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Federal government seeks privatization of health care, education

November 1, 1999
The Report: November / December 1999 vol.20 num.4 by MURRAY DOBBIN The arcane world of trade and investment agreements is not known for its poeticlanguage, but there are exceptions. Promoters of the World Trade Organiztion (WTO) comparemembership in the organization to Ulysses tying himself to the mast of his ship soas not to succumb to the call of the Sirens.

Bargaining association demands action on levelling money

October 1, 1999
The Report: October / November 1999 vol.20 num.3 The Paramedical Professional Bargaining Association is demanding that the provincialgovernment intervene in the on-going dispute between the unions and the employer overlevelling money. Although the paramedical collective agreement was ratified more than eight months ago,many union members are still waiting to receive the levelling money awarded in thecontract.

Life Quilt a legacy of hope and healing

October 1, 1999
The Report: October / November 1999 vol.20 num.3 On October 24, 1999, the Life Quilt for Breast Cancer was unveiled in its entirety– a dream fulfilled for the woman who first conceived of it five years ago, and whosepersonal odyssey with breast cancer continues to inspire Canadians from coast to coast.

The grievance process: part 2

October 1, 1999
The Report: October / November 1999 vol.20 num.3 by SARAH O'LEARY This is part two in a series about the grievance and arbitration process. In mylast article I discussed the steps to follow when an issue arises which concerns you inyour workplace. I suggested that it would be advisable to have your steward present whenyou meet with your employer at step one to have initial discussions about your concern.

HSA: hard at work for each and every member

October 1, 1999
The Report: October / November 1999 vol.20 num.3 by RICK LAMPSHIRE There is a common misconception held by many that once a contract is ratified,negotiations are concluded. That is not the case. The activities that flow from theParamedical Professional table illustrate how the process of negotiations continues wellbeyond the ratification date.

Representing HSA members takes many forms

October 1, 1999
The Report: October / November 1999 vol.20 num.3 by CINDY STEWART In recent years, government relations has become an important part of representing theinterests of HSA members.

Daughter of HSA member wins NUPGE scholarship

October 1, 1999
The Report: October / November 1999 vol.20 num.3 For the second year running, a student has won NUPGEs visible minoritiesscholarship through HSAs affiliation to the National Union. Each year, the National Union of Public and General Employees offers four scholarshipsthat reflect its pursuit of equal opportunity for all workers. These scholarships are opento the children of NUPGEs 320,000 members who are seeking a post-secondaryeducation.

What's up and what's not with union actions and grievances

October 1, 1999
The Report: October / November 1999 vol.20 num.3 ENPs get new wage rate  HSA welcomed approximately 35 Electroneurophysiologists (ENPs) into the union inDecember 1996, when they were deemed paramedical professionals following an application tothe Labour Board under Bill 48. On September 30, HSA and the Health Employers Association of BC (HEABC) finally reachedagreement on the placement of these ENPs into the paramedical professional collectiveagreement.

WTO talks a threat to medicare

October 1, 1999
The Report: October / November 1999 vol.20 num.3 Canadas health care system is once again at risk as the -MilleniumRound" of trade talks begins on November 30. Government leaders from around the worldwill be meeting in Seattle for the World Trade Organizations Third MinisterialConference. This round of negotiations will include discussions on expanding the General Agreementon Trade in Services, and the United States and other countries are pushing hard to havehealth and social services included in these discussions.

New legislation gives workers greater say over pensions

August 1, 1999
The Report: August 1999 vol.20 num.2 On July 5, the provincial government introduced legislation that will, for the firsttime, give working people a direct say in how their pension plans are run.