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Peer counselling: a comforting alternative

The Report: February / March 1999 vol.19 num.6


In September of 1997, I was fortunate enough to be chosen as one of 16health care workers, and one of five HSA members, to be trained by the Healthcare LabourAdjustment Agency to deliver peer counselling services to employees who have beendisplaced, threatened with future displacement or affected by changing skill requirements.

Looking back: founding HSA member wins big at end of rewarding career

The Report: February / March 1999 vol.19 num.6


In 1971, Pat Holisky was instrumental in the formation of HSA as aunion to represent the rights of paramedical professionals in the workplace. Twenty-eightyears later ... as she retires ... HSA was able to pay back a big debt of gratitude,with a significant settlement of a longstanding policy grievance.

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

The Report: February / March 1999 vol.19 num.6

Y2K bug = vacation ban? 

Some health employers have stated recently that they will be banningall vacations for employees from December 31, 1999 to March 15, 2000. The employers arguethat the potential effects of a Y2K disaster on health care delivery warrants this move,and that health facilities may need staff available to institute manual systems in case ofa system crash.

UI fund misused by Chrétien government

The Report: February / March 1999 vol.19 num.6

Heres how the unemployed paid down the federaldeficit


Unemployment Insurance is at the heart of the Chrétiengovernments fiscal strategy. Cuts in UI benefits account for over half of thereduction in program expenditures since Paul Martins first budget in 1994.

How do you decide when to file a grievance?

The Report: February / March 1999 vol.19 num.6

EDITOR'S NOTE: We are departing from our usual format this issue toreprint an article by Judith McCormack, the former chair of the Ontario Labour RelationsBoard, and a lawyer with Sack Goldblatt Mitchell in Toronto.

Job action underscores importance of HSA members

The Report: January 1999 vol.19 num.5


The recent job action taken by HSA paramedical professionals clearlygave our bargaining team the momentum we needed to get a fair collective agreement. Byputting pressure on health employers, we were able to get the provincial governmentinvolved in our negotiations, forcing HEABC to address our issues seriously.

Regional Directorship takes dedication, hard work

The Report: January 1999 vol.19 num.5


About two years ago I was in the process of deciding whether I had theright skill set ... and indeed the determination, motivation and conviction ... tohold the position of HSA Regional Director for Region 9 (Kootenays).

I was also at the point that I knew it was time to embark on a new lifepath. I was ready to experience the learning and increased challenge that comes when youadvance on one of lifes adventures.