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Social-service workers walk off the job; One-day strike held to highlight staff who say they are among lowest paid public servants, despite caring for province's most vulnerable residents

Times Colonist (Victoria)

Workers who care for the disabled, counsel battered women and provide support to sexual-assault victims walked off the job at 13 agencies in Greater Victoria Thursday to push for higher wages.
It was the largest job action since 15,000 community social-service workers across the province began a series of rotating strikes Oct. 16.
The 10 unions that represent the workers say they are among the lowest paid in the public service, despite caring for the province's most vulnerable citizens.

Union backs off hospital job action

South Delta Leader 

The union representing health science professionals in B.C. has called off job action that cancelled or postponed some medical procedures at Delta Hospital last week, but workers remain without a contract with the province.

The Health Sciences Association of B.C. (HSABC) triggered a job action across the province last Thursday and Friday, despite the fact both sides have agreed to mediation.

Strike puts workers behind coats and coffee, not pickets

Nanaimo News Bulletin

Instead of picketing group homes, social services workers in Nanaimo opted to back their demand for better wages by giving away coats, blankets and coffee Thursday.
The job action happened at Diana Krall Plaza downtown, where Hospital Employees' Union and Health Sciences Association members gave away clothing, cookies, hot chocolate and coffee to people in need.

Social services workers on strike

Times Colonist (Victoria)

Workers from 13 community social services agencies will be off the job today in the largest job action since rotating strikes began two months ago.
The workers will be at Centennial Square between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., with a rally at noon.
Agencies targeted for job action include Victoria Women's Transition House Society, Community Living Victoria, Victoria Women's Sexual Assault Centre and the Garth Homer Society.
Essential services levels will be maintained where required.

Horns blare support for striking workers

Campbell River Courier-Islander

Car horns were blaring on Dogwood Street on Monday, not because of the traffic lights but in support for the community social services workers who staged a one day walk out and picket line at Dogwood and 3rd Avenue.
Cherie Dobbie, Chair of the local BC Government Employees Union said that community social services workers such as speech and occupational therapists, semi independent living support workers, infant development workers and children's support workers are the lowest paid in the entire public sector.

Firefighters who refuse flu shot can don masks; Region's fire departments offer options to protect public safety

Times Colonist (Victoria)

Expect to see some Greater Victoria firefighters wearing surgical masks this flu season.
Greater Victoria fire chiefs have endorsed a policy patterned after one used by the B.C. Ambulance Service, in which members who choose not to get flu shots are required to wear surgical masks when attending to ill people, the elderly or when entering patient care facilities.
The requirement to wear a mask will be in effect only during flu season, which runs from late November through March.

Job action shuts hospital imaging for the day; Non-essential procedures cancelled last Friday as Delta Hospital targeted in rotating work stoppages

The Delta Optimist

Delta Hospital was targeted for job action last Friday
Patients scheduled for medical imaging procedures were notified their appointments had been cancelled.
The Health Sciences Association (HSA), represented by the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association (HSPBA), last week said rotating strikes at various facilities would take place on Thursday and Friday.

Health workers union rejects contract offer

The Globe and Mail 

VANCOUVER -- In a reaction perhaps unique in labour annals, negotiators for the Health Sciences Association are so outraged by the provincial government's last contract offer that they have called off their latest round of job action.

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.