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UI fund misused by Chrétien government

February 1, 1999
The Report: February / March 1999 vol.19 num.6 Heres how the unemployed paid down the federaldeficit by KEVIN HAYES Unemployment Insurance is at the heart of the Chrétiengovernments fiscal strategy. Cuts in UI benefits account for over half of thereduction in program expenditures since Paul Martins first budget in 1994.

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

February 1, 1999
The Report: February / March 1999 vol.19 num.6 Y2K bug = vacation ban?  Some health employers have stated recently that they will be banningall vacations for employees from December 31, 1999 to March 15, 2000. The employers arguethat the potential effects of a Y2K disaster on health care delivery warrants this move,and that health facilities may need staff available to institute manual systems in case ofa system crash.

Looking back: founding HSA member wins big at end of rewarding career

February 1, 1999
The Report: February / March 1999 vol.19 num.6 by YUKIE KURAHASHI In 1971, Pat Holisky was instrumental in the formation of HSA as aunion to represent the rights of paramedical professionals in the workplace. Twenty-eightyears later ... as she retires ... HSA was able to pay back a big debt of gratitude,with a significant settlement of a longstanding policy grievance.

Peer counselling: a comforting alternative

February 1, 1999
The Report: February / March 1999 vol.19 num.6 by LYN BLENKINSOP In September of 1997, I was fortunate enough to be chosen as one of 16health care workers, and one of five HSA members, to be trained by the Healthcare LabourAdjustment Agency to deliver peer counselling services to employees who have beendisplaced, threatened with future displacement or affected by changing skill requirements.

HSA extends warm welcome to clinical perfusionists

February 1, 1999
The Report: February / March 1999 vol.19 num.6 by CINDY STEWART

Members win with new paramedical contract

February 1, 1999
The Report: February / March 1999 vol.19 num.6 by RICK LAMPSHIRE

Bargaining association recommends acceptance of mediator's report

January 28, 1999
British Columbia's 10,000 paramedical professionals will be urged to vote in favour of Mediator Brian Foley's report recommending terms of settlement for a collective agreement between the Paramedical Professional Bargaining Association and the Health Employers' Association of BC. Cindy Stewart, President of the Health Sciences Association of BC (HSA) which represents approximately 90 per cent of paramedical professionals, says the bargaining association has concluded that Mr. Foley's report is fair and balanced.

Mediator's report delayed until January 27

January 20, 1999
Mediator Brian Foley has advised the Paramedical Professional Bargaining Association that his report recommending terms of settlement for a collective agreement will not be released this afternoon as planned. Mr. Foley will release his report in one week, on Wednesday, January 27. In a letter to the unions and employers, Mr. Foley said that he requires more time to give due consideration to the positions put forward by both parties.

Paramedical professionals return to the bargaining table

January 14, 1999
The Paramedical Professional Bargaining Association announced this afternoon that they will return to the bargaining table Friday, January 15. The announcement came in response to a request by Labour Minister Dale Lovick that the unions and employers return the table with Mediator Brian Foley. "We have agreed to continue mediated talks," said Cindy Stewart, President of the Health Sciences Association of BC. "We have also agreed to Mr. Foley's request that we not escalate job action next week, as long as we are making progress at the bargaining table."

Mediated talks break down

January 8, 1999
Paramedical professionals to begin job action Monday, January 11 Mediated talks between the Paramedical Professional Bargaining Association and the Health Employers' Association of BC broke down this afternoon after the employer presented a revised proposal that fails to address the unions' key bargaining issues and still contains significant concession demands. More than 10,000 paramedical professionals will begin job action on Monday, January 11.