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Labour dispute causes VJH disruptions

December 5, 2012
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 workers launch job action

December 5, 2012
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," said union president Reid Johnson, adding the system is already bogged down by long wait times due to staff shortages.

Mandatory flu shot policy suspended; Health workers urged to volunteer for needle

December 5, 2012
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 can work with patients.

Mediator involved in health science professionals contract bargaining

December 5, 2012
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.

Community social services: Vancouver Island job action next week, none over holidays

December 5, 2012
There will be no Community Social Services job action between December 17, 2012 and January 6, 2013. Details will be announced shortly regarding next weeks strike action (Dec 10-14) on Vancouver Island. As always, workers will be contacted directly if your agency or workplace is a target for job action.

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

December 5, 2012
Alberni Valley Times 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.

Workers cheer softened stand on flu shots

December 4, 2012
Globe and Mail By Rod Mickleburgh VANCOUVER -- The province's health-care workers are hailing a last- minute reprieve in a landmark policy by public health officials that would have forced them to receive a flu shot or wear a surgical mask during their shifts. Staff who refused to comply with the policy - the first of its kind in Canada - would have been liable to discipline, up to and including termination.

BC Flu Prevention

December 4, 2012
Canadian Press BC07 - (BC-Flu-Prevention) VANCOUVER. The head of the Health Sciences Association says his union is pleased the government has backed away from forcing its members to get a flu shot. Reid Johnson says members are encouraged to have flu vaccinations, but they don't want to be forced into something that involves their privacy. TAG: Instead of forcing workers to get flu shots, the Health Ministry plans to work on voluntary compliance from employees in the first year of the program. ---

B.C. government suspends mandatory flu shots for health workers for one year; B.C. backs off health workers flu shot plan

December 4, 2012
Canadian Press VANCOUVER - The B.C. government has temporarily backed away from its mandatory flu vaccination policy for thousands of provincial health care workers. Instead of forcing workers to get flu shots, the Health Ministry says it will work towards getting compliance from workers in the first year of the program. In a letter to B.C.'s health authority chief executive officers, deputy health minister Graham Whitmarsh says components of the influenza control policy would not be enforced for the first year.

Rotating strikes begin with hospital pharmacies

December 4, 2012
The Daily News (Kamloops) Pressing for a wage hike, members of the Health Sciences Association of British Columbia 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.