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News Article - Horizon cuts radiology jobs



CHRIS MORRIS Legislature Bureau 
January 22, 2014

FREDERICTON – The Horizon Health Network says its decision to eliminate 12 positions in X-ray departments in Fredericton, Saint John and Moncton will not impact patient care or wait times.

Daniel Hickey, regional director for Horizon’s diagnostic imaging department, said Wednesday eight radiology technicians were laid off and four vacant positions eliminated in a move designed to streamline services and cut costs.

The staff reductions will save the health network about $500,000 annually.

“The positions that were affected through the layoffs were in the area of general radiology,” Hickey said in an interview.

“We are not anticipating as a result of the layoffs any increase in waiting times for general radiology. This decision was largely taken as an attempt to standardize and look for improved operations and efficiencies. It is not anticipated to have a detrimental impact on wait times or services. The hours of operation and services remain unchanged in those particular areas.”

New Brunswick Union president Susie Proulx-Daigle said two of the layoffs are in Moncton, three in Saint John and three in Fredericton.

“How can this not affect patient care?” she said.

“These are front-line workers in X-ray and one in nuclear medicine. It also raises serious recruitment and retention issues. Our members in these areas tell us they’re very busy and already felt their departments were short-staffed. With fewer people now to do the work, how can it be more efficient?”

Last Updated (Thursday, 23 January 2014 10:04)

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Province Appoints Board members for pension plan


10 January 2014

FREDERICTON (GNB) – The provincial government has appointed three members, including one retiree, to the board of trustees for the Public Service Shared Risk Plan. In addition, the New Brunswick Nurses Union, the New Brunswick Union and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers have each appointed one representative.

Last Updated (Friday, 17 January 2014 09:13)

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NB Union makes important donation to pay equity


Susie Proulx-Daigle (left), President of the New Brunswick Union, presented a cheque for $8,684 ($1 per member) to Wendy Robbins (left), Co-President of the 2013-2014 fundraising campaign of the NB Coalition for Pay Equity, 'Pay Equity: It’s only fair. Donate today!” The campaign has now reached $65,000. “The New Brunswick Union wants to show its solidarity to pay equity with this donation. I encourage all of you to support the Coalition as everyone’s help counts,” says Susie Proulx-Daigle. With the population’s help, Wendy Robbins is confident to reach the $90,000 goal.

Last Updated (Thursday, 09 January 2014 10:18)


Retirees to receive full cost of living increase in 2014

The Government of New Brunswick has issued the following news release:

FREDERICTON (GNB) – Retirees who had been receiving pensions under the Public Service Superannuation Act will receive a cost-of-living increase in 2014 equal to 100 per cent of the inflation rate under the new shared risk plan.

"With the measures we have implemented, retirees can be assured that their pensions will never go below their current level and cost-of-living increases will continue to be provided," said Finance Minister Blaine Higgs. "We have been clear that, while the public service shared risk plan is designed to provide members with cost-of-living increases at a minimum of 75 per cent of inflation during a 20-year period, it has the ability to pay 100 per cent, which it will this year."

Last Updated (Tuesday, 14 January 2014 09:51)

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Job Opportunity - Highway Supervisor I-II

Please click on the following link to view a job opportunity with the Government of New Brunswick as a Highway Supervisor in the Saint. Martin Division.  

Highway Supervisor Job Opportunity

Last Updated (Thursday, 19 December 2013 15:18)