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Working together to reduce workplace injuries

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

Members identify workload, ergonomics as key issues


Every day, each cytotechnologist at the BC Cancer Agency's Cervical Cancer Screening Program scrutinizes 85 slides, with the knowledge that each slide may carry information that could profoundly affect the life of a woman somewhere in the province.

HSA continues fight for better wages, working conditions

The Report: November / December 2000 vol.21 num.6


The health care system in the Central Vancouver Island Region continues to struggle. We can only hope that the next round of bargaining will bring substantial improvements, for the sake of the public, as well as for health care workers who have been fighting a losing battle to provide quality services under deteriorating work conditions.

Supervisory "due diligence"

The Report: November / December 2000 vol.21 num.6


Does "due diligence" under the revised Workers' Compensation Act increase supervisory responsibility or liability?

Regional Meetings build strength

The Report: November / December 2000 vol.21 num.6


Meeting rooms in nine communities around the province: $5,000.
Members wage replacement: over $50,000.
Hearing first hand from activists about the issues they care about: priceless.

I cant think of a better way to describe how I feel about the importance of the HSA Regional Meetings that are held every fall.

Standing up for members' rights

The Report: November / December 2000 vol.21 num.6

HSAs executive staff are the Executive Director of Labour Relations, Executive Director of Operations, Executive Assistant / Human Resources Coordinator ... and their secretarial support.

Executive Director of Labour Relations
The Executive Director of Labour Relations is one of the two senior executive staff positions in HSA and reports directly to the President.

HSA pharmacists receive prestigious award

The Report: November / December 2000 vol.21 num.6


Most recipients of the coveted Bowl of Hygeia ... the highest honour in pharmacy ... are fairly certain which of their achievements is being recognized by the award. Some may be state senators. Others might be city mayors. Still others might receive the award for devoting their time and talent to various pharmaceutical associations and colleges, or to hospital boards.

An increasingly complex world for HSA members

The Report: November / December 2000 vol.21 num.6


That a policy to improve health care should create so many headaches is ironic. But when the BC Ministry of Health implemented its Better Teamwork Better Care approach through regionalization, it created a tangle of jurisdictional and contractual issues.

Validity of HSA's certifications upheld by Labour Board

The Report: October 2000 vol.21 num.5


A recent Labour Relations Board (LRB) decision suggests the LRB may likely follow a rational approach to health care bargaining in the future - instead of maximizing the confusion caused by the Health Authorities Act, as advocated by some. This decision - British Columbia Society of Clinical Perfusion, BCLRB - upheld earlier rulings confirming the validity of HSAs certifications for certain employees.