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No job action planned for lab staff

December 10, 2012
The Daily News (Kamloops) The union representing laboratory and other staff at Interior hospitals has withdrawn planned job action today. Interior Health Authority said Sunday all service levels at Royal Inland Hospital are scheduled to be at normal levels. Health Sciences Association of B.C. members in pharmacy services were reduced to essential service levels Thursday, with imaging workers out on Friday. Staff in lab services were otherwise slated to be out today. © 2012 The Daily News (Kamloops)

BC Health Strike

December 10, 2012
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.

BC Health Strike

December 10, 2012
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.

B.C.'s health science professionals call off job action

December 9, 2012
The Province Byline: Derek Spalding  This week's anticipated cancellation of medical procedures throughout Vancouver Island hospitals was called off Sunday, but the dispute between health professionals and their employers continues. After three days of talks overseen by veteran labour mediator Vince Ready, members of the Health Sciences Association of B.C. charged Sunday that they are being goaded into a strike by the government's bargaining group, the Health Employers Association of B.C.

Health science professionals call off job action; membership consultation meetings planned after government tries to provoke escalation of strike

December 9, 2012
The Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association (HSPBA) has called off rotating strikes planned for the coming week. Following three round-the-clock days of talks mediated by veteran labour mediator Vince Ready, the government tabled a proposal just before midnight Saturday for a wage increase and massive concessions. The proposal adds up to a general wage increase of 1.4 per cent over two years ... and some health care workers could be facing wage roll backs.

B.C. health services group calls off job action

December 9, 2012
theprovince.com B.C. health science professionals have called off rotating strikes planned for this week after the government tabled a proposal just after midnight Saturday. The Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association said the offer adds up to a general wage increase of 1.4 per cent over two years, and may include wage rollbacks.

Health sciences union to end rotating strikes, but deal appears no closer; Rotating strikes to end, without health deal

December 9, 2012
Broadcast news VICTORIA - B.C.'s health science professionals have called off rotating strikes after getting a new contract proposal from the provincial government, but the union says it's not taking the deal. The province tabled a wage increase and concessions just before midnight Saturday, but officials with the Health Science Association of BC say it still "far off the mark."

Job action cancels almost 200 procedures

December 8, 2012
The Daily News (Kamloops) About 200 outpatient procedures were cancelled at Royal Inland Hospital on Friday as health science professionals continued their job action to pressure the province into a new collective agreement. Diagnostic-imaging services operated at essential levels only, with just three staff on duty, said Anne Ross, the Health Sciences Association's job action co-ordinator for Kamloops. Usually there are 40 X-ray technologists and radiation therapists on duty at a given time, said Ross.

B.C. healthcare professionals' job action disrupts medical services (version 2)

December 7, 2012
vancouversun.com vancouversun.com  Fri Dec 7 2012  Section: OnLine  Byline: Gordon Hoekstra  Nearly 3,000 patients around the province have had their X-rays, mammograms and MRIs cancelled because of a rotating strike by health science professionals. On Monday, the Health Science Association-led job action is scheduled to move to laboratory personnel, who will only provide urgently needed tests, after pharmacists withdrew their services on Thursday.