October 22, 2010

Memorial service for fallen Tofino paramedics set for November 6, statement from family

BURNABY—Memorial arrangements have been finalized for Jo-Ann Fuller and Ivan Polivka, the two Tofino ambulance paramedics who were killed in an accident earlier this week.

The memorial service will take place at 1 pm on Saturday, November 6 at Wickaninnish Community School in Tofino.

Arrangements for media intending to cover the memorial will be finalized soon.

The family of fallen paramedic Jo-Ann Fuller today released the following statement:

“We want to thank everyone for their overwhelming support and respect for our privacy during this impossible time.

October 19, 2010

Ambulance paramedics president's statement on tragic accident involving paramedics

RICHMOND – CUPE Local 873 (Ambulance Paramedics) President John Strohmaier today issued the following statement upon learning of the tragic deaths of two ambulance paramedics earlier today.

It is with deep sadness that I must confirm the loss in the line of duty of two paramedics during a motor vehicle crash early this morning. The paramedics were returning to their home base of Tofino, B.C. after transferring a patient to Port Alberni hospital.

July 12, 2010

HSPBA tables proposals aimed at protecting quality public health care

Bargaining for a new contract for health science professionals continued this week in Richmond, with the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association (HSPBA) tabling a number of proposals aimed at protecting quality public health care.

“As health care professionals, we are deeply concerned with maintaining our quality public health care system.

June 21, 2010

Unions table proposals to address health science professional shortages

BURNABY—The Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association tabled proposals today at the bargaining table aimed at protecting and improving quality public health care in hospitals and communities across the province.

Two key proposals address continued problems health authorities have in recruiting and keeping the health science professionals critical to the modern health care team.

“Our health care system needs health science professionals to function properly,” said CUPE’s bargaining committee representative Frank DeWaard.

April 9, 2010

Health science professionals’ talks focus on job evaluation

BURNABY—The expiry of the 2006 – 2010 Health Science Professionals collective agreement on March 31, 2010 was marked with continued discussion between the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association and Health Employers Association of BC about the principles that will be used for a thoughtful discussion in negotiating a collective agreement that protects quality health care and values the work of health science professionals.

HSPBA’s Chief Negotiator Maureen Headley said the discussion on a classifications system that reflects a modern health care team must start with the em

April 9, 2010

Layoffs, privatization for ambulance service

RICHMOND – Paramedics say proposed layoffs and privatization are a major blow to the quality of ambulance service in B.C.

Ambulance Paramedics of BC, CUPE 873, president John Strohmaier said privatization of non-emergency ambulances will only hurt the service. “We need only look to the private transfer fleets operating in Ontario and the U.S. to see the disastrous impacts that for-profit ambulances can have on patients,” said Strohmaier.

March 29, 2010

HSPBA begins bargaining to improve health care delivery

BURNABY–Talks got underway today for a new collective agreement for health science professionals who deliver critical diagnostic, clinical and rehabilitation services that British Columbians depend on for their good health.

The bargaining committee’s mandate is to achieve a collective agreement that protects quality health care and values the work of health science professionals.

CUPE is a member of the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association (HSPBA), in which the Health Science Associations of BC (HSA) is the lead union, and also includes members of BCGEU, PEA,

March 3, 2010

Community Health contract ratified

BURNABY – The BCGEU announced today that the contract negotiated on behalf of community health workers has been ratified by a vote of 76 per cent.

All four CUPE Community Health sector locals (CUPE 4816, 3495, 15, and 3403-01) soundly rejected the tentative agreement reached with the Health Employer’s Association (HEABC) and the BCGEU in early January.

The tentative agreement offers no general wage increases for two years and trades off hard-won existing benefits for new benefits.

March 2, 2010

Health Sciences Professionals negotiations scheduled

VANCOUVER–The Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association (HSPBA) and Health Employers Association of BC (HEABC) have agreed to begin contract discussions March 17, 2010. The current collective agreement expires at the end of March.

Health Sciences Association (HSA) is the lead union, representing 16,000 health science professionals in the HSPBA. CUPE represents over 500 members in this bargaining association represented by CUPE Locals 15, 1978 and 4816.

February 19, 2010

Fourth CUPE Local rejects tentative agreement

VANCOUVER - CUPE 3403-01 members voted on Thursday to reject the tentative Community Health agreement, the final of four locals to vote against the deal.