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Health sciences union ends strike

Alberni Valley Times

British Columbia's health science professionals have called off upcoming rotating strikes after getting a new contract proposal from the government over the weekend, but the union says it's still not taking the deal.

BC Health Strike

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.

BC Health Strike

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.

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

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.

BC Health Strike

Canadian Press

The second stage of strike action by members of the Health Sciences Association hits BC hospitals today.

Workers who deliver diagnostic imaging services like x-rays, CT scans and ultrasounds will scale back to essential services as part of an effort to pressure the government to come up with a better contract offer.

Flu policy agreement reached Nov. 30 still stands, despite some employers directives

In spite of an agreement reached between HSA and other health care unions and the Ministry of Health last week, some members continue to get pressure to either produce evidence of vaccination against seasonal influenza, or wear a mask during the flu season, which was declared open December 1.

For members information, at the meeting held between the Ministry of Health, HSA, BCGEU and HEU November 30, the following agreement was reached:

While the policy remains on the books the mandatory provisions of it will not be enforced. This means:

Surgery, lab tests to be delayed by strike

The Daily Bulletin (Kimberley)

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 involved in health science professionals contract bargaining

Negotiators for health science professionals and health employers have agreed to mediation nine months after bargaining began. Mediator Vince Ready was brought in by the parties this week.

-We are pleased to have Mr. Ready join us in trying to kick-start meaningful negotiations," said Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association (HSPBA) Chief Negotiator Jeanne Meyers.

Rotating strikes planned for Thursday, Friday as health science professionals pressure for a new union contract

As health science professionals return to the bargaining table today, plans to begin rotating strikes have been delayed one day to demonstrate good faith in the bargaining process. Talks between the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association and Health Employers Association of BC are scheduled to continue through the week.

With the change, the rotating strikes will begin Thursday, December 6. That day, pharmacy services at BC hospitals will be reduced to essential service levels only from 9 a.m. to midnight.

There will be no picket lines.