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HSA to watch hospital funding changes closely

June 1, 2010
The Report: June 2010 vol.31 num.3 PATIENTS MUST ALWAYS BE TOP PRIORITY FOR INNOVATIONS IN HEALTH CARE HEALTH MINISTER KEVIN FALCON has announced pilot programs for shifting hospitals to funding based on the number of patients they treat. HSA President Reid Johnson says he welcomes innovative changes in the delivery of health care, but will be watching as the patient-focused funding initiative unfolds. -Theres no question our health care system needs to be innovative and responsive," Johnson said.

Modernizing the classification system

June 1, 2010
The Report: June 2010 vol.31 num.3 BY DAVID FAIREY, KATHY McLENNAN AND JEANNE MEYERS HSPBAS CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM WAS FIRST DESIGNED SOME 40 YEARS AGO. TODAY, MANY EMPLOYEES AND EMPLOYERS HAVE DIFFICULTY WITH A SYSTEM DESIGNED FOR A SMALLER AND LESS COMPLEX BARGAINING UNIT. DELEGATES TO THE NOVEMBER BARGAINING PROPOSAL CONFERENCE DIRECTED HSA TO MODERNIZE THE CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM IN CURRENT CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS. THAT WORK HAS NOW BEGUN.

STRONG. MODERN. CARING.

June 1, 2010
The Report: June 2010 vol.31 num.3 WITH A TOUGH ROUND OF BARGAINING ONLY JUST BEGUN, and in the face of short-sighted provincial cuts, delegates gathered at the Hotel Vancouver to grapple with the issues underlying this years theme: a strong union, its members an essential part of the changing and modern health care system, standing up for the patients they care for every day. PLENARY - THURSDAY, APRIL 15

Panel discussion on economic justice for women June 2 in Vancouver

May 31, 2010
The Vancouver and District Labour Council women's committee presents a panel discussion on economic justice for women Wednesday June 2. The panel will feature Adrienne Montani from First Call and the Living Wage Campaign, Jocelyn Vergabera from the Phillipine Women's Centre, and a representative from UNITE HERE Local 40. The panel will be held as follows: Wednesday, June 27 - 9 p.m.Boardroom 1Maritime Labour Centre111 Victoria Drive, Vancouver

Hotel workers to rally at Hyatt June 9 for safe jobs

May 31, 2010
Hotel Workers Rising is a movement of hotel workers across North America rising up to improve their jobs and secure better lives for themselves and their families. This year, 2000 hotel workers in the Vancouver Metro area are negotiating new union contracts in tandem with 60,000 hotel workers across the continent. Rally at the Hyatt RegencyWednesday, June 95 p.m.655 Burrard Street

Back chat; Readers react to the B.C. government cutback of funding for diagnostic scans such as magnetic resonance imaging

May 26, 2010
The Province Surely an emergency? My three-year-old granddaughter has a severe involuntary tic, and we were told by a neurologist she may have a brain tumour. She's been on a MRI waiting list for over six months. Completely unacceptable! We 've been told that the list is long and we have to go to a larger centre to have this done as it involves general anesthesia because the child is so young. Isn't this an emergency?

MRI wait 'unacceptable'

May 24, 2010
Abbotsford News By Jeff Nagel Wait times for non-urgent MRI scans have ballooned to 20 months in Abbotsford, according to figures released by the Ministry of Health. In addition, the wait is as much as 18 months at several Lower Mainland hospitals, according to a survey released by the NDP.

MRI waits unacceptable

May 20, 2010
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CSS bargaining committee meets with employers' group, tables proposals

May 20, 2010
The union bargaining committee for community social services workers met with the employers group this week in Richmond. The union bargaining committee tabled a comprehensive package of proposals aimed at making gains and restoring rights after years of cuts and concessions. Among other demands, the committee is seeking better sick leave provisions and wage parity with the community health sector. The Community Social Services Employers Association (CSSEA) tabled its own concessionary package offering no monetary gains.

Protecting quality public health care top priority at health science professionals bargaining table

May 19, 2010
Two days of discussions about a new contract for health science professionals wound up Wednesday afternoon with some progress on non monetary issues related to protecting quality health care. The union bargaining association (Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association) tabled contract language related to whistle-blower protection for health care professionals who speak up about illegal practices at work which put the care of patients or the safety of employees at risk.