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BC Health Strike

December 10, 2012
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.

B.C.'s health science professionals call off job action

December 9, 2012
The Province Byline: Derek Spalding  This week's anticipated cancellation of medical procedures throughout Vancouver Island hospitals was called off Sunday, but the dispute between health professionals and their employers continues. After three days of talks overseen by veteran labour mediator Vince Ready, members of the Health Sciences Association of B.C. charged Sunday that they are being goaded into a strike by the government's bargaining group, the Health Employers Association of B.C.

Health sciences union to end rotating strikes, but deal appears no closer; Rotating strikes to end, without health deal

December 9, 2012
Broadcast news VICTORIA - B.C.'s health science professionals have called off rotating strikes after getting a new contract proposal from the provincial government, but the union says it's not taking the deal. The province tabled a wage increase and concessions just before midnight Saturday, but officials with the Health Science Association of BC say it still "far off the mark."

B.C. health services group calls off job action

December 9, 2012
theprovince.com B.C. health science professionals have called off rotating strikes planned for this week after the government tabled a proposal just after midnight Saturday. The Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association said the offer adds up to a general wage increase of 1.4 per cent over two years, and may include wage rollbacks.

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

December 9, 2012
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.

Job action cancels almost 200 procedures

December 8, 2012
The Daily News (Kamloops) About 200 outpatient procedures were cancelled at Royal Inland Hospital on Friday as health science professionals continued their job action to pressure the province into a new collective agreement. Diagnostic-imaging services operated at essential levels only, with just three staff on duty, said Anne Ross, the Health Sciences Association's job action co-ordinator for Kamloops. Usually there are 40 X-ray technologists and radiation therapists on duty at a given time, said Ross.

B.C. healthcare professionals' job action disrupts medical services

December 7, 2012
Vancouver Sun The second stage of strike action by members of the Health Sciences Association hits B.C. 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. The union's job action began yesterday with hospital pharmacists offering only essential services, and it continues Sunday when hospital lab services will also be reduced to essential services.

Health staff start job action

December 7, 2012
Prince George Citizen Some elective surgeries are expected to be postponed Friday as members of the Health Sciences Association of B.C. complete a two-day job action. For 24 hours beginning at midnight Friday morning, staff who operate diagnostic imaging equipment such as MRIs will reduce their staffing levels to minimum essential levels across the province. There will be enough staff on hand to cover emergency situations, but not handle a full patient load.

Wages in B.C. falling behind other provinces, union says

December 7, 2012
Times Colonist (Victoria) Hospital professional staff undertaking rotating strikes across B.C. are paid less than counterparts in other provinces, union figures show. Some professional hospital employees could earn as much as $10 more an hour in Alberta, said dietitian Bill Hadden, co-chief union steward at Victoria General Hospital for the Health Sciences Association of B.C. "We're losing a lot of our younger members," he said.