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December 7, 2015
HSA REPORT MAGAZINE, DECEMBER 2015 When laboratory technologist John Bhullar was first asked to consider taking over the work of a retired steward, he thought he wasn't up for the job.

A focus on stewards

December 7, 2015
HSA REPORT MAGAZINE, DECEMBER 2015 BY VAL AVERY, PRESIDENT, HSA For most members, their first contact with our union is through a steward.

Child development professionals mobilize to seek funding for kids in need

December 3, 2015
HSA REPORT MAGAZINE, DECEMBER 2015 Children with disabilities face a lot of challenges, but with support in the early years, many can overcome barriers and achieve their full potential.

OHS: Break the silence on violence

December 3, 2015
HSA REPORT MAGAZINE, DECEMBER 2015 BY DAVID DURNING, HSA OHS OFFICER A recent survey of emergency department staff at Abbotsford Regional Hospital indicated that more than half of those who had recently experienced violence on the job didn't report those events.

Doris Peters, mental health clinician

December 3, 2015
HSA REPORT MAGAZINE, DECEMBER 2015 BY LAURA BUSHEIKIN "Just what is our union doing for us?" This was the question that set HSA member Doris Peters down a path that led, surprisingly quickly, to becoming a chief steward in June of last year.

National meeting addresses community social service concerns

December 2, 2015
HSA'S Heather Maschek, Heidi Coates, Stasia Hasumi and Anne Davis were among the many community social service workers who met in Ottawa. HSA REPORT MAGAZINE, DECEMBER 2015

Change at the top

December 1, 2015
HSA REPORT MAGAZINE, DECEMBER 2015 On October 19th, Canadians soundly rejected the Harper Conservatives' refusal to provide federal leadership on health care. Instead, we elected a majority Liberal government which made important promises during the election campaign to improve Canada's public health care system.

Are sick leave credits affected by upcoming changes?

December 1, 2015
HSA REPORT MAGAZINE, DECEMBER 2015 BY DENNIS BLATCHFORD, HSA PENSIONS AND BENEFITS ADVOCATE I am planning to retire sometime next year and am wondering if the formation of the new benefit plan will have any bearing on my retirement benefits?

"I was bullied by BCNU"

September 23, 2015
HSA REPORT MAGAZINE, OCTOBER 2015 "It got so bad I started to think about moving. I thought, If this is the way they were behaving towards me now, what were they going to be like if they were my union and I depended on them to represent me?" Jenny Orriss is calm and articulate when she tells the story, but you can sense her frustration, her anxiety. More than anything, you sense her strength.

36 billion and 12 reasons to vote for change

September 23, 2015
HSA REPORT MAGAZINE, OCTOBER 2015 1. WE NEED A GOVERNMENT THAT CARES ABOUT PUBLIC HEALTH CARE A $36 BILLION CUT TO HEALTH CARE In 2014, the Health Accord, an agreement between the federal government and the provinces that ensures equal access, proper funding, and high standards for health care in Canada, expired. The provinces are asking for a new Accord, but the federal government has refused to strike a new deal. Instead, the Harper Conservatives plan to cut $36 billion in health care funding after the election.

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