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Health science professionals plan continuation of rotating strikes

December 6, 2012
Health science professionals began rotating strikes today to put pressure on government to get serious about bargaining a new collective agreement with the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association (HSPBA).

Health services workers strike

December 6, 2012
Nanaimo News Bulletin Byline: Niomi Pearson  A two-day strike by health care workers at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital and across the province will mean a delay in services for some residents. After nine months of contract negotiations and serving strike notice to B.C. employers, the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association (HSPBA) announced that job action will commence today and tomorrow (Dec. 6-7).

Health-sciences union workers at Cowichan hospital slow work to weekend levels

December 6, 2012
Cowichan News Leader Pictorial Byline: Peter Rusland  Cowichanians whose long-awaited CT-scan dates are bumped by this week's hospital labour strife will be re-booked quickly, health brass promised Thursday. "Those dates will be rescheduled as soon as possible; they wont go back to the bottom of the list," said Suzanne Germain of the Vancouver Island Health Authority.

Surgery, lab tests to be delayed by strike

December 6, 2012
Castlegar News 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. Mediator Vince Ready was brought in Tuesday after negotiations that started in February failed to produce an agreement. The Health Employers Association of B.C. issued a statement Wednesday warning that the unions intend to go ahead with its first rotating strikes despite the mediation effort.

Province backs down on flu shot edict

December 6, 2012
Trail Daily Times By Jeff Nagel Source: Surrey North Delta Leader The province has granted a one-year reprieve from its directive that health workers wear a mask this flu season if they refuse to be vaccinated. Those who don't comply won't be disciplined, deputy health minister Graham Whitmarsh said in a Nov. 30 letter to health authorities.

Mandatory flu shots for health workers delayed; Government temporarily backs away from its original plan

December 5, 2012
Alberni Valley Times The B.C. government has temporarily backed away from a controversial plan to force thousands of provincial health workers to get a flu shot before they can work with patients. Instead of forcing workers to wear a mask or have the mandatory flu vaccination, the B.C. Health Ministry said it will work towards voluntary compliance from workers in the first year of the program.

Mandatory flu shot policy suspended; Health workers urged to volunteer for needle

December 5, 2012
Vancouver SUn By Terri Theodore, The Canadian Press  The province's health care workers objected to the mandatory vaccination program saying it was coercive and punitive.Photograph by: Jeff Mcintosh, The Canadian Press Files , The Canadian PressThe B.C. government has temporarily backed away from a controversial plan to force thousands of provincial health workers to get a flu shot before they can work with patients.

Community social services: Vancouver Island job action next week, none over holidays

December 5, 2012
There will be no Community Social Services job action between December 17, 2012 and January 6, 2013. Details will be announced shortly regarding next weeks strike action (Dec 10-14) on Vancouver Island. As always, workers will be contacted directly if your agency or workplace is a target for job action.

Health workers launch job action

December 5, 2012
24 Hours Vancouver By CHRIS CAMPBELL, 24 HOURS LABOUR Metro Vancouver patients can expect to wait longer for CT scans and MRIs as the Health Sciences Association announced rotating strikes for Thursday and Friday. Medical imaging technologists will be operating at essential-service levels from midnight Thursday to midnight Friday, except those at Surrey Memorial Hospital. "There may be additional waits," said union president Reid Johnson, adding the system is already bogged down by long wait times due to staff shortages.

Surgery, lab tests to be delayed by strike

December 5, 2012
BC Local News By Tom Fletcher - BC Local NewsPublished: December 05, 2012 3:00 PM Updated: December 05, 2012 3:39 PM 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.