By Easter Tocol, HSABC/NUPGE member
This article was originally published in the October 2020 issue of The Report magazine and subsequently posted by HSABC/NUPGE.
“If our donation helps support those fleeing violence and abuse and those in need of greater food security, then we have stayed true to our core values of respect, dignity and equality.” — Bert Blundon, NUPGE Secretary-Treasure
HSABC/NUPGE encouraged the government to be bold in its action, and make the investment needed to maintain and grow a robust and sustainable public health care system.
"It is our expectation that there will be an openness among all parties to identify and implement strategies so that BC can be successful in meeting the health care needs of British Columbians." — Jeanne Meyers, HSABC Executive Director (Legal Services and Labour Relations)
NUPGE and HSABC release new research showing higher precautions needed.
“We welcome new operational and capital funding for health services. However, we know that professional shortages in the health care system and child development sector require ongoing action by government." — Val Avery, HSABC President
“The delivery of quality mental health care begins with quality jobs. MCS’s employees work tirelessly to support families across the region.” — Val Avery, HSABC President
HSABC members are invited to participate before the survey closes on Friday, February 7, 2020.
No longer will unvaccinated employees or physicians face discipline for failing to wear masks at all times in patient care areas.
Workers allege that when they develop injuries, the company engages in harassment in order to force them to quit. They say that when they ask to be relocated to other factory positions, their requests are often met with delay or denial.
Led by Adrienne Smith, a transgender human rights activist and drug-policy lawyer, the day-long workshop will explore the union’s role in ending discrimination against transgender, non-binary, and gender non-conforming folx.
“Good research leads to good public policy. We are excited about this project and the insights it will provide.” — Val Avery, HSABC President
If you're an young worker who is a member of the Health Sciences Association of B.C. you can apply to be part of HSABC/NUPGE's Young Workers' Advisory Group. Deadline is July 31.
Increases in occupational and physical therapy training seats will ensure more patients get access to care that will improve their quality of life, while more students can train closer to home.
"By creating this fund, the union is playing an active role in the continued development of skills and tools members need to meet the changing and challenging practice of psychiatric nursing." — Val Avery, HSABC President
HSABC/NUPGE sees these as long-overdue reforms and welcomes the news to see the government take these first steps to restoring balance and fairness for working people. While these reforms do not cover everything — this is only the start — HSABC/NUPGE will continue to advocate for more changes going forward.
"Being part of HSABC/NUPGE will ensure that we can continue to provide excellent service to families across BC.” — Mridula Ivy Morgan, a parent coach with the CMHA's Confident Parent Thriving Kids Program
The Day of Action is part of an intensive 8-day lobbying campaign to restore fairness to B.C.'s labour laws.
The conference was packed with insights from the National Union’s research into issues facing women workers in Canada ranging from pay equity, job security, pensions, child care, caregiving and gender-based violence.
“When we talked to our members about the agreement, they had real concerns about a 'working short' premium that lets employers off the hook from addressing shortages, and plans to change pension and benefits governance and coverage." — Val Avery, HSABC President