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Towards a more engaged union

HSA REPORT MAGAZINE, APRIL 2016

Val Avery, President, HSA

We often find our greatest strength when confronted by adversity.

As a physiotherapist, I have seen people discover incredible resources inside themselves, and use them to overcome great odds. And I think every one of us working with patients and clients have seen this time and again.

People are tough and adaptable. Organizations can be too – if they listen to and engage the people they represent.

Marjan Szlivka, physiotherapist helping protect all professions

Marjan Szlivka

HSA REPORT MAGAZINE, APRIL 2016

BY LAURA BUSHEIKIN

It's not my business.

That's what Marjan Szlivka thought when she first heard that registered psychiatric nurses within HSA were being raided by BCNU.

In her work as a physiotherapist at Eagle Ridge Hospital in Port Moody, Szlivka didn't work with RPNs, and their situation wasn't on her radar.

Speak up

Trina Nguyen

HSA REPORT MAGAZINE, APRIL 2016

In April 2015, at a workshop prior to HSA's last convention, Trina Nguyen heard something that startled her.

Stewards plan support for stewards

HSA REPORT MAGAZINE, APRIL 2016

It's often said that stewards are the backbone of our union, and like any backbone, it works best with adequate support.

As part of the 2020 Strategic Plan, and following dicussions at recent conventions, HSA stewards have been meeting to talk about the work they do, the challenges they face, and the resources they need to do their important work.

Fighting for members at the Supreme Court of Canada

HSA REPORT MAGAZINE, APRIL 2016

A CANCER CLUSTER IS FOUND

HSA members Katrina Hammer and Anne MacFarlane, and HEU member Patricia Schmidt, all worked in the laboratory at Mission Memorial Hospital. All three contracted breast cancer, and an investigation into the cancer identified there was a cancer cluster in the laboratory – where the incidence of breast cancer was eight times the rate of breast cancer in BC.

THEIR CLAIMS ARE DENIED

Heroes in the workplace

HSA REPORT MAGAZINE, APRIL 2016

BY DAVID DURNING, OHS OFFICER

The Canadian Mental Health Association's annual Bottom Line Conference brings together workers, employers and researchers to find ways of improving mental health in Canadian workplaces.

This year, HSA sponsored two members to attend the conference held recently in Vancouver.

lobby group raises women's issues

BC Federation of labour lobby

HSA REPORT MAGAZINE, APRIL 2016

Report on B.C. Federation of Labour Lobby in Victoria March 7 and 8, 2016

BY ANNE DAVIS, DIRECTOR, REGION 1

The BC Federation of Labour's annual government lobby day was scheduled for International Women's Day this year. So it was decided that it should be carried out by the Women's Rights Committee.

There for others

Children's Hospital Steward Team

HSA REPORT MAGAZINE, DECEMBER 2015

When laboratory technologist John Bhullar was first asked to consider taking over the work of a retired steward, he thought he wasn't up for the job.

A focus on stewards

HSA REPORT MAGAZINE, DECEMBER 2015

BY VAL AVERY, PRESIDENT, HSA

For most members, their first contact with our union is through a steward.