News & Updates

The Report: December 2003 vol.24 num.6 by JEANNE MEYERS SAs legal department has been working actively in the past year to support the work of the labour relations department. While HSA has tried to find labour relations solutions wherever possible, in the current climate, we are experiencing an approach by the Health Employers Association of BC, some Health Authorities and...

The Report: December 2003 vol.24 num.6 by CINDY STEWART n November 3, the Fraser Health Authority announced that St. Marys Hospital in New Westminster will be closing. Well, actually, not exactly. The Fraser Health Authority said it will no longer purchase services from the hospital and that the future of St. Marys will be decided by the Saint Marys Board...

The Report: December 2003 vol.24 num.6 by SARAH O'LEARY he Supreme Court of Canada brought down a landmark decision for workers on October 3, 2003, one that has been 10 years in the works. The entire labour and injured-worker community had been eagerly awaiting this decision ... and the courts have ruled firmly in favour of injured employees and their...

The Report: December 2003 vol.24 num.6 by CAROL RIVIERE he Union Bargaining Association (UBA) and the Community Social Services Employers Association (CSSEA), began talks during the first week of October to negotiate a new collective agreement covering nearly 15,000 workers in the community social services sector. Talks have proceeded slowly and cautiously in this very complex round of bargaining in...

The Report: December 2003 vol.24 num.6 SA members at St. Pauls Hospital in downtown Vancouver are becoming increasingly concerned about violence in their workplace. For example, employees working in the hospitals emergency department ... especially in the psychiatric emergency unit ... deal with violent incidents on a daily basis. What is violence? The Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Regulation, section...

All stewards are encouraged to apply for steward training to ensure they have the skills required to effectively fulfill their crucial roles representing HSA memebers. The following dates have been set for Steward Training Level I (basic steward training) and Occupational Health and Safety steward training: Steward Training Level I Dates: Workshop 1 February 2, 3, 4 ("*CANCELLED"*) Workshop 2...

The Report: October 2003 vol.24 num.5 by YUKIE KURAHASHI lex Finley figures she has been x-rayed “about five million times.” Finley became familiar with x-rays and radiography early in life, when she was diagnosed with scoliosis. Alex Finley Radiographer Mount St. Joseph's Hospital But she didn’t let it slow her down. “I was in my early 20s when I had...

The Report: October 2003 vol.24 num.5 by DAN KEETON ts a bucolic setting and so remote: by the urban standards of most Canadians, it would seem working a shift in Queen Charlotte Islands Hospital would be a cakewalk. Derek Barton Chief steward & X-ray technologist Queen Charlotte Islands Hospital Not so, says Derek Barton. The x-ray technologist at the hospitals...

The Report: October 2003 vol.24 num.5 by RITU MAHIL I will be retiring soon from my employment. Article 34 of the Collective Agreement describes health and welfare coverage as a condition of employment for regular employees and states that the plan becomes effective on the 1st of the calendar month following the date of hire. My retirement date falls mid...