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Vancouver/Richmond adopts ROARS report

September 1, 1998
The Report: September 1998 vol.19 num.2 The Vancouver/Richmond Health Board knows the value of front-line careproviders. Human resources issues were identified as a key factor in the review of acuteand rehabilitation services (ROARS), which was adopted by the health board at their Julymeeting.

Paragon Orthotics employees celebrate bargaining victory

September 1, 1998
The Report: September 1998 vol.19 num.2 HSA members at Paragon Orthotics in Victoria have ratified a newcollective agreement ending a bitter eight-day labour dispute that saw the employer, Dr.Glenn Cornwell, make several attempts to intimidate workers. Despite difficultnegotiations, HSA members achieved a deal that reflects the significant contribution theyhave made to the companys success.

HSA activists celebrate their "strength, size and attitude" as part of Big Dance

September 1, 1998
The Report: September 1998 vol.19 num.2 by REBECCA MAURER A dance troupe in Victoria that -celebrates large womensstrength, size and attitude" is proving that you dont need to be young andwaiflike to participate in the dance world. -Big Dance," founded by performer and choreographer LyndaRaino, is a group of eight large-sized women. The troupe performs modern dance piecesaround the province, and two of the dancers ... Jude Marleau and Susan Richings ...are HSA members.

HSA members question changes to screening mammography guidelines

September 1, 1998
The Report: September 1998 vol.19 num.2 by REBECCA MAURER Recent changes to the Screening Mammography Program of BC have raisedconcerns among many HSA members. As a union, HSA has a unique perspective on the changes;not only is the unions membership 90 per cent female, but HSA represents themammographers who provide this important service on a daily basis.

When you can apply for long-term disability benefits

September 1, 1998
The Report: September 1998 vol.19 num.2 by SARAH O'LEARY

Issue of levelling holding up talks at paramedical table

July 1, 1998
The Report: July / August 1998 vol.19 num.1 A major hurdle at the paramedical professional bargainingtable is the issue of levelling. For months, members of the bargaining committee have beentrying to get the employer to address levelling issues left over from the 1996negotiations.

Community social services group bargaining conference an historic first

July 1, 1998
The Report: July / August 1998 vol.19 num.1 HSA members from CSSEA facilities held their first-ever bargainingproposal conference May 6 and 7 in Vancouver. The conference provided an opportunity forHSA members who work in the community social services sector to compare wage and benefitprovisions and develop proposals for group bargaining.

Superannuation vesting rules change

July 1, 1998
The Report: July / August 1998 vol.19 num.1 Effective January 1, 1998, Municipal Pension Plan members will bevested for all pensionable service ("fully vested") with two years ofcontributory service or five years of continuous employment, whichever comes first. Theywill be locked-in for post-1992 service only.

Residential care worker gives his all to clients <u>and</u> union

July 1, 1998
The Report: July / August 1998 vol.19 num.1 by DAN KEETON Raj Dhillon is what you might call the quintessential trade unionactivist, taking a leading role in two of the three unions in which he holds memberships. As an HSA member, Raj cares for people with severe mental and physicalhandicaps at Archway, a group home run by Peace Arch Community Services (PACS). Since thehome certified with HSA in March last year, Raj has been up to his neck in union duties.

Convention 1998: Looking ahead

July 1, 1998
The Report: July / August 1998 vol.19 num.1 More than 250 delegates packed HSAs 27th Annual Convention May28-30, making it the largest on record and demonstrating the continued growth of theunion. Many were attending for the first time, representing workers in thehealth and social service sectors, and reflecting the unions successful organizingefforts.