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When do I have the right to refuse unsafe work?

July 1, 1998
The Report: July / August 1998 vol.19 num.1 by RACHEL NOTLEY

Conventions: an important democratic tradition

May 1, 1998
The Report: May / June 1998 vol.18 num.8 by CINDY STEWART Annual Convention is an opportunity to meet with the many friends whoare committed to advancing our union, and a time to participate in the supreme governingbody of our union. As I write this, the convention is five weeks away, but we will be inthe middle of the proceedings when The Report bearing this column is distributed.

New regulations in effect April 15

May 1, 1998
The Report: May / June 1998 vol.18 num.8 by RACHEL NOTLEY April 15, 1998 was the culmination of over five years of work by labouractivists committed to improving health and safety for BC workers. Thats because thefirst major revision of BCs health and safety regulation since 1970 came into effecton that day and workers can now rely on the enhanced health and safety protection providedthrough the new regulations.

Changes to EI pose concerns for HSA members

May 1, 1998
The Report: May / June 1998 vol.18 num.8 by DAN KEETON Workers hoping to collect maternity benefits face a threat from recentchanges to Employment Insurance - formerly, Unemployment Insurance. The changes might alsoadversely affect members applying for SUB benefits under the HEABC collective agreement,although a union committee is working to increase eligibility for SUB benefits.

Can I go on long-term disability during my childs grave, lengthy illness?

May 1, 1998
The Report: May / June 1998 vol.18 num.8 by SARAH O'LEARY

Histotechnologist's work honoured in award

May 1, 1998
The Report: May / June 1998 vol.18 num.8 by DAN KEETON Okay, heres a test. How fast can you say histotechnologist? Forthat matter, do you know what it is? Its a health sciences profession, of course, and it involves thetesting of human tissue for signs of disease. Its also a word that has an aura ofaccomplishment and pride about it for lab worker and HSA member Janet Tunnicliffe.

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March 31, 1998
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Never a dull moment in Region 3

March 1, 1998
The Report: March / April 1998 vol.18 num.7 by CHERYL GREENHALGH Greetings from Region 3. We are HSA members working in almost 40different facilities located on the North Shore and in the cities from Burnaby to MapleRidge. As in other regions, the past year has not been a boring one.

Counsellor praises move to HSA

March 1, 1998
The Report: March / April 1998 vol.18 num.7 by DAN KEETON Wedlidi Speck couldn’t get enthused about the drive to unionize his work place. Infact, the counsellorat the John Howard Society in Courtenay was downright opposed to it. It was an unusual beginning for someone who now takes an active role in his union. Infact, Speck, a nine-year veteran, helped negotiate the bargaining unit’s firstcollective agreement. A counsellor who uses both conventional and First Nations methods in his work, Speckapplied a live-and-let-live approach to the unionization drive.

Good news for long-term LTD recipients wishing to return to work

March 1, 1998
The Report: March / April 1998 vol.18 num.7 The Return to Work fund provides up to $10,000 to successful applicantsfrom the major health care unions, including HSA. The $150,000 fund is open to those onLTD or those waiting for LTD benefits and who wish to return to work but face some kind ofbarrier.