News Stories of Interest, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013

Good afternoon. It’s German Unity Day in, of course, Germany, marking the day in 1990 East and West Germany were reunited after 45 years. It’s National Day in Iraq (marking independence from Britain in 1932). It’s National Foundation Day in South Korea and Soldiers Day in Honduras. On this day in 1952, post-war tea rationing ended in Britain. Here in Alberta, it’s a slow news day by any measure, especially with regards to news stories of interest to UNA members and staff:

[Link]Unions could challenge public sector pension rollback: expert

Labour leaders angry over the province’s bid to scale back pension benefits for public sector workers could have some luck challenging the cuts in court, a pension researcher tells the Calgary Herald. Ronald Davis, a law professor at the University of British Columbia, said lunions could argue that the government is interfering with collective bargaining. Davis, who also researches pension legislation, cited an Alberta law that says during contract negotiations the government cannot change any condition of employment until a collective agreement is in place or an arbitration board has awarded a settlement.

Alberta reaches new compensation deal with pharmacists

Alberta has reached a new four-year compensation deal with the Alberta Pharmacists’ Association that, if ratified, could end months of dispute between the two parties. Financial details of the agreement-in-principle were not available yesterday, but the province announced that it will feature four years of stable funding, changes to dispensing fees pharmacists get for filling prescriptions, and an updated compensation fees for other services.

Open-access science journals afflicted by ‘Wild West’ approach

Over the past year, a study describing the astounding anti-cancer properties of a chemical found in lichen was submitted to hundreds of open-access scientific journals. There was just one problem: The study was garbage – riddled with blatant errors, meaningless graphs and ethical red flags – and its authors were imaginary.

Fabry Disease diagnostic tool touted

A genetic condition that attacks multiple organs and usually results in fatal heart problems can be detected using a new MRI technique developed at the University of Alberta. The discovery of this new diagnostic tool has resulted in updated clinical guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of Fabry Disease in Canada, a trade publication reports.

David Climenhaga
Communications Advisor
United Nurses of Alberta
780-425-1025 (Office)
780-717-2943 (Cellular)

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