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Workload survey proves members are overworked

The Report: April / May 2001 vol.22 num.2

by DAN KEETON

H SA members at Vernon Jubilee hospital knew they were being seriously overworked. Now, after initiating a survey of members at the facility, they have proof.

The chapter at the Okanagan hospital is also a bit of a Cinderella story. It now has several active stewards and regular union-management meetings to discuss workload and other issues, thanks to a rigorous application of what is called the organizing model of trade unionism.

Wage improvements key to health science professionals' bargaining

The Report: April / May 2001 vol.22 num.2

by MIRIAM SOBRINO

Bargaining for a new collective agreement for 14,000 health science professionals is off to a slow start, with the Health Employers Association of BC clearly reluctant to make any real moves to facilitate negotiations.

In the last week of March, the unions tabled a wage demand, calling for a 30 per cent increase in wages for health science professionals.

Promoting her chosen profession internationally

The Report: January / February 2001 vol.22 num.1

by YUKIE KURAHASHI

Lori Scherer
Ultrasound Technologist
Mission Memorial Hospital

Like many sonographers, Lori Scherer knew she wanted to pursue ultrasound "the minute" she walked into medical imaging. 

Employment Insurance

The Report: January / February 2001 vol.22 num.1

by SARAH O'LEARY

How will the new Employment Insurance provisions affect me?

Membership's resolve will help achieve contract gains

The Report: January / February 2001 vol.22 num.1

by RICK LAMPSHIRE

The collective bargaining process for health science professionals has begun. HSAs bargaining proposal conference held November 15 through 17 was a huge success; participants worked hard, and were prepared to make difficult decisions to identify the priority issues of our membership.

We will present a tight, focused package to the employer, with an emphasis on wages, education, on-call, flexible hours, health and welfare, and mileage. 

A substantial wage increase imperative for health professionals

The Report: January / February 2001 vol.22 num.1

by BRIAN ISBERG

No matter how much the Capital Health Region or any other region amalgamates, consolidates, restructures, reorganizes or regionalizes, it will not get past the underlying fact that there are not enough health science professionals to continue providing quality patient care in the present environment - let alone in one where increased funding for health care is promised.

Members hold the key for bargaining in 2001

The Report: January / February 2001 vol.22 num.1

by CINDY STEWART

Whats it going to take? Hard work and determination on the part of each and every health professional that HSA represents.

Members identify wages as top bargaining priority for 2001

The Report: January / February 2001 vol.22 num.1

In mid-November, when delegates to HSAs paramedical professional bargaining conference sat down to their first day, they faced two immense tasks. The first was examining and evaluating over 600 proposals submitted by members from around the province. The second was narrowing the list of proposals, and setting strategic priorities for bargaining in order to give the bargaining committee a clear mandate for this round of negotiations.

Study finds radiographers at risk

The Report: January / February 2001 vol.22 num.1

by RACHEL NOTLEY

Medical radiation technologists tend to experience symptoms of respiratory illness at a higher rate than do physiotherapists. Thats the conclusion of a recent comparative study by researchers at UBC.