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Community Health Services and Support: Bargaining talks stall; limited job action to commence

November 1, 2012
The Community Bargaining Association (CBA) has reviewed the employer's latest offer and has determined that there is no reason to return to the bargaining table at this time. The Health Employers Association of BC (HEABC) continues to hold the position that an increase in wages must be accompanied by an offset found within the collective agreement.

More tricks and no treats for health science professionals

October 31, 2012
The government announced today through the Health Employers Association of BC (HEABC) that bargaining a fair collective agreement for health science professionals ... who have been without a contract since April 2012 ... is not on the agenda. The day after the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association (HSPBA) tabled a framework agreement that includes a modest wage increase, HEABC returned to the table, explaining its hands are tied by the Ministry of Health, which refuses to apply the governments cooperative gains mandate for meaningful bargaining at the table.

UPDATED: Community social services: three agencies striking in Tri-Cities on November 1

October 31, 2012
Community social services professionals at three agencies that support children and adults with developmental disabilities and provide numerous other community services will be on strike tomorrow in Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam.  Striking workers will be protesting outside BC MLA Douglas Hornes office at 130 Brew Street, Port Moody on Thursday, November 1 from 10:30am to 1pm. Their message to the BC Liberal government: stop putting vulnerable families last!

Community service workers picket in Victoria today

October 30, 2012
Times Colonist (Victoria) Community service workers moved their rotating strike action to Victoria today, with pickets going up across the city. People who help adults with developmental disabilities, new immigrants and other vulnerable individuals are demanding higher wages and better working conditions. Community Living Victoria is behind picket lines set up by the Hospital Employees' Union at 3861 Cedar Hill Cross Road.

Community service workers to strike Victoria sites Tuesday

October 30, 2012
Times Colonist (Victoria) Community service workers move their rotating strike action to Victoria Tuesday, with pickets slated to go up across the city. People who help adults with developmental disabilities, new immigrants and other vulnerable individuals will walk off the job to press their demands for higher wages and better working conditions. Community Living Victoria is expected to be behind picket lines set up by the Hospital Employees' Union at 3861 Cedar Hill Cross Road.

Health science professionals table wage increase proposal

October 30, 2012
After more than six months of talks, the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association (HSBPA) today tabled a wage proposal in contract discussions with the Health Employers Association of BC (HEABC). The proposal is for 2% wage increases effective April 1, 2012 and April 1, 2013.

Clinical Pharmacists TV ad: Share and spread the word!

October 29, 2012
Hospital pharmacists are chronically understaffed. Theyre overextended in caring for patients who are increasingly acutely ill when they arrive at hospital. Clinical pharmacists ... along with other health science professionals -- are concerned that a chronic recruitment and retention crisis is eroding clinical care in BC. Clinical pharmacists have been speaking up to government representatives and reaching out to supporters about their important role in quality health care:

Community Social Services strike actions continue in Victoria on Tuesday, October 30

October 29, 2012
Stop ignoring critical resource needs in underfunded sector, workers tell government Rotating job actions are again underway this week in targeted community-based social services agencies, where workers are calling on government to provide the resources needed to improve their wages and working conditions. Noon-hour protest

Sick of the flu shot; Some health care workers in the Peace Region against mandatory vaccination

October 26, 2012
Alaska Highway News As flu season begins, the recent decision to require health care workers to either take the vaccine or wear a mask is being challenged by the Health Sciences Association (HSA). The unpopular measure has divided medical professionals in the Peace Region. "We're being asked to put something in our body (and) we have no idea where it's coming from," said one local health care worker, and member of the HSA.

Health union fighting needle-or-mask flu edict

October 25, 2012
Surrey North Delta Leader Byline: Jeff Nagel  Health care workers say a government order that they get the flu shot or else wear a mask this flu season amounts to a violation of their personal privacy. The Health Sciences Association of B.C. has filed a grievance on behalf of its members, who include various lab and imaging technologists, pharmacists and therapists.