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Equality in the workplace

The Report: November / December 1999 vol.20 num.4

by JUDITH MCCORMICK / CALM

My employer plays favourites. She also discriminates between workers. Is she allowed to do this?

Safety Stewards: working to prevent workplace injuries

The Report: November / December 1999 vol.20 num.4

by RACHEL NOTLEY & YUKIE KURAHASHI

HSA currently enjoys the privilege of having over 200 members who volunteer torepresent their fellow members by advocating for a safe and healthy workplace.

At the same time, however, we also have over 20 facilities that do not currently havesafety stewards. This role is critical, and volunteers are needed.

Children & families urgently need adequate funding

The Report: November / December 1999 vol.20 num.4

by REID JOHNSON

In the spring of this year, the provincial Minister of Health, the Honourable PennyPriddy, announced to the HSA Convention that the Ministry of Health had added $615 millionnew dollars to the health budget for British Columbia.

This revelation was welcome news to those members of HSA whose employers are funded by theMinistry of Health.

However, for HSA members whose employers are funded through the Ministry for Children andFamilies, this information was of little comfort.

WTO talks a threat to medicare

The Report: October / November 1999 vol.20 num.3

Canadas health care system is once again at risk as the -MilleniumRound" of trade talks begins on November 30. Government leaders from around the worldwill be meeting in Seattle for the World Trade Organizations Third MinisterialConference.

This round of negotiations will include discussions on expanding the General Agreementon Trade in Services, and the United States and other countries are pushing hard to havehealth and social services included in these discussions.

What's up and what's not with union actions and grievances

The Report: October / November 1999 vol.20 num.3

ENPs get new wage rate 

HSA welcomed approximately 35 Electroneurophysiologists (ENPs) into the union inDecember 1996, when they were deemed paramedical professionals following an application tothe Labour Board under Bill 48.

On September 30, HSA and the Health Employers Association of BC (HEABC) finally reachedagreement on the placement of these ENPs into the paramedical professional collectiveagreement.

Daughter of HSA member wins NUPGE scholarship

The Report: October / November 1999 vol.20 num.3

For the second year running, a student has won NUPGEs visible minoritiesscholarship through HSAs affiliation to the National Union.

Each year, the National Union of Public and General Employees offers four scholarshipsthat reflect its pursuit of equal opportunity for all workers. These scholarships are opento the children of NUPGEs 320,000 members who are seeking a post-secondaryeducation.

Representing HSA members takes many forms

The Report: October / November 1999 vol.20 num.3

by CINDY STEWART

In recent years, government relations has become an important part of representing theinterests of HSA members.

HSA: hard at work for each and every member

The Report: October / November 1999 vol.20 num.3

by RICK LAMPSHIRE

There is a common misconception held by many that once a contract is ratified,negotiations are concluded. That is not the case. The activities that flow from theParamedical Professional table illustrate how the process of negotiations continues wellbeyond the ratification date.