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Safety Update #4

May 5, 2014
In this issue:

Why a day of mourning?

April 25, 2014
Unions are about more than decent jobs for workers. The labour movement also works to make workplaces safe for everyone. Yet, each year thousands of Canadians are killed or injured on the job or die from work-related diseases. In 2012, 979 Canadians died because of their work, but we know the numbers are higher because official figures only capture those who received workers’ compensation benefits. Hundreds more die from under-reported illnesses and occupational diseases that go unrecognized in the compensation systems.

North American Occupational Safety & Health Week (NAOSH)

April 24, 2014
Safety Week this year is from May 4 to 10.  HSA chapters are encouraged to organize or participate in Safety Week activities planned for your sites. These events are usually organized by the facility Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committees and provide a great opportunity to profile the role of your Committee in your workplace.

OH&S Conference

April 24, 2014
This conference is open to any HSA member representing the union on a Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committee.  Wage loss, travel and hotel costs will be covered according to HSA policies. On-line registration is open until midnight, Sunday, May 25 The proposed agenda is as follows: DAY 1:  Monday, June 16th

HSA set to represent registered psychiatric nurses at Nurses Bargaining Association contract talks

April 15, 2014
HSA will be at the bargaining table May 15 to represent the interests of registered psychiatric nurses as the Nurses Bargaining Association kicks off contract talks. HSA will be represented at the table by Larry Bryan, an RPN at Haro Park Centre and a member of the Provincial Occupational Health, Safety and Violence Prevention Committee, and a member of the Provincial Violence Prevention Curriculum Working Group. Also representing RPNs will be experienced negotiator Dani Demetlika, a senior labour relations officer at HSA. The contract expired March 31.

Val Avery elected HSA president at union's annual convention

April 14, 2014
Delegates to HSA’s 43nd annual convention this past weekend elected Val Avery as president, and debated resolutions that continue building on the union’s founding. In her report to delegates, Avery ,a physiotherapist at Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria,  said HSA members have an opportunity to regroup, build on the union’s capacity, and connect with members in their worksites. Avery first became president in September 2013, after the resignation of the former president.

Arbitrators rule implementation of 37.5 hour work week inconsistent

April 11, 2014
Work needed to complete files to include in expedited hearing process Employers who failed to follow a fair and negotiated process for a transition to the 37.5 hour work week will have to start over, thanks to a decision by arbitrators Vince Ready and Corinn Bell.

Day of Mourning - April 28, 2014

April 2, 2014
Across Canada, April 28 has been designated the Day of Mourning, a time when workers, families, employers and others come together to remember those who have lost their lives to work-related incidents or occupational diseases.

Care providers and family members share stories at HSA mental health forum

April 1, 2014
HSA president Val Avery listens to Ingrid Sochting, an HSA member and chief psychologist for Richmond mental health outpatient services.   HSA marked yesterday's expiry of the Canadian Health Accord with a public forum on mental health services.