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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.

Job action will impact patient services at KBRH

December 7, 2012
Trail Daily Times Brief job action by hospital pharmacists and medical imaging technicians is expected to impact patient services at Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital today, says a spokesperson for Interior Health Authority. Karl Hardt said Thursday that Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association (HSPBA) health science employees' job action will affect the hospital's operation Friday. "There will be some impact (today)," he said, although he could not elaborate Thursday on what all would be affected.

BC Health Strike

December 7, 2012
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. 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.

Strike halts tests, scans in hospitals

December 7, 2012
Times Colonist (Victoria) Byline: Katherine Dedyna  More than 500 medical imaging procedures slated across Vancouver Island today have been cancelled as X-ray and CT scan specialists in B.C. take rotating strike action to press for a new contract.

Community workers from not-for-profit agencies striking Monday

December 7, 2012
Comox Valley Record North Island community workers will strike in Campbell River and Courtenay on Monday. Professionals from not-for-profit agencies that support vulnerable families on the North Island will be on strike Dec. 10. Community workers want to send a clear message to the B.C. government: Stop putting vulnerable families last!

B.C. healthcare professionals' job action disrupts medical services (version 2)

December 7, 2012
vancouversun.com vancouversun.com  Fri Dec 7 2012  Section: OnLine  Byline: Gordon Hoekstra  Nearly 3,000 patients around the province have had their X-rays, mammograms and MRIs cancelled because of a rotating strike by health science professionals. On Monday, the Health Science Association-led job action is scheduled to move to laboratory personnel, who will only provide urgently needed tests, after pharmacists withdrew their services on Thursday.

B.C. health science professionals begin rotating job action

December 7, 2012
The Province Health science professionals in B.C. began rotating job actions on Thursday to put pressure on the government to deliver a new collective agreement. The job action began with hospital pharmacists reducing their services to essential services only, said the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association. Starting Friday, workers who deliver diagnostic imaging services will also cut back to essential services, the association said.

BC health science professionals to escalate job actions to win new contract; BC health workers plan more job action

December 7, 2012
Canadian Press VANCOUVER - Health science professionals in British Columbia began rotating job actions on Thursday to put pressure on the government to deliver a new collective agreement. The Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association says the job action began with hospital pharmacists reducing their services to essential services only. Starting Friday, the association says workers who deliver diagnostic imaging services will also cut back to essential services.