HEU’s lobby initiative is underway

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Members tell finance minister about the work they do

The union’s lobby initiative began November 18 when a team of HEU members representing the five occupational families in health care’s facilities sector met with finance minister Carole Taylor to tell her about the challenging and diverse work they do in our fast-changing and complex health care system.

HEU secretary-business manager Judy Darcy says that the lobby initiative is a continuation of our 2004 election strategy that includes holding provincial politicians to account between elections.

“This particular round of lobbying flows from the occupational and sectoral conferences held earlier this fall and aims to raise awareness and educate MLAs about the vast array of jobs HEU members perform to ensure that British Columbians receive quality health care,” says Darcy.

The session with finance minister Taylor in her Vancouver-Langara constituency office was followed by a meeting with Vancouver-Burrard MLA Lorne Mayencourt. More appointments have been made with MLAs around the province, with the goal being to visit all 79.

“It’s important that legislators understand how seriously HEU members take their duties and responsibilities, and how much expertise and commitment they invest in caring for patients and residents,” says Darcy.

“No one can better describe the realities of working in health care — with all the challenges and rewards — than our members. They’re the experts.”