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Protecting health care is key priority

The Report: December 2009 vol.30 num.5


elegates to the 2009 HSA Health Science Professionals Bargaining Proposal Conference, held in Vancouver November 8-10, have specifically identified -protecting quality health care" as one of the top priorities for bargaining.

Code Pink

The Report: December 2009 vol.30 num.5

HSA MEMBERS ARE PROTECTING CO-WORKERS FROM BULLYING

IMAGINE A WORKPLACE where all employees feel valued and respected by an employer who cares about their wellbeing. An inclusive environment where ideas are openly expressed and differences honored. A world of teamwork, clear communication, and harmony.

If that doesnt sound like your workplace, statistics say you arent alone.

Community builder

The Report: December 2009 vol.30 num.5

SOCIAL WORKER DARWIN WREN BELIEVES IN GETTING INVOLVED

by LAURA BUSHEIKIN

FOR SUCH A BUSY MAN, HSA member Darwin Wren comes across as remarkably calm. Perhaps thats because hes very clear about what is at the heart of his many different activities. -Building community is what it is all about," he says. -I really love helping people, advocating, and making my community a healthier place."

Champion for children

The Report: December 2009 vol.30 num.5

INFANT DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM SUPERVISOR MICHAELA WOOLDRIDGE'S JOB JUST GOT HARDER

Short-term cuts are no way to reduce costs

The Report: December 2009 vol.30 num.5

THE BC GOVERNMENT SAYS TIMES ARE TOUGH; savings must be found and wages must be frozen so that every penny can be used to protect health care services for patients.

Sounds nice, but it doesnt make any sense.

The fact is that this government is cutting deeply into the health services they promised to protect, and furthermore, those cuts arent going to save money at all.

Breakthrough ruling on multiple-chemical sensitivities

The Report: October / November 2009 vol.30 num.4

Appeal ruling recognizes condition affecting people exposed to workplace chemicals

LENORE WAS SHOPPING AT RONA with her husband when it happened. She cant remember the details, but she blacked out completely, and later was found wandering around in a confused state. Staff paged her husband to come help her.

Whistleblower comes to BC

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The Report: October / November 2009 vol.30 num.4

LABORATORY TECHNOLOGIST KELLY LEWIS STOOD UP FOR PATIENT CARE IN ALBERTA

by LAURA BUSHEIKIN

HSA MEMBER KELLY LEWIS has no hesitation about describing herself as a -squawker." In fact, shes proud to be someone who speaks out when she sees an injustice.

-If I think somethings not right, Ill stand up and say its not fair," she says.

Award recognizes leader in her field

The Report: October / November 2009 vol.30 num.4

CYTOGENETIC TECHNOLOGIST CHRISTINE HAESSIG

by LAURA BUSHEIKIN

-THE VERY FIRST TIME I looked down a microscope I was immediately very interested," says HSA member Christine Haessig. -From an early age, I always knew I was going to go to university and have a career in the scientific field."

When the going gets tough...

The Report: October / November 2009 vol.30 num.4

LIKE THE PATIENTS AND CLIENTS we serve all across British Columbia, HSA members are facing some big challenges this fall. Travelling to meet with members at this years round of regional meetings, Ive had a chance to hear about these first hand.