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Fighting to protect and enhance HSA's classification system

The Report: June / July 2000 vol.21 num.3

HSA Classifications staff are responsible for the myriad issues that flow from negotiating, implementing, and administrating the classifications systems of four master collective agreements: the Paramedical Professional Collective Agreement, the Nurses Collective Agreement, the Health Services and Support Community Subsector Agreement, and the Community Social Services Collective Agreement.

On-call research to continue

The Report: June / July 2000 vol.21 num.3


The Occupational Health and Safety Agency for Healthcare has approved $10,000 for HSA to continue research relating to on-call work. 

Last fall, HSA retained a PhD candidate from UBC to conduct a literature search on the issue of on-call work.

Unions win fight to keep Magnolia House open

The Report: June / July 2000 vol.21 num.3


When the management of Magnolia House announced last year that they would be closing the North Vancouver facility, the employees - including twelve HSA members - thought they would be losing their jobs. 

In fact, they were issued lay-off notices in April, and many workers had already started the process of displacement job-matching through the Healthcare Labour Adjustment Agency. 

HSA scores victory over workplace harassment

The Report: June / July 2000 vol.21 num.3


HSA has won a significant Workers' Compensation Board appeal, marking one of the first times the WCB has recognized psychological disability caused by workplace harassment for union activity.

The WCB initially rejected the claim of the former HSA chief steward, who developed a disabling depression due to extensive and prolonged personal harassment by the executive director of the small facility where she worked. 

Education leave

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


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.