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HSA support for Run helps fund important new research

The Report: August 1999 vol.20 num.2


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


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


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


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.

Common values make HSA strong

The Report: July 1999 vol.20 num.1

Over 250 delegates rose to their feet at HSAs 28th Annual Convention, after acclaiming Cindy Stewart as President of the Health Sciences Association for a fourth term.

At a crossroads: union direction and a personal journey of activism

The Report: May / June 1999 vol.19 num.7


In contemplating what to write for my report as Director for Region 1, mythoughts cross many boundaries. There are many things I want to communicate to and aboutmy members, the people who work in our 41 HSA sites on Vancouver Island from Duncan north,the Sechelt Peninsula including Powell River, and the Squamish to Pemberton area.

New OH&S regulation in effect April 15

The Report: May / June 1999 vol.19 num.7


A new Occupational Health and Safety Regulation, to replace theold Industrial Health and Safety Regulation, came into effect on April 15, 1998. Employerswere given a one-year grace period to work towards compliance. As of April 15, 1999, thisyear is up, so that almost all of the requirements are now in force. (There are a fewexceptions; for example Section 4.83(3) on environmental tobacco smoke gives certainestablishments until January 1, 2000 to comply.)