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Award recognizes health and safety leader

July 1, 2009
The Report: July / August 2009 vol.30 num.2 Radiation technologist Allen Peters will keep advocating for safety in the workplace by LAURA BUSHEIKIN ALTHOUGH HE APPRECIATES receiving this years David Bland Award for outstanding advocacy in occupational health and safety, HSA member Allen Peters has no intention of resting on his laurels. In fact, for Peters, the award was a poignant reminder of the pressing need to keep advocating and educating to make workplaces safer.

Education leave

July 1, 2009
The Report: July / August 2009 vol.30 num.2 Education leave has always been an important part of the Agreement by JULIO TRUJILO I thought I was entitled to Education Leave under Article 17.02 of the health science professionals agreement, but my employer tells me they didnt budget any money for it this year. Is this right?

Safety at work is first priority

July 1, 2009
The Report: July / August 2009 vol.30 num.2 SWORN AT, SPIT ON, HIT, BITTEN, STABBED...or worse! None of us accepted a career in health care to endure violence in our work ... but that is the reality of what can happen when you are a health care worker.

Remembering those injured and killed on the job

July 1, 2009
The Report: July / August 2009 vol.30 num.2 by TARYN HUBBARD

Support striking workers at Maple Ridge Extra Foods

June 18, 2009
Members of United Food and Commercial Workers 1518 have been on strike since December, 2008 over wages and benefits. Join the members at a New Westminster and District Labour Council-organized Pancake Breakfast Rally to show your support.

BC government compensates workers for broken community social services agreements

June 17, 2009
Four unions have reached a settlement with the BC government that provides compensation for community social services workers who lost job security provisions under the Liberal governments 2002 contract-breaking legislation known as Bill 29. The settlement amounts to $425,000 divided among four unions, including Health Sciences Association of BC. The other unions are the BC Government and Service Employees Union which represents approximately 70 per cent of workers in the sector, along with the Canadian Union of Public Employees and Hospital Employees Union.

Memorandum on impact of technological change

June 12, 2009
CML employees in the Victoria clinics are encouraged to read the following memo outlining the impact of new technologies at CML's Victoria clinics. June 12, 2009 Memo re: impact of technological change on staffing  

Kevin Falcon faces challenges in new cabinet post, say health science professionals

June 10, 2009
BCs Minister of Health Kevin Falcon faces immediate challenges in his new job, says Reid Johnson, President of the Health Sciences Association of BC.  -Just this week, it was revealed that health authorities are facing financial pressures that could result in reduced services and increased user fees for British Columbians. In a growing province and where were seeing increasing acuity in the patients in the health care system, we need a focus on improving access to health care services ... not reducing access," he said.

NUPGE town hall meeting on the economy June 11

June 9, 2009
You are invited to a Nanaimo town hall meeting June 11 as part of a national campaign to allow Canadians from all walks of life input into the discussion about the current economic crisis and to ensure thatgovernments find solutions that work for all Canadians. The -experts" had their chance. We tried it their way: it didnt work, and now its our turn.

OHSAH Health & Safety E-Update March 2009

June 2, 2009
Ergonomic workstation resources available The Injury Prevention department at OHSAH will release two new print items this month: a workstation assessment checklist (Computer Workstation Assessment Checklist) and poster (Avoid Discomfort at your Workstation). Both the poster and the checklist contain visual guidelines to personal workstation improvements. To order your copy, you can contact or download them from our webpage.