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Your benefits should not be a political football

A MESSAGE FROM JEANNE MEYERS, HSA LABOUR RELATIONS AND LEGAL SERVICES

HSA REPORT, DECEMBER 2013

As this issue of The Report goes to press, the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association has reached a tentative agreement for a renewed contract running from April 1, 2014 to March 31, 2019.

The proposed five-year agreement has a number of elements that I and the bargaining committee believe meet the needs of health science professionals.

An agreement worth supporting

A MESSAGE FROM HSA PRESIDENT VAL AVERY

THE REPORT, DECEMBER 2013

HSA and other unions have been hunkered down in ceaseless and difficult negotiations for almost five years.

The effort has expended enormous resources – resources that we need to focus on helping members deal with their daily workplace challenges.

So when mediators approached HSA and other unions about early negotiations for a five-year deal, we decided to listen.

Edith MacHattie, Occupational Therapist

Edith MacHattie, occupational therapist

HSA REPORT, DECEMBER 2013

BY LAURA BUSHEIKIN

By any standards, Edith MacHattie's job is immensely challenging.

The school-aged children she works with as an Occupational Therapist at Surrey's Centre for Child Development are the most medically complex kids.

Health science members vote on new tentative agreement

HSA REPORT, DECEMBER 2013

In late November, the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association reached a tentative agreement for the 17,000 health science professionals delivering modern health care in BC's hospitals and communities.

OHS: Sometimes there's no time to search the web

THE REPORT: OCTOBER 2013

BY DAVID DURNING
OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY OFFICER

WorkSafeBC has ruled that posters and hard copies of first aid information must be properly posted and readily available to workers throughout FHA work locations.

BACKGROUND

Adesh Kahlon, ultrasound technologist

Adesh Kahlon

THE REPORT: OCTOBER 2013

BY LAURA BUSHEIKIN

Ultrasound technologist Adesh Kahlon knew early on what career path she wanted. And when she got into that career, she knew, with equal clarity, that she wanted to be in a unionized workplace.

2013 HSA Scholarship and Bursary recipients

Melissa Eden, HSA bursary recipient
Melissa Eden used her HSA bursary to complete a Bachelor and Science in Psychology

 

THE REPORT: JULY 2013

"I completed my Bachelor of Science in Psychology last week and am now entering the work force. Thank you for your support it was appreciated and will be put to good use, :)"

"Right to work" laws allows freeloading off your dues

 

THE REPORT: JULY 2013

Major corporations and their political allies in Canada are pushing for the type of "Right to Work" laws found in most of the poorest states in the US.

Such laws make it harder for workers to form a union. They also allow workers in a unionized workplace to opt out of paying dues, while still being entitled to representation by the union and the benefits of contracts negotiated by the union using dues paid by their co-workers.

Member Profile: Jade Shultis, respiratory therapist

Jade Shultis

 

THE REPORT: JULY 2013

Jade Shultis didn't have to work too hard to find her career path.

As a kid, she was fascinated by medical dramas on TV.

"My parents thought I was a bit crazy – an 11-year-old watching Trauma: Life in the E.R.," she says with a laugh. By the time she graduated from high school, Shultis knew not only that she wanted to work in health care, but that she wanted to become a respiratory therapist.