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

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

HSA welcomes CDC health services and support workers 

Fifteen employees at Fort St. John Child Development Centrejoined HSA in February. These new members work in health services and support at the FortSt. John and Fort Nelson sites of the Centre in administration and child care.

Welcome to new member atCedarview Lodge

Does BC really have a debt problem?

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

by MARC LEE

The recent provincial budget was, for many commentators, a real dog. After all,$890 million is an awfully big number for a late-1990s provincial deficit. But there isgood reason to step back and put the numbers in their proper context. Despite all of thebarking, the bite is not really that bad.

Training, dedication to help union members

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

by LYN BLENKINSOP

Over the last three years it has been my very great privilege to have receivedHSA scholarships to train as a Union Counsellor. This has been one of the most valuableand rewarding experiences of my twenty-one years as an HSA member.

The Union Counselling program is mainly taught at the CLC WinterSchool at Harrison Hot Springs, BC. It is sponsored by the Canadian Labour Congress andtaught by the Labour Participation Department of the United Way of the Lower Mainland.

What are my rights if I have a substance addiction?

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

by JUDITH McCORMACK

In BC, the law is clear on workers who have asubstance addiction: the employer must make every reasonable effort to accommodate aworkers disabilities by either allowing her to take time to get treatment for aproblem, or by providing some alternate form of employment at the worksite.

Peer counselling: a comforting alternative

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

by LYN BLENKINSOP

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

by YUKIE KURAHASHI

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

by KEVIN HAYES

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.