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Union backs off hospital job action


South Delta Leader 

The union representing health science professionals in B.C. has called off job action that cancelled or postponed some medical procedures at Delta Hospital last week, but workers remain without a contract with the province.

The Health Sciences Association of B.C. (HSABC) triggered a job action across the province last Thursday and Friday, despite the fact both sides have agreed to mediation.

Health workers union rejects contract offer

The Globe and Mail 

VANCOUVER -- In a reaction perhaps unique in labour annals, negotiators for the Health Sciences Association are so outraged by the provincial government's last contract offer that they have called off their latest round of job action.

Health sciences union ends strike

Alberni Valley Times

British Columbia's health science professionals have called off upcoming rotating strikes after getting a new contract proposal from the government over the weekend, but the union says it's still not taking the deal.

BC Health Strike

Canadian Press

Health science professionals in B-C aren't ready to accept the latest contract offer from the province -- but they say it has prompted them to call off rotating strikes.

X-rays technicians and those who conduct CT scans, MRIs, ultrasound, nuclear medicine and other procedures walked out last week and more lab service cuts were slated for today -- until they were cancelled yesterday afternoon.

BC Health Strike

Canadian Press

X-rays, C-T scans, ultrasound and other important medical procedures will be available to the public again today after the union called off rotating strikes it began last week.

B-C's health science professionals were handed a new contract proposal by the province late Saturday, and that's made the union change its tack.

Community workers from not-for-profit agencies striking Monday

Comox Valley Record 

North Island community workers will strike in Campbell River and Courtenay on Monday.

Professionals from not-for-profit agencies that support vulnerable families on the North Island will be on strike Dec. 10. Community workers want to send a clear message to the B.C. government: Stop putting vulnerable families last!

BC Health Strike

Canadian Press

The second stage of strike action by members of the Health Sciences Association hits BC hospitals today.

Workers who deliver diagnostic imaging services like x-rays, CT scans and ultrasounds will scale back to essential services as part of an effort to pressure the government to come up with a better contract offer.

Surgery, lab tests to be delayed by strike

The Daily Bulletin (Kimberley)

Hospital pharmacists and medical imaging technicians plan to go ahead with brief strikes Thursday and Friday as a mediator attempts to reach a settlement with 16,000 health science employees at hospitals and clinics across B.C.

Breaking the impasse

The Report: December 2012 vol.33 num.4

AFTER NINE MONTHS OF HARD BARGAINING, WE HAVE REACHED AN IMPASSE. LET ME TELL YOU HOW WE GOT HERE.

You have given the bargaining committee a clear mandate: restore competitive wages, protect benefits and protect working conditions, including dealing with workload and call issues. We have spent nine months trying to kick start negotiations and make inroads on these issues.

But HEABC insists there will be no deal without concessions.

We say: absolutely not.

Nurses tied down by tie-in

The Report: December 2012 vol.33 num.4

NURSES NEW CONTRACT MAKES ACCESS TO MEDICATION HARDER

PENSIONS Q AND A BY DENNIS BLATCHFORD, HSA PENSION AND BENEFIT ADVOCATE

Q. As a new HSA member who falls under the Nurses Bargaining Association (NBA) contract, could you please explain to me what the -PharmaCare tie-in" is all about?