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What's up and what's not with union organizing and labour relations activities

The Report: April / May 2000 vol.21 num.2

Organizing efforts continue at MDS Vancouver Island

HSA is continuing our efforts to organize over 250 employees at MDS Laboratories on Vancouver Island. These employees include lab technologists, lab assistants, and couriers. They work in analytical labs, as well as in patient service centres, which are community-based specimen collection facilities.

HSA members and activists deserve to be recognized

The Report: April / May 2000 vol.21 num.2


This year, with convention being scheduled for the end of March, HSAs annual cycle is two months shorter then usual. In many contexts, two months may not seem like a long time, but it is significant when a 12-month cycle is tight at the best of times.

Summary of changes to workers' compensation legislation

The Report: April / May 2000 vol.21 num.2

During the past few months, the HSA office has received several inquiries about Bill 14, the new workers compensation legislation that was enacted by the provincial government last year. In response to those questions, HSAs occupational health and safety experts have produced this article, outlining the key changes in the legislation.

HSA helps put the brakes on program management

The Report: April / May 2000 vol.21 num.2


HSA members in the Capital Health Region have helped put the brakes on a plan by their employer to introduce an extreme form of program management.

How to apply for Long Term Disability

The Report: April / May 2000 vol.21 num.2


What happens if you are injured so severely that you are not able to work for an extended period of time? What do you do if you develop an illness or condition caused by your work, so that you are no longer able to work?

What should you do if you get sick or are injured at work?

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Although you may think it will never happen to you, 7,000 health care workers were injured or got sick on the job last year alone. Health care workers have the highest rate of injury in BC, and HSA members are no exception. In either case, there are benefits available beyond those directly provided by the employer and it is important to know what those benefits are and how they are obtained.

Organizing the unorganized

The Report: April / May 2000 vol.21 num.2

Sometimes, being a union organizer can be hard work, but it can also be one of the most satisfying and enjoyable jobs in the HSA office. Janice Davis, HSAs Organizer, enjoys every minute of her job. 

Often, non-union employees contact her directly to seek advice on how they can join HSA. But sometimes, she meets with employees who are uncertain about joining a union and want information about the benefits of a unionized workplace. 

Preventing injuries and supporting the injured

The Report: April / May 2000 vol.21 num.2

If you are ever injured on the job, these are the people you need to know. Rachel Notley and Carol Riviere are HSAs WCB Officers. Should you ever have problems with your claim, they are there to help you, up to and including appealing a Workers Compensation Board decision.

Board highlights for December / January

The Report: February / March 2000 vol.21 num.1

The HSA Board of Directors meets regularly to addressarising and ongoing issues, and to make policy and governing decisions on behalf of HSAmembers.

The HSA Board approved the proposals from consultant Bobbi Noble toupdate HSAs policy and procedures manual. The Board approved the use of $15,000 forthis project.