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Changes to EI pose concerns for HSA members

The Report: May / June 1998 vol.18 num.8


Workers hoping to collect maternity benefits face a threat from recentchanges to Employment Insurance - formerly, Unemployment Insurance. The changes might alsoadversely affect members applying for SUB benefits under the HEABC collective agreement,although a union committee is working to increase eligibility for SUB benefits.

New regulations in effect April 15

The Report: May / June 1998 vol.18 num.8


April 15, 1998 was the culmination of over five years of work by labouractivists committed to improving health and safety for BC workers. Thats because thefirst major revision of BCs health and safety regulation since 1970 came into effecton that day and workers can now rely on the enhanced health and safety protection providedthrough the new regulations.

Conventions: an important democratic tradition

The Report: May / June 1998 vol.18 num.8


Annual Convention is an opportunity to meet with the many friends whoare committed to advancing our union, and a time to participate in the supreme governingbody of our union. As I write this, the convention is five weeks away, but we will be inthe middle of the proceedings when The Report bearing this column is distributed.

Good news for long-term LTD recipients wishing to return to work

The Report: March / April 1998 vol.18 num.7

The Return to Work fund provides up to $10,000 to successful applicantsfrom the major health care unions, including HSA. The $150,000 fund is open to those onLTD or those waiting for LTD benefits and who wish to return to work but face some kind ofbarrier.

Counsellor praises move to HSA

The Report: March / April 1998 vol.18 num.7


Wedlidi Speck couldn’t get enthused about the drive to unionize his work place. Infact, the counsellorat the John Howard Society in Courtenay was downright opposed to it.

It was an unusual beginning for someone who now takes an active role in his union. Infact, Speck, a nine-year veteran, helped negotiate the bargaining unit’s firstcollective agreement.

A counsellor who uses both conventional and First Nations methods in his work, Speckapplied a live-and-let-live approach to the unionization drive.

Never a dull moment in Region 3

The Report: March / April 1998 vol.18 num.7


Greetings from Region 3. We are HSA members working in almost 40different facilities located on the North Shore and in the cities from Burnaby to MapleRidge. As in other regions, the past year has not been a boring one.