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Mediated talks fail - Remarks by Cindy Stewart

Thank you for coming this morning.

First of all, I want to update you on the events that have taken place since June 20 when the Liberal government ordered health science professionals back to work after only five days of job action over four weeks.

I said at that time it was a difficult day for the union and for our members.

I didn't believe the legislated period would work. But I and the union's board of directors were prepared to do everything possible to make it work.

HEABC refuses to bargain; HSA to announce strategy Thursday morning

The Liberal government set up health science professionals contract negotiations to fail, Health Sciences Association President Cindy Stewart charged today.

After a meeting with government-appointed mediator Stephen Kelleher today, the unions representing 14,000 health science professionals said the government-ordered cooling-off period has failed.

Health science professionals talks adjourn

"The Health Employers Association has refused to return to the bargaining table prepared to negotiate," Rick Lampshire, Chief Negotiator for the Paramedical Professional Bargaining Association, charged today.

Lampshire said the five unions representing about 14,000 health science professionals heard from special mediator Stephen Kelleher that the HEABC has no change to the offer that resulted in bargaining breaking down May 9th.

Remarks by Cindy Stewart, in reaction to Health Care Services Continuation Act

I want to start by thanking all the HSA members and the other union members of the Paramedical Professional Bargaining Association for the determination they have shown today in response to the heavy-handed legislation passed early this morning.

It has been a very difficult day• for the union, and for all of our members.

Employers have been threatening our members and our members have been forced to make personal decisions about what the legislation means to them.

Health science professionals walk out to protest heavy-handed legislation

Health science professionals walked off the job province-wide today and will provide essential services only to protest the government's plan to end job action in health care.

"This proposed legislation is heavy-handed and curtails collective bargaining rights," HSA President Cindy Stewart said today outside Burnaby Hospital, where she joined health science professionals at the union's strike headquarters.

"Our members are furious. The government is taking the first step towards imposing a settlement that doesn't value the work they do in the health care system," she said.

Health science professionals escalate province-wide strike

Cindy Stewart, President of the Health Sciences Association (HSA), announced today the 14,000 health science professionals represented by the Paramedical Professional Bargaining Association will escalate their strike action next week.

"The new government has now had two weeks to consider the situation. They've certainly had time enough to send a clear message to the employer that a wage offer that values the work of health science professionals is needed," she said.

Province-wide walk-outs to continue next week

Health science professionals will continue to highlight their value to the provinces health care system with walk-outs next week targeting the diagnostic, clinical and rehabilitation professions represented by the health science unions.

Health Sciences Association president Cindy Stewart said this weeks strike action has served to highlight the value of health science professionals in the health care system.

Union highlights shortages as health professionals withdraw services

Cindy Stewart, President of the Health Sciences Association (HSA), launched escalating job action by health science professionals today by highlighting shortages in the diagnostic, clinical and rehabilitation professions covered by the Paramedical Professional Bargaining Association.

"Health science professionals are off the job today to highlight the work they do that makes them essential to the health of British Columbians. They're off the job today to make it clear that shortages in these professions are having an effect on the system," she said.