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The grievance process: part 2

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

by SARAH O'LEARY

This is part two in a series about the grievance and arbitration process. In mylast article I discussed the steps to follow when an issue arises which concerns you inyour workplace. I suggested that it would be advisable to have your steward present whenyou meet with your employer at step one to have initial discussions about your concern.

Life Quilt a legacy of hope and healing

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

On October 24, 1999, the Life Quilt for Breast Cancer was unveiled in its entirety– a dream fulfilled for the woman who first conceived of it five years ago, and whosepersonal odyssey with breast cancer continues to inspire Canadians from coast to coast.

Bargaining association demands action on levelling money

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

The Paramedical Professional Bargaining Association is demanding that the provincialgovernment intervene in the on-going dispute between the unions and the employer overlevelling money.

Although the paramedical collective agreement was ratified more than eight months ago,many union members are still waiting to receive the levelling money awarded in thecontract.

Meaningful consultation is key in any workplace restructuring

The Report: August 1999 vol.20 num.2

by CINDY STEWART

With all of the workplace restructuring that has occurred in healthcare and social services, HSA members are frequently called upon to participate inemployer-driven -consultation" processes. The processes are characterized as anopportunity for health care and social services workers to have input into restructuringinitiatives and provide feedback with respect to the operational impact.

HSA support for Run helps fund important new research

The Report: August 1999 vol.20 num.2

by CHERYL GREENHALGH

Breast cancer has touched most of us in one way or another. Many of our patients,co-workers, friends and family have been affected by this disease, and HSA members arevery involved in the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer.

That is why HSA has been a sponsor of the BC Breast Cancer Foundation’s Run forthe Cure since 1997. Through donations by our organization and pledges gathered by HSAmembers participating in the event, we have proudly directed $45,000 to the foundation.

The grievance process

The Report: August 1999 vol.20 num.2

by SARAH O'LEARY

Often members who file grievances which must proceed to arbitration are unsure whatto expect and want to know what to anticipate as the matter proceeds towards a hearing.This is the first of a two-part series which looks at the grievance and arbitrationprocess. It outlines the steps that must be followed when a grievance is filed, and what amember can expect to happen as the grievance works its way through the arbitral system.

Not always easy to know what drugs are covered by your health care plan

The Report: August 1999 vol.20 num.2

by SHEILA VATAIKI

As a Labour Relations Officer on phone duty I have received numerousinquiries from members about their Blue Cross coverage for prescription drugs.

The Blue Cross list of -covered" medications is based onPharmacare recommendations. Pharmacare has a very long list that is updated daily. Whiledoctors do not have access to this list on a daily basis, pharmacies have access to itimmediately through their on-line system.

Lesbian, bisexual and gay network established

The Report: July 1999 vol.20 num.1

At convention this year, lesbian, bisexual and gay delegates and their supporters established an informal network to keep in touch on issues affecting them in the workplace, within the context of union activism. The network is facilitated by HSAs Equality of Rights Committee.

Summer brings new challenges for HSA

The Report: July 1999 vol.20 num.1

by CINDY STEWART

I write this on the first day of summer: June 21. When I began my work on the Executive of HSA, first as a Board member, then as President, I heard rumours that ‘things slowed down in the summer, affording a breather from the hectic pace maintained throughout the rest of the year. I wait patiently for one of those summers.