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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.

Parental leave and benefits

The Report: October / November 2009 vol.30 num.3

by JULIO TRUJILLO

I work as a lab tech in a hospital, and Im pregnant. So is my colleague ... shes a registered psychiatric nurse at the same facility. Do we have the same maternity leave benefits?

Yes you do. But, depending on your contract, different groups of HSA members have different parental leave benefits.

Social justice at work in community and home

The Report: October / November 2009 vol.30 num.3

FIGHTING INEQUALITY, WORKING FOR CHANGE

by LAURA BUSHEIKIN

Like many HSA members, Anne Davis is actively engaged in the fight for social justice. But even the unions most passionate activists might be surprised by how hard Davis is working to advance social justice, human rights, labour, and gender equality.

Tending the breath

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The Report: October / November 2009 vol.30 num.3

SAVING LIVES THROUGH RESPIRATORY THERAPY

by LAURA BUSHEIKIN

From the first inspiration of a newborn baby, to the last exhalation of a person at the end of life, breathing defines our existence.

Why are the BC Liberals picking on our kids?

The Report: October / November 2009 vol.30 num.3

SEPTEMBER WAS A DEVASTATING month for parents of children with special needs. First, the Ministry for Children and Family Development announced a dramatic cut in funding for children with autism. But, not to worry, the minister said, the $3-million cut would be replaced with a $1-million referral centre. Programs would be cut, but somehow, the ministry promises, families across the province will have more access to therapies and services for their kids.

Safety at work is first priority

The Report: July / August 2009 vol.30 num.2

SWORN AT, SPIT ON, HIT, BITTEN, STABBED...or worse! None of us accepted a career in health care to endure violence in our work ... but that is the reality of what can happen when you are a health care worker.

Education leave

The Report: July / August 2009 vol.30 num.2

Education leave has always been an important part of the Agreement

by JULIO TRUJILO

I thought I was entitled to Education Leave under Article 17.02 of the health science professionals agreement, but my employer tells me they didnt budget any money for it this year. Is this right?

Award recognizes health and safety leader

The Report: July / August 2009 vol.30 num.2

Radiation technologist Allen Peters will keep advocating for safety in the workplace

by LAURA BUSHEIKIN

ALTHOUGH HE APPRECIATES receiving this years David Bland Award for outstanding advocacy in occupational health and safety, HSA member Allen Peters has no intention of resting on his laurels.

In fact, for Peters, the award was a poignant reminder of the pressing need to keep advocating and educating to make workplaces safer.

A passion for education

The Report: July / August 2009 vol.30 num.2

by LAURA BUSHEIKIN

Medical Radiation Technologist Charmaine Nathan guides students through their practicum year

AS MEDICAL RADIOLOGY clinical educator at St. Pauls Hospital, Charmaine Nathan has a job that fulfills both her passions.