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Bumping rights after Bill 29

April 1, 2002
The Report: April / May 2002 vol.23 num.2 by JEANNE MEYERS How does Bill 29 affect my rights to “bump” when faced with a lay-off?  

Protecting health and social services by challenging unfair legislation

April 1, 2002
The Report: April / May 2002 vol.23 num.2 by JEANNE MEYERS hen the provincial government introduced Bill 29, the legislation that dramatically changes the way health care is delivered in the public system, health care unions knew we had our work cut out for us.

Living the union credo: United we stand

April 1, 2002
The Report: April / May 2002 vol.23 num.2 by DAN KEETON

Unions launch Charter of Rights suit against BC government to defend health workers, Medicare

March 19, 2002
Court asked to strike down Premier Campbell's contract-breaking law, Bill 29 BC unions representing more than 100,000 health care workers today launched legal action in BC Supreme Court alleging that the Campbell government's contract-breaking legislation, Bill 29, violates the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and is unconstitutional.

HSA fears leaked details on privatization only the beginning

March 6, 2002
The union that represents more than 10,000 health science professionals across the province is concerned that the Liberals plan to privatize $700 million in health care service is only the beginning. Responding to a leaked budget document revealed Monday by the Hospital Employees Union, the Health Science Association of BC warns that many direct services to patients are also under threat.

Liberals misled public over promise to protect "clinical services" says HSA

February 25, 2002
After promising that the government would protect "clinical services" in hospitals, the Campbell Liberals have quietly approved regulations that will allow health employers to privatize a variety of direct services to patients, including respiratory therapy, speech pathology, CT scans and MRI. Although the Liberal government claimed that Bill 29 would allow hospitals to privatize only "non-clinical services" such as laundry, janitorial and security services, the Health Sciences Association of BC has learned that the legislation will have far wider implications.

Government betrayal an unprecedented abuse of power

January 25, 2002
Gordon Campbell is poisoning labour relations in British Columbia and plunging the province into an era of chaos, say representatives of the BC Government and Service Employees Union, the Hospital Employees Union, the Canadian Union of Public Employees, the Health Sciences Association, and the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, Local 1518.

Liberal attack on contracts will increase health care shortages, says HSA

January 25, 2002
Todays attack on health care contracts will have a devastating impact on the provinces ability to recruit and retain health care professionals, says Cindy Stewart, President of the Health Sciences Association of BC. Stewart says that under the new legislation, there will no longer be any provincial mechanism for keeping track of displaced health care professionals and relocating them to communities where their services are needed. Instead, the government has off-loaded responsibility for recruitment and retention to local health authorities.