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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.

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.