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Black Wednesday for B.C. Nurses

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Many B.C. nurses are outraged by the government's

legislation to impose a contract that 96% (20,000)

said no to.

This government shows contempt and disrespect for the

very nurses that have been subsidizing the health care

system on our backs for too long.

The government has broken it's promise to the people

of B.C. about improving health care thereby placing our

patients in more jepordy by this action.

They even extened the cooling off period so the nurses

cannot do any legal protest until they have pushed

through the legislation.

This government offers up misleading information to the public

regarding an offer that they claim is on parity with the

Alberta nurses however it is not. The offer is $57 million

less than what nurses in Alberta begin earning April 1,2001.

The initial wage increase April 1, 2001 in this imposed

contract will be 2%. That is chump change for a front line

general duty level 6 nurse making $26.50 (Canadian).

There are also consessions regarding casual call in

by senority and removal of designated days off from

part time workers.

Our Premier Hon. Gordon Campbell has said he wants

to make B.C. a magnet for nurses to come to. Would you

want to work here? If not please let him know and his

team why you would not come to B.C.

Hon. Gordon Campbell Premier

Phone:250 387-1715

fax: 250 387-0087

po Box 9041


Victoria, B.C. Canada V8W 9E1

Hon. Colin Hansen Minister of Health Services

Phone: 250 953-3547

fax: 250 356-9587

po box 9050


Victoria, B. C. Canada V8W 9E2

Hon. Graham Bruce

Minister of Skills Development and Labour

Phone: 250 356 6348

Fax:250 356 356 6595

Po Box 9052


Victoria B.C. Canada V8W 9E2

If you want more information visit the BCNU web site or give

them a call at 604-433-2268

Please help out here and let these people know what you

think. I don't have a lot of computer skills so if someone

knows how to move this post to sites where we might get

some support I am sure it would be appreciated

Thanx in advance for taking the time to read my post

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