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Striking community social services workers deliver message to MLAs

Community social services workers resume job action this week, and will focus on delivering their message to provincial politicians that it's time to end wage and benefit discrimination for workers in this sector.

Today, striking care-providers in the Lower Mainland will rally at Finance Minister Joy MacPhail's community office at 3:00 p.m. (2365 East Hastings, Vancouver).

Community social services workers resume strike Monday

Workers in the community social services sector will resume strikeaction on Monday, March 15. Pickets will go up at selected worksites inthe Lower Mainland and Prince George.

The four unions representing workers in this sector -- B.C. Governmentand Service Employees' Union, Canadian Union of Public Employees,Hospital Employees' Union and Health Sciences Association - say thegovernment's refusal to address wage and benefit discrimination despitea two-day province-wide strike earlier this week leaves the unions withno other choice but to escalate job action.

HSA paramedical professionals vote 94 per cent in favour of Foley report

Paramedical professionals represented by the Health Sciences Association of BC have voted 94 per cent in favour of the contract recommended by Mediator Brian Foley.

HSA represents more than 90 per cent of paramedical professionals across the province.

"This contract is good news for HSA and for all paramedical professionals," says Chief Negotiator Rick Lampshire. "Given the current political and economic climate, we feel that this collective agreement is fair and equitable."

Community social services workers to commence strike on International Women's Day over wage discrimination

Ten thousand workers in the community social services sector will commence a province-wide strike on International Women's Day, March 8, in an effort to end wage and benefit discrimination for women in the sector.

Negotiators for the B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU), Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), Hospital Employees' Union (HEU) and Health Sciences Association (HSA) outlined the strike strategy at a joint meeting of the bargaining committees in Richmond today.

Bargaining association recommends acceptance of mediator's report

British Columbia's 10,000 paramedical professionals will be urged to vote in favour of Mediator Brian Foley's report recommending terms of settlement for a collective agreement between the Paramedical Professional Bargaining Association and the Health Employers' Association of BC.

Cindy Stewart, President of the Health Sciences Association of BC (HSA) which represents approximately 90 per cent of paramedical professionals, says the bargaining association has concluded that Mr. Foley's report is fair and balanced.

Mediator's report delayed until January 27

Mediator Brian Foley has advised the Paramedical Professional Bargaining Association that his report recommending terms of settlement for a collective agreement will not be released this afternoon as planned. Mr. Foley will release his report in one week, on Wednesday, January 27.

In a letter to the unions and employers, Mr. Foley said that he requires more time to give due consideration to the positions put forward by both parties.

Paramedical professionals return to the bargaining table

The Paramedical Professional Bargaining Association announced this afternoon that they will return to the bargaining table Friday, January 15. The announcement came in response to a request by Labour Minister Dale Lovick that the unions and employers return the table with Mediator Brian Foley.

"We have agreed to continue mediated talks," said Cindy Stewart, President of the Health Sciences Association of BC. "We have also agreed to Mr. Foley's request that we not escalate job action next week, as long as we are making progress at the bargaining table."

Mediated talks break down

Paramedical professionals to begin job action Monday, January 11

Mediated talks between the Paramedical Professional Bargaining Association and the Health Employers' Association of BC broke down this afternoon after the employer presented a revised proposal that fails to address the unions' key bargaining issues and still contains significant concession demands.

More than 10,000 paramedical professionals will begin job action on Monday, January 11.

Paramedical professionals to issue 72-hour strike notice

Unions say mediation has been a "complete waste of time"

The Paramedical Professional Bargaining Association today announced that it will issue 72-hour strike notice to the Health Employers' Association of BC on Tuesday, January 5. Cindy Stewart, President of the Health Sciences Association of BC (HSA), says HEABC's intransigence at the bargaining table leaves the unions with no other choice.