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Health services workers strike

December 6, 2012
Nanaimo News Bulletin Byline: Niomi Pearson  A two-day strike by health care workers at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital and across the province will mean a delay in services for some residents. After nine months of contract negotiations and serving strike notice to B.C. employers, the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association (HSPBA) announced that job action will commence today and tomorrow (Dec. 6-7).

Surgery, lab tests to be delayed by strike

December 6, 2012
Castlegar News 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 was brought in Tuesday after negotiations that started in February failed to produce an agreement. The Health Employers Association of B.C. issued a statement Wednesday warning that the unions intend to go ahead with its first rotating strikes despite the mediation effort.

Comox hospital cancels scans due to job action by technicians

December 6, 2012
Comox Valley Record St. Joseph's General Hospital has cancelled about 70 diagnostic imaging scans on Dec. 7 due to medical imaging technicians' job action.

Health science professionals plan continuation of rotating strikes

December 6, 2012
Health science professionals began rotating strikes today to put pressure on government to get serious about bargaining a new collective agreement with the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association (HSPBA).

Community Health Services and Support: New bargaining dates scheduled

December 6, 2012
Community Health bargaining is scheduled to resume January 7, 2013.   When bargaining resumes in the new year, the bargaining committee is looking for the employer to bring a solid offer to the table that meets the needs of the Community Bargaining Association The CBA represents more than 14,000 members, the majority of whom are represented by the BCGEU. Other unions at the table are HSA, UFCW, HEU, CUPE, USWA, and CLAC.

Surgery, lab tests to be delayed by strike

December 6, 2012
The Daily Bulletin (Kimberley) 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.

Surgery, lab tests to be delayed by strike

December 5, 2012
BC Local News By Tom Fletcher - BC Local NewsPublished: 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.

Mandatory flu shots for health workers delayed; Government temporarily backs away from its original plan

December 5, 2012
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 work towards voluntary compliance from workers in the first year of the program.

Hospital pharmacies start rotating strikes

December 5, 2012
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 still assessing on Tuesday how the hospital would respond to the job action, a health authority spokeswoman said.

Flu shot rules relaxed; B.C. health-care workers have year to ease into new policy

December 5, 2012
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 program.