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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.

Keeping HSA on track, up and running

August 1, 2000
The Report: August / September 2000 vol.21 num.4 by YUKIE KURAHASHI Administrative SecretariesWithout the Administrative Secretaries, the HSA office would likely grind to a halt. Their daily efforts facilitate the work of the labour relations staff, and HSA members enjoy the result: consistent, quality service.

Health professional shortage demands immediate action

August 1, 2000
The Report: August / September 2000 vol.21 num.4 by CINDY STEWART The shortage of health professionals has reached a crisis point in many BC communities. This problem was recently highlighted in Prince Goerge where physicians and specialists have sounded the alarm about shortages in their field. However, as HSA members know, the problems are beyond the narrow perspective of any one professional discipline.

HSA's support making a difference in El Salvador

August 1, 2000
The Report: August / September 2000 vol.21 num.4 by DAN KEETON When Anabel Salazar toured several clinics around northern Vancouver Island and Victoria recently, she was awed by the level of health care services enjoyed by Canadians. But for the Salvadoran activist, the most memorable experience she will take back to her Central American homeland is "the very friendly people I met."

Discipline grievances

August 1, 2000
The Report: August / September 2000 vol.21 num.4 by JUDITH McCORMACK

Raising awareness for fetal alcohol syndrome

August 1, 2000
The Report: August / September 2000 vol.21 num.4 by DAN KEETON You might say that Karin Cleven takes her work home with her. After a busy day as a supervisor at SHARE Family & Community Services Society, Cleven plows her energies into securing permanent funding for individuals with fetal alcohol syndrome and their families. Clevens experience in counselling sparked her activism and her passion for helping those affected by FAS.