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VIHA backs off from plan to centralize lab services

August 4, 2010
Nanaimo Daily News

We're looking for a few champions

August 1, 2010
The Report: August 2010 vol.31 num.4 SUMMER IS FINALLY HERE, and while I hope that all of you have an opportunity to slow things down and spend time with family, here at HSA were moving forward on several fronts.

Little Travellers make big impact

August 1, 2010
The Report: August 2010 vol.31 num.4 THE TINY BEADED FIGURE HSA member JoanneSchwartz wears on her lanyard every day at workcould be dismissed as just a colourful trinket.However, for Schwartz and for over 100 SouthAfrican women infected with HIV, along withtheir families, this ornament has more valuethan the most luxurious of necklaces. In fact, it represents survival, health, financial security, human dignity, and the power of ordinary people to make a difference in the face of the searing tragedy that is the AIDS/HIV epidemic in Africa.

Looking back on a distinguished career

August 1, 2010
The Report: August 2010 vol.31 num.4 AS DIETITIAN SANDRA HOMENUK heads into retirement, shes pleased to see that the profession shes leaving looks very, very different than the one she entered 40 years ago. -I started working in the fall of 1970," says Homenuk, who retired from her position as Dietetics Practice Leader at BC Womens and Childrens Hospital on July 29th. -It was a time when there were kitchen maids, not kitchen aids."

What does my OHS Committee do?

August 1, 2010
The Report: August 2010 vol.31 num.4 DELEGATES TO THE RECENT HSA CONVENTION in Vancouver asked a number of questions about the role and responsibility of workplace occupational health and safety committees: When should worksite inspections occur, who organizes them and how are members freed up to do them?

NRGH will lose some lab services to save money

July 30, 2010
Nanaimo Daily News

VIHA reverses lab consolidation plan; microbiology services remain

July 30, 2010
Vancouver Island Health Authority has withdrawn a Section 54 notice related to a plan to consolidate all Vancouver Island microbiology laboratory services in Victoria. Last week, the health authority advised the union and members that it planned to close down microbiology services at Nanaimo Regional and Campbell River Hospitals. VIHA served notice that it was beginning a Section 54 process to address job cuts and relocations. HSA members were advised that up to 18 full time equivalent positions would be affected.

Join the Fight HST Rally

July 29, 2010
Join the Fight HST RallyAugust 8 ... Stanley Park Entrance , Vancouver Download flyer

HSA Fall Regional Meetings schedule set

July 21, 2010
The schedule for the 2010 HSA regional meetings, an excellent forum for HSA members to review the issues and activities of the past year, and to discuss the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead, has been set by the unions board of directors.