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Children & families urgently need adequate funding

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


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


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


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.

The grievance process: part 2

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


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


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.