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HSA fights layoffs at GF Strong

June 1, 2000
The Report: June / July 2000 vol.21 num.3 by YUKIE KURAHASHI HSA is fighting to stop proposed layoffs at GF Strongs Prosthetics and Orthotics Services Lab. The Prosthetics and Orthotics Service provides a comprehensive program where medical specialists, orthotists, prosthetists, technicians, and physical and occupational therapists work together to provide the client with the device that will give the best possible function. 

Helping therapists choose the right equipment

June 1, 2000
The Report: June / July 2000 vol.21 num.3 by YUKIE KURAHASHI While on a three-month fact-finding mission several years ago, GF Strong Physiotherapist Ian Denison realized that it is difficult for most therapists to keep up to date on various equipment options for their patients. "It was very evident that clinicians working in the community, and even in the smaller facilities, werent able to keep up to speed on what equipment was available," Denison said. 

Klein's Bill 11 galvanizes health care activists

June 1, 2000
The Report: June / July 2000 vol.21 num.3 by CINDY STEWART All eyes are on Alberta and the impact of Bill 11, the controversial health care legislation that passed third reading on May 11. I was attending the HSA Alberta Annual Convention the day following the Bills final reading and had the opportunity to hear directly from those who are working in the system. 

HSA welcomes new members

June 1, 2000
The Report: June / July 2000 vol.21 num.3 Downtown Blanshard Advisory CommitteeWelcome! to 51 new members at the Downtown Blanshard Advisory Committee, a Community Social Services facility.  Our new members work at nine sites in Victoria, and offer various family and community service programs. They work as youth and family counsellors, after school care workers, administrative assistants, outreach workers, child minders, and instructors / counsellors. 

Workplace rules

June 1, 2000
The Report: June / July 2000 vol.21 num.3 What are appropriate rules for the workplace? My employer wants to impose new rules that seem unreasonable to me. Are we required to comply?

Preventing injuries and supporting the injured

April 1, 2000
The Report: April / May 2000 vol.21 num.2 If you are ever injured on the job, these are the people you need to know. Rachel Notley and Carol Riviere are HSAs WCB Officers. Should you ever have problems with your claim, they are there to help you, up to and including appealing a Workers Compensation Board decision.

Organizing the unorganized

April 1, 2000
The Report: April / May 2000 vol.21 num.2 Sometimes, being a union organizer can be hard work, but it can also be one of the most satisfying and enjoyable jobs in the HSA office. Janice Davis, HSAs Organizer, enjoys every minute of her job.  Often, non-union employees contact her directly to seek advice on how they can join HSA. But sometimes, she meets with employees who are uncertain about joining a union and want information about the benefits of a unionized workplace. 

What should you do if you get sick or are injured at work?

April 1, 2000
The Report: April / May 2000 vol.21 num.2 by RACHEL NOTLEY Although you may think it will never happen to you, 7,000 health care workers were injured or got sick on the job last year alone. Health care workers have the highest rate of injury in BC, and HSA members are no exception. In either case, there are benefits available beyond those directly provided by the employer and it is important to know what those benefits are and how they are obtained.

How to apply for Long Term Disability

April 1, 2000
The Report: April / May 2000 vol.21 num.2 by ALISON HIETANEN and CINDY STEWART What happens if you are injured so severely that you are not able to work for an extended period of time? What do you do if you develop an illness or condition caused by your work, so that you are no longer able to work?

HSA helps put the brakes on program management

April 1, 2000
The Report: April / May 2000 vol.21 num.2 by PAM BUSH and REBECCA MAURER HSA members in the Capital Health Region have helped put the brakes on a plan by their employer to introduce an extreme form of program management.