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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.

Health professionals call for national strategy on shortages

June 30, 2000
VANCOUVER - An interprovincial meeting of unions representing more than 75,000 health care professionals wrapped up an annual two-today conference today by calling for a national strategy to address the Canada-wide shortage of health professionals and the growing trend toward privatization.

BC's health unions demonstrate against private health care

June 14, 2000
Joint news release from HEU, BCNU, BCGEU and HSA Health care workers and other medicare advocates in B.C. joined thousands of demonstrators across Canada today to demand immediate action by Ottawa to stop privatization of medicare. -We are on the brink of Canadas biggest medical emergency ever," Jim Sinclair, president of the B.C. Federation of Labour, warned a huge crowd outside the provincial Ministry of Health building in Victoria.

HSA scores victory over workplace harassment

June 1, 2000
The Report: June / July 2000 vol.21 num.3 by YUKIE KURAHASHI HSA has won a significant Workers' Compensation Board appeal, marking one of the first times the WCB has recognized psychological disability caused by workplace harassment for union activity. The WCB initially rejected the claim of the former HSA chief steward, who developed a disabling depression due to extensive and prolonged personal harassment by the executive director of the small facility where she worked. 

Unions win fight to keep Magnolia House open

June 1, 2000
The Report: June / July 2000 vol.21 num.3 by YUKIE KURAHASHI When the management of Magnolia House announced last year that they would be closing the North Vancouver facility, the employees - including twelve HSA members - thought they would be losing their jobs.  In fact, they were issued lay-off notices in April, and many workers had already started the process of displacement job-matching through the Healthcare Labour Adjustment Agency.