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Balanced government: will it affect upcoming contract negotiations?

June 1, 2005
The Report: June / July 2005 vol.26 num.3 by CINDY STEWART n May 17, British Columbians sent a strong message that they want a balanced approach to government.


June 1, 2005
The Report: June / July 2005 vol.26 num.3 by BRUCE WILKINS

An activist is born

June 1, 2005
The Report: June / July 2005 vol.26 num.3 by LAURA BUSHEIKIN

Top marks for HSA member

June 1, 2005
The Report: June / July 2005 vol.26 num.3 by DAN KEETON here are many HSA members who received excellent grades while training for their profession. But how many achieve one of Canadas top academic honours while studying for a new health sciences career?

Biomedical Engineering Technologists headed for Arbitration

May 20, 2005
 BL10054 HEABC and HSA have failed to reach an agreement on an appropriate wage rate and other classification issues arising from the Biomedical Engineering Technologists (BMETs) placement into the Paramedical Professional Collective Agreement as a result of a May 6th ruling by the Labour Relations Board.  The LRB ruling simply places the BMETs into the existing PPBA agreement and is not the same as an expired collective agreement in which the parties can bargain new provisions.

HSA to represent Biomedical Engineering Technologists

May 9, 2005
BL10050  The BC Labour Relations Board has ruled that two hundred Biomedical Engineering Technologists working in BC hospitals are appropriately represented by HSA. This follows a previous ruling by the LRB that designated Biomedical Engineering Technologists as paramedical professionals, but did not resolve the issue of union representation. HSA holds the paramedical professional certification at all of the hospitals where Biomedical Engineering Technologists work.

Education Leave Fund

April 18, 2005
EB05-08 Last chance to apply for funding Paramedical Bargaining Association members are eligible to apply for Education Leave Funding. The one million dollar Education Leave Fund, a provision of the 2001 - 2004 Paramedical Professional Collective Agreement, provided financial assistance to health science professionals to attend educational programs for professional advancement and career enhancement. This was one-time funding and insufficient funds remain to provide further wage replacement.

What's really happening in health care?

April 14, 2005
Front-line providers not allowed to tell The gag order on front-line health care workers at St. Pauls Hospital is not an isolated case, says Health Sciences Association President Cindy Stewart. -Health care providers are afraid to speak out about the deteriorating conditions in the health care system. Conditions for patients are getting worse, and the health care professionals are under a gag order. They cant tell the public whats really going on, or they will lose their jobs," Stewart said.

UN labour agency condemns human rights violations by Campbell government

April 14, 2005
An agency of the United Nations has again condemned the Campbell Liberal government for violating workers human rights by contravening international labour standards that Canadian governments are supposed to uphold. In a highly critical report released recently, the International Labour Organization(ILO) uses blunt language to condemn the BC government for clear violations offreedom of association principles. It also put pressure on Victoria to repair thedamage done and demanded that the province come into compliance with international standards.

HSA President Cindy Stewart re-elected

April 9, 2005
Delegates to the 34 th annual convention of the Health Sciences Association of BC have re-elected Cindy Stewart, a physiotherapist from Vernon, as their president for another two years. Stewart defeated challenger Derrick Hoyt, a lab technologist from Victoria. Stewart has been President of HSA since 1993. The union represents more than 12,000 health care and social services professional across BC who provide a range of diagnostic, clinical and rehabilitation services.