HSA's certifications upheld by Labour Board

October 1, 2000
The Report: October 2000 vol.21 num.5 by RICK LAMPSHIRE A recent Labour Relations Board (LRB) decision suggests the LRB may likely follow a rational approach to health care bargaining in the future - instead of maximizing the confusion caused by the Health Authorities Act, as advocated by some. This decision - British Columbia Society of Clinical Perfusion, BCLRB - upheld earlier rulings confirming the validity of HSAs certifications for certain employees. 

Health science professionals identify wages as top bargaining priority for 2001

September 22, 2000
A wage increase will be the top priority when BC's 10,000 health science professionals head to the bargaining table early next year. Cindy Stewart, President of the Health Sciences Association of BC (HSA) says that members of her union sent a clear message during the union's three-day bargaining conference held this week in Vancouver.

Therapy professionals: sorely needed and irreplaceable

August 1, 2000
The Report: August / September 2000 vol.21 num.4 by YUKIE KURAHASHI Its time that health professionals in therapy, counselling, and rehabilitation receive recognition for the skills, training and expertise that they bring to their jobs. This expertise can often makes a real difference with respect to health outcomes and a patients quality of life. Thats the message HSA is sending out as part of an awareness campaign on therapy and rehabilitation services.

Recreation therapist rides for lung research

August 1, 2000
The Report: August / September 2000 vol.21 num.4 by YUKIE KURAHASHI How far would you go to help cure lung diseases? How about 5000 kilometres, across North America? On a bike? Thats what Recreation Therapist Cindy Bouvet is doing right now, as this magazine goes to press. She is taking part in The Big Ride Across America, joining a group of 250 cyclists from across Canada and the US, who are raising awareness and funds for lung health across North America.

Members win fight to keep services for youth at risk

August 1, 2000
The Report: August / September 2000 vol.21 num.4 by YUKIE KURAHASHI When the Salvation Army decided to close Wiseman House last fall, HSA members acted quickly to secure assurances that the program would stay open until the spring. Labour Relations Officer Josef Rieder said this allowed the program to continue for a while, and also allowed our members to explore their options where appropriate.