HEU opens bargaining in contracted support service sector
On May 24 and 25, bargaining officially got underway for the first of 13 collective agreements between HEU members and four multinational contractors who provide support service across three health authorities.
HEU members who work for Compass Group in Vancouver Coastal Health Authority and Providence Health Care are the first group of workers from the sector to enter into negotiations for their first collective agreement. Discussions with the employer made some progress on several issues. Bargaining is set to resume in mid-August.
Leading up to talks with Compass, HEU members took part in two actions in support of bargaining. On May 23, hundreds of HEU members at many work sites wore stickers that backed support service member demands and their negotiators.
Then on the morning of May 24, HEU secretary-business manager Jennifer Whiteside along with over 35 bargaining team members from all four employer groups made a show of solidarity, letting Compass know how important these negotiations are for the 4,000-plus HEU members in the sector. Even though Compass refused to meet with the larger group, the message from these members, who work for Acciona, Aramark, Compass-Marquise and Sodexo, was loud and clear.