News releases for 1999

Union negotiators say contract talks with CSSEA at critical stage Despite slow progress on discussions around wage and benefit levels and child care issues, HEU and the other union... Read More
Member actions keep heat on politicians B.C.’s 10,000 community social services workers including more than 800 HEU members entered week 12 of province-wide job action while their... Read More
But five unions in bargaining association reject deal The paramedical bargaining association has ratified a contract settlement proposed by mediator Brian Foley by a margin of 79 p... Read More
In a tentative five-year agreement reached May 29, HEU and its sister unions have won parity and critical successorship/employment security provisions. Retroactive to April 1, 1998... Read More
Wage parity, successorship protection main messages in province-wide ad campaign Two radio ads supporting community social services sector bargaining air throughout B.C. from Janua... Read More
Activists strategize at historic multi-union bargaining conference Community social services members from HEU, CUPE, HSA, and the BCGEU made history when they gathered for the firs... Read More
CSSEA flip-flops on definition of residential care worker A last minute flip-flop by CSSEA on the definition of residential care workers (RCW), has led to the postponement of this... Read More
Paramedical professionals are poised for job action The paramedical bargaining association issued a 72-hour strike notice on Tuesday, January 5, coinciding with the first of three... Read More
In the event that further job action is necessary in community social services, HEU strike headquarters remain ready in: Victoria (includes Sidney) #2 - 774 Bay Street ph: 250-388-... Read More
No pickets in first week At 3 p.m. Friday, Jan. 8, mediator Brian Foley adjourned the second round of mediated talks between the paramedical professional bargaining association and... Read More
Provincial strike coordinating committee meets Thursday to plan next move After two days of successful job actions March 8 and 9, highlighted by rallies in cities throughout the pr... Read More
In the meantime, union bargaining association agrees not to escalate job action In a late-breaking development Thursday afternoon, the paramedical professional bargaining associati... Read More
The time to end wage and benefit discrimination in female-dominated sector is now Community social services workers resumed job action March 15 with a focus on delivering their mes... Read More
Mass demo April 8 in Victoria to highlight Week 5 on job action MORE THAN 500 striking community social services workers braved unseasonably cold temperatures to walk an early morn... Read More
Government-appointed mediator to try again to resolve dispute Paramedical professional job action culminated last week in an agreement to resume mediated talks over the weekend, bu... Read More
Rotating actions underscore demand for end to wage and benefit discrimination Striking HEU community social services (CSS) workers kept up the pressure on politicians this past wee... Read More
Clients at risk, workers’ anger grows as CSSEA ignores calls to return to bargaining table Over 1,500 striking community social services workers, angry and frustrated at the govern... Read More
Meanwhile, registered nurses vote 71% in favour of a new collective agreement. Mediator Brian Foley released recommendations for settlement of a new paramedical professional contra... Read More
HEU negotiators hopeful as CSSEA prepares to table new proposal Bargaining in the community social services sector resumes Thursday, April 22. HEU, along with HSA, CUPE, and the BC... Read More
HEU members to plan creative job actions at regional meetings Community social services employers have voted 100 per cent in favour of locking out HEU care-providers in the Lower M... Read More
All non-monetary issues resolved, unions await government response on employment security, health benefits proposals Community social services bargaining, with the assistance of go... Read More
Report targets take home pay, undermines LTD By unanimous votes, HEU’s Provincial Executive and Provincial Bargaining Committee are recommending to the union’s paramedical members... Read More
HEU members asked to serve on joint committee Though talks collapsed last November, HEU’s community social services members continue to be active on several fronts away from the ba... Read More
Campbell River, Nanaimo members rally, demand return to bargaining tableRead More
CSSEA fails to produce on premiers’ commitment HEU, BCGEU, CUPE and HSA launched a province-wide walkout May 3 after ten days of bargaining failed to result in a settlement. “We’re... Read More
HEU says provocative move a barrier to talks As community social services workers entered week nine of job action, the NDP government has taken the unprecedented action of promotin... Read More
But union, employers still differ on terms of inclusion Since the onset of bargaining, HEU has maintained that its community social services locals certified after April 1, 1998 sh... Read More
Oct. 1 wage increase delayed to health care's lowest paid workers Community social services sector employers are pleading poverty and that's keeping HEU members poor. The hard-won... Read More
Joint release of Community Social Services sector unions, HEU, BCGEU, CUPE and HSA Negotiators for four unions warned at a news conference today that B.C. may be on the verge of th... Read More
joint release of BCGEU, CUPE, HEU and HSA Striking community social services workers will keep up the pressure on politicians on Wednesday, March 24, with a rally beginning at 2:30... Read More
Union will release full details at media conference call tomorrow at 10 a.m. The Hospital Employees' Union says that today's media coverage of the controversial implementation of a... Read More
But federal contribution in 2004 will only reach 1995 levels, says HEU B.C.’s largest health care union says today’s federal budget is an important but limited measure to restore a... Read More
joint release of BCGEU, CUPE, HEU and HSA The three-week old job action to end wage and benefit discrimination for workers in the community social services sector escalated this mo... Read More
Stakeholders tell health board—start again, improve rehab services The message to the Vancouver/Richmond Health Board from the overflow crowd at yesterday's public forum on the pro... Read More
joint release of BCGEU, CUPE, HEU and HSA Community social services workers in Port Alberni will strike tomorrow, March 19, as part of the ongoing escalation of job action by 10,00... Read More
Appeal could delay wage justice for thousands of caregivers A move by health employers to appeal a major pay equity ruling will delay justice for tens of thousands of health care w... Read More
1999 budget rejects extreme fiscal measures proposed by big business Today’s provincial budget, which includes a $615 million boost to health care, reflects the value British Colum... Read More
The Hospital Employees' Union, the B.C. Coalition of People with Disabilities and the B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union are holding a public forum to shed light on a Van... Read More
Chris Allnutt, secretary-business manager of the Hospital Employees' Union, will be available for comment on the provincial budget to be tabled Tuesday. Allnutt will be available b... Read More
Arbitrator Allan Hope Q.C. released his long-awaited decision in the case of Nanaimo Regional General Hospital worker Vicki Bertram, and it is not good news for the union activist... Read More
Employer's efforts to keep five security guards out of the union appear to override dignity and respect due to deceased and their families Eagle Ridge Hospital in Port Moody has di... Read More
joint release of BCGEU, CUPE, HEU and HSA Hundreds of striking community social services workers from around the Lower Mainland joined the picket lines of child care workers on str... Read More
HEU postpones ratification votes, plans Friday rally in Victoria A last minute flip-flop by community social services employers on the agreement that ended an eleven week strike la... Read More
People with disabilities, health care providers applaud board's decision for comprehensive, inclusive review of rehab services Four months of hard work paid off for people with dis... Read More
Health minister's announcement will be hot topic at public meeting on privatization of seniors' care Tuesday evening Local Medicare advocates are optimistic that a broadening of th... Read More
Opportunity for on-the-spot telephone interviews with HEU leadership, activists Health care workers from across the province will join thousands of other British Columbians at a ma... Read More
Decision made without proper consultation on rehab services, says union A decision by the Vancouver/Richmond Health Board to close a major rehabilitation hospital must be reversed,... Read More
HEU president appears before Commons Finance Committee today at 5 p.m. in Vancouver Ottawa needs to take action in its 2000 budget to restore its credibility on the Medicare questi... Read More
Joint release of BCGEU, CUPE, HEU and HSA On the eve of province-wide job action, unions representing 10,000 community social services workers have released a poll showing strong p... Read More
HEU votes 92 per cent in favour of historic collective agreement Community social services workers, members of the Hospital Employees' Union, have ratified a new collective agreeme... Read More
Advocates hope that board will scrap flawed rehab plan People with disabilities, health care providers, and advocacy organizations will find out if their hard work to save the G.F.... Read More
joint release of BCGEU, CUPE, HEU and HSA Community social services workers resume job action this week, and will focus on delivering their message to provincial politicians that i... Read More
The Hospital Employees' Union says the NDP's Public Sector Pension Plan Act represents a long overdue reform of B.C.'s public sector pensions providing workers with an equal say in... Read More
Private health care giant MDS Inc. could face some major turbulence in upcoming lab restructuring talks in B.C., after a special research investigation found the company is a major... Read More
Joint release of BCGEU, CUPE, HEU and HSA The B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union, Canadian Union of Public Employees, Hospital Employees' Union and Health Sciences Associ... Read More
Joint release of BCGEU, CUPE, HEU and HSA Striking community social services workers, angry and frustrated at the government's refusal to end wage and benefit discrimination in the... Read More
B.C.'s largest health care union has given the nod to Premier Glen Clark's creation of two new cabinet positions targeted at social and community development. And the Hospital Empl... Read More
The Hospital Employees' Union says the recent hospital bed crisis that has put extreme pressure on emergency departments, forced patient diversions and resulted in cancelled surgic... Read More
Proposals would reward negligent employers, says HEU B.C.'s largest health care union says recommendations contained in the final installment of the WCB royal commission's report w... Read More
Union is especially pleased about big increase in long-term care spending. B.C.’s largest health care union congratulated the provincial government on today’s announcement that it... Read More
Joint release of BCGEU, CUPE, HEU and HSA Community social services workers are hoping that statements made earlier this week by the premier will result in new proposals from gover... Read More
Fred Muzin, president of the Hospital Employees’ Union, sent a letter today to labour minister Joy MacPhail strongly urging her and the NDP government to follow through on their pr... Read More
Union to make crucial presentation against joint venture with MDS and unveil special research investigation at CHR board meeting tonight Activists from the Hospital Employees' Unio... Read More
Joint release of BCGEU, CUPE, HEU and HSA Ten thousand workers in the community social services sector will continue their job action to end wage and benefit discrimination with a... Read More
Joint release of BCGEU, CUPE, HEU and HSA Over 1,500 striking community social services workers marched through downtown Victoria today, calling for the government to live up to it... Read More
HEU's community social services sector has a new collective agreement Nine days after the Hospital Employees' Union's community social services workers voted 92 per cent to ratify... Read More
$6.5 million a good start to facing the challenge of developing bold long-range solutions and modernizing Medicare British Columbia's biggest health care union is welcoming Health... Read More
Joint release of BCGEU, CUPE, HEU and HSA The women and men who care and work with the most vulnerable members of our society, including very young children and adults with physica... Read More
Health care unions, B.C. Coalition of People with Disabilities call for provincial agency to oversee rehab services The Hospital Employees' Union, the B.C. Coalition of People with... Read More
Hospital Employees' Union members in the Victoria-area are launching a public campaign to fight the privatization of laboratory services in area hospitals. The campaign begins toda... Read More
joint release of BCGEU, CUPE, HEU and HSA Ten thousand workers in the community social services sector will commence a province-wide strike on International Women's Day, March 8, i... Read More
57 per cent say BCMA reduced activity days should be cancelled to help reduce surgery wait lists Most British Columbians feel that the B.C. Medical Association should cancel next w... Read More
Health care providers, people with disabilities advocates to call for improved rehab services for British Columbians The Hospital Employees' Union, joined by the B.C. Coalition of... Read More
But new initiatives required to construct long-term care facilities within public/non-profit sector, says HEU B.C.'s largest health care union says today's announcement by Health M... Read More
joint release of BCGEU, CUPE, HEU and HSA Workers in the community social services sector will resume strike action on Monday, March 15. Pickets will go up at selected worksites in... Read More