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Common values make HSA strong

July 1, 1999
The Report: July 1999 vol.20 num.1 Over 250 delegates rose to their feet at HSAs 28th Annual Convention, after acclaiming Cindy Stewart as President of the Health Sciences Association for a fourth term.

Summer brings new challenges for HSA

July 1, 1999
The Report: July 1999 vol.20 num.1 by CINDY STEWART I write this on the first day of summer: June 21. When I began my work on the Executive of HSA, first as a Board member, then as President, I heard rumours that ‘things slowed down in the summer, affording a breather from the hectic pace maintained throughout the rest of the year. I wait patiently for one of those summers.

Lesbian, bisexual and gay network established

July 1, 1999
The Report: July 1999 vol.20 num.1 At convention this year, lesbian, bisexual and gay delegates and their supporters established an informal network to keep in touch on issues affecting them in the workplace, within the context of union activism. The network is facilitated by HSAs Equality of Rights Committee.

Health Sciences Association condemns cuts to services for kids with specials needs

June 9, 1999
Union says 1.5 per cent cut could lead to longer waiting lists The union that represents pre-school teachers and therapists who work with children with special needs, has added its voice to those who say that cuts by the Ministry for Children and Families could lead to even longer waiting lists for children who require therapy.

Tentative settlement reached in community social services sector

May 29, 1999
A plan to end wage and benefit discrimination, employment security and protection of contracts through successorship are key elements of a tentative settlement reached late last night between the four unions representing 10,000 community social services workers and the Community Social Services Employers' Association.

Talks resume Monday

May 14, 1999
The four unions representing 10,000 striking community social services workers have agreed to return to the bargaining table on Monday, May 17, 1999 in an effort to reach a contract settlement. The unions agreed to resume bargaining at the request of mediator/facilitator Don Munroe, who advised them that he has had extensive discussions with the unions and the employers' bargaining representative over the last two weeks and believes the conditions are right for both sides to re-engage in the process of collective bargaining.

Striking community social services workers demand government action

May 13, 1999
Over 1,000 angry community social services workers rallied in downtown Vancouver today, demanding the government make good on its promises to end wage and benefit discrimination against 10,000 workers in this sector.

Striking community social services workers to rally in Vancouver

May 12, 1999
MEDIA ADVISORY Striking community social services workers, angry and frustrated at the government's continued refusal to end wage and benefit discrimination in the sector, will hold a noon-hour rally tomorrow, May 13, in Vancouver. The rally will be held:12 noonThursday, May 13, 1999Library Square (southwest corner at Homer and Robson)

Unions charge CSSEA with unfair labour practice for withholding costing information

May 7, 1999
The four unions representing 10,000 striking community social services workers are charging the employers' bargaining representatives with bargaining in bad faith for withholding costing information. The B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union, Canadian Union of Public Employees, Hospital Employees' Union and Health Sciences Association filed an unfair labour practice complaint today with the Labour Relations Board against the Public Sector Employers' Council (PSEC) and Community Social Services Employers' Association (CSSEA).

National Union pledges $5 million strike fund to striking community social services workers

May 5, 1999
Striking community social services workers belonging to the B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union and Health Sciences Association got a boost from their national union yesterday. The 320,000-member National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is putting its $5 million strike fund at the disposal of the striking workers, should they need it. The BCGEU and HSA are components of NUPGE.