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No money offer means no talks in health professionals bargaining

Contract talks between health science professionals and the Health Employers Association of BC deteriorated today when the employer refused to table a wage proposal or to remove concession demands from the table.

"HSA tabled a proposal that offers solutions for the severe shortage of health science professionals in the BC health system almost two weeks ago. The solution is professional pay for professional work. But HEABC refuses to come to the table prepared to talk," said HSA Chief Negotiator Rick Lampshire.

HSA tables wage demands, seeks strike mandate

The Health Sciences Association (HSA) tabled a wage proposal with the Health Employers Association of BC this week calling for a 30 per cent wage increase over two years for the provinces 14,000 health sciences professionals.

The union bargaining committee is recommending health science professionals back the demands at the bargaining table with a strong strike vote to be conducted by April 20.

Paramedical Professional Bargaining Association begins negotiations today

The bargaining association representing 10,000 health science professionals opens negotiations today with the Health Employers' Association of B.C.

"Our members have told us it's time for a raise," chief negotiator Rick Lampshire of the Health Sciences Association said.

"After ten years of wage controls, health science professionals are looking for a significant increase in wages to recognize their education level, skills and experience," he said.

Health science professionals applaud government plan

Union president says increased training spaces will help address shortage of x-ray technologists but more needs to be done

The Health Science Association of BC, the province's third largest health care union, is pleased that the provincial government's new health care strategy includes a plan to train more x-ray technologists.

HSA president Cindy Stewart says the plan demonstrates that the government has been listening to the concerns of health professionals who provide diagnostic services but she emphasizes that more needs to be done.

Shortage of health science professionals creates crisis in BC communities

British Columbia's acute shortage of health science professionals is leaving some BC communities without access to critical health services. Physiotherapy, pharmacy, radiation therapy and ultrasound are just some of the professions where shortages are particularly severe.

To raise awareness about this growing problem, the Health Sciences Association of British Columbia (HSA) is launching a province-wide campaign calling on government, health authorities and post-secondary institutions to act quickly.

Health science professionals identify wages as top bargaining priority for 2001

A wage increase will be the top priority when BC's 10,000 health science professionals head to the bargaining table early next year.

Cindy Stewart, President of the Health Sciences Association of BC (HSA) says that members of her union sent a clear message during the union's three-day bargaining conference held this week in Vancouver.

Health professionals call for national strategy on shortages

VANCOUVER - An interprovincial meeting of unions representing more than 75,000 health care professionals wrapped up an annual two-today conference today by calling for a national strategy to address the Canada-wide shortage of health professionals and the growing trend toward privatization.

BC's health unions demonstrate against private health care

Joint news release from HEU, BCNU, BCGEU and HSA

Health care workers and other medicare advocates in B.C. joined thousands of demonstrators across Canada today to demand immediate action by Ottawa to stop privatization of medicare.

-We are on the brink of Canadas biggest medical emergency ever," Jim Sinclair, president of the B.C. Federation of Labour, warned a huge crowd outside the provincial Ministry of Health building in Victoria.

Tentative settlement reached in community social services sector

A plan to end wage and benefit discrimination, employment security and protection of contracts through successorship are key elements of a tentative settlement reached late last night between the four unions representing 10,000 community social services workers and the Community Social Services Employers' Association.