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HSA calls for improved recruitment and retention strategies

October 1, 2000
The Report: October 2000 vol.21 num.5 by YUKIE KURAHASHI If you need a cardiac ultrasound in Prince George, you can expect to wait three months. If you need one in Comox, youll be waiting four months. If you need one in Campbell River or Powell River, youre out of luck- unless youre able to travel to Comox, and join the four-month waiting list. Its hard to imagine waiting that long for a procedure to help diagnose what may be a serious illness.

Safety concerns in your workplace? See your Safety Steward!

October 1, 2000
The Report: October 2000 vol.21 num.5 by RACHEL NOTLEY HSAs hard-working safety stewards have a tough job: working to ensure that their fellow members enjoy a safe, healthy workplace. Please see your safety steward if you have occupational health and safety concerns at your worksite.

Helping share knowledge among members and activists

October 1, 2000
The Report: October 2000 vol.21 num.5 by YUKIE KURAHASHI Are you a new steward, and want to know more about your role? How do you ensure a safe, healthy work environment? Are you a supervisor in the union, and want to know how to avoid abridging the rights of your staff while carrying out your supervisory duties?

Getting the facts to help protect members' rights

October 1, 2000
The Report: October 2000 vol.21 num.5 by YUKIE KURAHASHI As HSAs Researcher, Pam Bush describes her job as "math and politics." Her job is wide-ranging, and varies according to the needs of the union, and current issues in health care.

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 PEARSON If 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.

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.