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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. -And weve already seen the benefit...

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...

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,"...

Vernon Morning Star There is going to be some disruption in services at Vernon Jubilee Hospital this week. As part of an ongoing labour dispute, pharmacists will reduce their work to essential services Thursday. On Friday, medical imaging technologists who conduct X-rays, CT scans, MRIs and ultrasounds will reduce their work to essential service levels. "Health science professionals have been...

Kamloops Daily News By Mike Youds The Daily News; Canadian Press A decision to ease introduction of a policy requiring thousands of health-care workers to receive flu vaccinations is winning applause from some corners. Instead of forcing workers to get flu shots, the Health Ministry says it will work toward getting compliance from workers in the first year of the...

Kamloops Daily News Pressing for a wage hike, members of the Health Sciences Association of B.C. are set to begin rotating strikes at hospitals across the province. The strikes begin Thursday when pharmacy services at hospitals, including Royal Inland Hospital, will be reduced to essential service levels from 9 a.m. to midnight. There will be no picket lines. RIH was...

Alberni Valley News By Terri Theodore Source: The Canadian Press 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...

BC Local News By Tom Fletcher - BC Local News Published: 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. Mediator Vince Ready...

On December 6, Canadians will once again pause to remember the importance of taking action against violence against women and girls. The date was declared by Canadas Parliament in 1991, in commemoration of the December 6, 1989 Montreal Massacre. Violence against women continues to be a serious issue in Canada. And most alarmingly is the violence against Aboriginal women and...

Aboriginal Service workers and social workers from Vancouver Aboriginal Child and Family Services Society (VACFSS) are on strike on Tuesday, December 4. Striking workers want to send a clear message to the BC government: stop putting vulnerable Aboriginal families last! Since 2004, the BC Liberal government has cut $300 million in funding for programs that support vulnerable aboriginal families, recent...