News releases for 2001

Compensation package includes ending wage discrimination against community health workers HEU and its union bargaining partners tabled a comprehensive package of wage, benefit and...
Health employers are expected to finally table a compensation offer when bargaining resumes next week. And after seven straight weeks of talks, HEU’s chief bargaining spokesperson...
After nine weeks at the bargaining table, health employers have tabled a compensation offer that HEU’s bargaining spokesperson calls “an incremental step towards parity” with...
Talks between paramedical professionals and the Health Employers Association are on hold while the unions’ negotiators consider their next move. One of the first moves of the new...
The 55 HEU members at Bear Creek Lodge, a private, for-profit multi-level seniors’ care facility in Surrey, have voted more than 70 per cent in favour of a new collective agreement...
A Jan. 29 decision by the Labour Relations Board sets out a comprehensive and speedy process that will guide employers and unions in establishing essential services and setting...
About 50 community health workers and their supporters gathered on Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside Monday afternoon to call attention to their fight for one contract and wage and...
Haida health care workers and their union are urging the Skidegate Band Council to adopt a new approach to bargaining collective agreements. The bargaining committee for the...
Employer-friendly deal will worsen B.C.’s health care crisis On August 9, 2001, Gordon Campbell’s Liberal government imposed a new collective agreement on paramedical professionals...
Closure of mental health unit during limited job action meant workers were laid off With collective bargaining now underway in the community and facility health subsectors,...
Health care workers at Children’s and Women’s Hospital in Vancouver rallied for almost two hours outside the entrance to Children’s Hospital today. Workers dropped by during their...
Members want a contract by month’s end, unions ready to go 24/7 to get it Strike votes are heading into the home stretch today as HEU members are turning out in record numbers...
HEU and the other unions representing 14,000 paramedical professionals served strike notice after asking mediator Stephen Kelleher to book out of talks earlier in the week. HEU’s...
As talks resumed today on both facilities and community issues, HEU activists from across the province were counting up tens of thousands of ballots cast by union members in an...
Contract talks between the paramedical professional unions and the Health Employers Association of B.C. deteriorated April 11 when the employer refused to table a wage proposal or...
Mediator Stephen Kelleher meeting with unions and employer
HEU members deliver record-breaking strike mandate When HEU’s bargaining committee returns to the table later today, they’ll do so armed with an convincing strike mandate that will...
Talks resume as members work to complete essential services levels
Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley will be hit on Friday
Equity and a fair wage increase at issue
Haida health workers want a September tentative contract Bargaining for the more than 55 HEU XAAYNANGAA NAAY local members made some movement forward during talks on July 31 and...
On the last weekend before contracts expire for 60,000 health services and support workers, negotiations were intense and progress was made on both facilities and community issues....
Health employers are stalling progress on a new collective agreement for 60,000 health care workers by refusing to move off their concession demands. Secretary-business manager...
HEU’s efforts to win fairness and justice for about 1,000 members were temporarily set back after arbitrator Stephen Kelleher ruled that they weren’t eligible to receive...
As bargaining resumes Mar. 23, health care workers rally for one contract in New Westminster
Today paramedical professionals walked off the job in a province-wide protest against the Liberal government’s plan to legislate an end to paramedical professionals’ and nurses’...
The Paramedical Bargaining Association representing 14,000 paramedical professionals opened negotiations with the Health Employers Association of B.C. on Tuesday, Jan. 30. “We say...
In an effort to bring pressure to bear on health employers to move off their concession demands, HEU and its bargaining partners are holding strike votes beginning on March 8 —...
HEABC asks for more time to prepare revised position
This week paramedical professionals will continue walkouts designed to underscore their importance to B.C.’s health care system. They will be targeting diagnostic, clinical and...
Health employers had their eyes opened to the consequences of short-staffing as a result of moving presentations by HEU members at the bargaining table this week. The front-line...
BCGEU settlement will positively impact our talks As HEU members gear up for strike votes starting later this week, health care unions tabled a revised position on the key...
HEU members from facilities across B.C. are preparing for job action Sunday after health employers refused to budge from a compensation position tabled earlier this week. Seventy...
The 14,000 paramedical professionals represented by the Paramedical Professional Bargaining Association will escalate their job action beginning Monday, June 18. The announcement,...
The unions’ negotiating one contract for 60,000 community and facilities services and support workers in health care have proposed to HEABC that there be parallel discussions in...
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Unions representing community caregivers reached a tentative agreement with health employers on March 29 which will set in motion a process that will move 15,000 B.C. health...
On day two of talks, HEABC tactics take on “retro” character In an opening volley harkening back to the 1980s, B.C.’s health employers have tabled a series of concession demands in...
HEABC dragging feet on monetary offer While health employers withdrew a handful of minor rollback demands in three days of talks this week on facility issues, they’ve still got a...
Employer turnaround linked to pressure from strike vote call In a sign that last week’s strike vote call is having the desired effect, the Health Employers Association of B.C....
The bargaining committee is recommending a strike vote after talks between the Paramedical Professional Bargaining Association and the Hospital Employers’ Association of B.C....
Unions focus in on employment security, safe workplaces; health employers withdraw sick bank demand On the fifth day of contract talks for 60,000 health services and support...
Feb. 21 to focus on workload pressures, solutions HEU members will be wearing colourful stickers on the job Feb. 21 to drive home the impact that low staffing levels have on their...
After ten days of talks, the Paramedical Professional Bargaining Association and the Health Employers’ Association of BC are no closer to negotiating a new collective agreement....
The paramedical professional bargaining association concluded three more days of negotiations with little progress to report. Negotiations centred around hours of work, WCB and...
Delaying tactics by the Community Social Services Employers Association mean that health care workers in this sector still do not have a printed copy of their ratified collective...
The Health Employers Association of B.C. presented a list of 30 demands last week when bargaining resumed at the Paramedical Professional table. The employer called for a wide...
HEU activists gathered at regional job action conferences this week in preparation for the next step in the fight for a new collective agreement. More than 300 HEU leaders met in...
Health employers are expected to table a compensation offer for 46,000 facilities health workers when bargaining resumes Thursday. But HEU’s chief bargainer says the failure of...
Talks between HEU, representing 50 kitchen and dining room staff at South Granville Park Lodge, and the employer have reached a crucial stage. With most non-monetary items signed...
Employers expand on concession demands this week Health employers want to slash your vacation to pay for any contract improvements for 60,000 community and facilities health...
On February 21 local activists at Children’s and Women’s Hospital in Vancouver found a very creative way to get the word out about the status of contract negotiations. Wearing...
Health care unions tabled a revised compensation proposal Wednesday afternoon in an effort to maintain momentum at the bargaining table and reach an agreement by March 31. The...
Union wants to adopt Social Services contract, employer wants a sub-standard agreement
HEU secretary-business manager Chris Allnutt discusses health care privatization with CKNW talk show host Rafe Mair. May 30, 2000 Download this photo (573 K)
Nursing staff at Queen’s Park long-term care facility in New Westminster demonstrate the use of a patient lifting device as part of a demonstration project to reduce workplace...
Wendy Armstrong of the Consumers’ Association of Canada (Alberta Branch) tells a rally outside the Vancouver Club why health care privatization is not such a good idea, while HEU...
HEU secretary-business manager Chris Allnutt, the chief spokesperson for the union. Download this photo (440 K)
Community social services workers, pictured here at rally at the B.C. legislature in Victoria, walked the picket line for 11 weeks in 1999 to achieve a breakthrough collective...
Laundry workers at Vancouver General Hospital in 1945. Credit: Vancouver Public Library. 1945 Download this photo (621 K)
HEU members joined tens of thousands of protestors at the WTO talks in Seattle. November 30, 1999 Download this photo (767 K)
Community social services workers, pictured here at rally at the B.C. legislature in Victoria, walked the picket line for 11 weeks in 1999 to achieve a breakthrough collective...
Where: Grassy knoll in front of Children’s Hospital on Oak Street When: March 14, 11 am - 1 pm Speaker: HEU secretary-business manager Chris Allnutt to speak at 11:30 am...
But unions respond to attack on pay equity for 46,000 hospital and long-term care workers by issuing strike notice
Progress at table leaves unions optimistic
The B.C. public and Gordon Campbell's Liberals are at odds on how to control the costs of the provincial Pharmacare program, according to a Hospital Employees’ Union/McIntyre &...
Union’s chief bargaining spokesperson will be available to local media at 9:15 a.m., Tuesday Local union activists from health care facilities around northern B.C. are gathering in...
Health care unions launch province-wide strike votes today Unions representing more than 60,000 health care workers are backing up their efforts to bargain wage equality for women...
Angered by employer demands for rollbacks and a lack of a monetary offer for community caregivers, unions representing 60,000 health care workers in communities across B.C. are...
While limiting impact on patient care, unions hope their efforts result in a fair agreement
Fifty-six per cent say private role should remain the same or decrease The B.C. Liberals may be contemplating a larger role for the private sector in delivering health care...
Union’s chief bargaining spokesperson will be available to local media at 9:20 a.m., Wednesday
Union's support based on its struggle against wage discrimination The Hospital Employees' Union says it strongly supports legislation introduced today in Victoria to enshrine pay...
B.C.’s largest health care union says a decision issued by the Labour Relations Board this afternoon that rules that strike notice was not properly served yesterday undermines the...
The Hospital Employees’ Union is applauding last night’s announcement from Victoria giving the go ahead for pilot projects for five new non-profit seniors care facilities in...
First contract recognizes cultures, traditions of First Nations health care workers
Push to delay smoking regulations sets bad precedent The Liberal government’s push to delay implementation to April 30, 2002 of the Workers’ Compensation Board’s Environmental...
63 % say wages should reflect role in ensuring patient safety British Columbians aren’t buying the argument that hospital laundry and cleaning staff should be paid the same as...
The Hospital Employees’ Union says today’s announcement by social development minister Mike Farnworth of $350 million in funding to expand the NDP’s day care strategy and...
Union’s chief bargaining spokesperson will be available to local media at 3:30 p.m., Wednesday
The start of province-wide strike votes on International Women’s Day, March 8, has prompted the Health Employers Association of B.C. (HEABC) to remove some concession demands,...
Buoyed by strong vote results, unions say they're determined to reach a negotiated settlement by March 31 [Vancouver] Health care workers from across B.C. have delivered a...
Today’s economic and fiscal update foreshadows deep cuts to health care and other important public services next year in order to pay for tax cuts for high income earners and...
Liberals’ business loyalties override WCB’s mandate to protect workers’ health The Hospital Employees’ Union condemns the Liberal government’s move to delay, until at least April...
British Columbians aren’t sold on a second round of tax cuts, according to a poll conducted for the Hospital Employees’ Union. In fact, 53 per cent of those surveyed in the...
HEU public opinion survey shows significant upswing in NDP voter support British Columbians are deeply divided over Liberal leader Gordon Campbell’s claim that big tax cuts will...
After seven weeks at the bargaining table, unions representing 60,000 front-line health care workers in hospitals, long-term care homes, health authorities and community agencies...
Health care unions launch province-wide strike votes today Unions representing more than 60,000 health care workers are backing up their efforts to bargain wage equality for women...
The following op-ed ran in the Vancouver Sun on September 27. There's no bigger challenge facing politicians, health-care workers and the public than the task of modernizing...
SFU economist concludes that support workers are a critical part of patient care in hospitals, long-term care facilities A groundbreaking study released today by the Hospital...
Ten days of talks scheduled over next four weeks Collective bargaining for more than 60,000 B.C. health care workers resumes Wednesday in Vancouver and representatives of health...
New collective agreement bodes well for labour's relationship with First Nations, says union NEW AIYANSH — B.C.'s largest health care union is hailing a new collective agreement...
Statement by Chris Allnutt, secretary-business manager of the Hospital Employees’ Union which represents 45,000 caregivers in hospitals, long-term care facilities and community...
Real cost of tax cuts signals end to Liberal honeymoon, says HEU The Hospital Employees’ Union learned on Friday that St. Paul’s Hospital is seriously considering shutting down its...
The Hospital Employees’ Union will be at two important meetings this week to oppose a proposed private hospital scheme to replace Abbotsford’s ageing MSA General Hospital and to...
HEU poll shows four out of five British Columbians favour fair wage increase for health care workers Health care unions’ bargaining proposals for increased staffing, action on...
Key endorsements to come Tuesday at special luncheon event to press for solutions to dangerous staffing situation
Rollback demands, employer inaction on parity for community caregivers the last straw Angered by employer demands for rollbacks and a lack of a monetary offer for community...
When HEU members decided to return to work, their employer told them they were trespassing
Three-year contract covers 46,000 hospital and long-term care workers
Move will only promote instability
Members of the Hospital Employees’ Union from MSA General Hospital in Abbotsford will attend tonight’s meeting of the Fraser Valley Health Board to speak against proposed plans to...
Top priorities include more nurses and hospital beds, expanded home support and long-term care B.C.’s health care system still faces tremendous pressures, but British Columbians...
Staffing levels in B.C.’s long-term care facilities don’t come close to meeting the basic daily care needs of residents, according to a new report released today by the Hospital...
Check Against Delivery Statement by Chris Allnutt, secretary-business manager of the Hospital Employees’ Union which represents 45,000 caregivers in hospitals, long-term care...
New contract improves caring conditions, strengthens health care — unions
Almost $10 billion less would have been spent on health care since 1991 if Campbell funding model had been in place
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Seniors, patient advocates and health workers are gathering at a public meeting Sunday, Sept. 30 at 1 p.m. at the Hilton-Metrotown’s Crystal Ballroom, 6083 McKay, Burnaby, to sound...
Staggering costs of private hospitals in U.K., lack of community input will be highlighted Today the Hospital Employees’ Union will join with other community and labour groups to...
The start of province-wide strike votes on International Women’s Day, March 8, has prompted the Health Employers Association of B.C. (HEABC) to remove some concession demands,...
Unions’ chief bargainer, B.C. Federation of Labour president address Vancouver Hospital workers at 12:30 p.m.
Union fears health and well-being of residents will be affected by threatened closure One hundred and fifty caregivers and members of the community rallied at noon Sept. 27 in...
Liberals will eliminate local control, impose `super czars’ to make crucial decisions around cutbacks, privatization The Hospital Employees’ Union warned today that Victoria’s...
HEU secretary-business manager Chris Allnutt available for media comments on the B.C. budget after 2:30 p.m. The 46,000-member Hospital Employees’ Union will be watching tomorrow’s...
All three major unions at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital have joined forces in an ongoing arbitration to bring security staff under the collective agreement between the facility...
British Columbia Health Coalition release BURNABY — More than 700 seniors, community activists, union members and health care experts joined forces at an overflow public meeting...
Union questions role of multinational consulting firm advising Fraser Valley Health Region In a letter sent this morning, the Hospital Employees’ Union is asking Auditor General...
Oppenheimer Park, 1:45 p.m., Monday, March 12 Community health workers, members of the Hospital Employees' Union, are holding a brief rally and march on Vancouver’s Downtown...
HEU pleased with government’s broad-based approach
Liberal flip flop on private clinics a “black eye for new government’s credibility” The Hospital Employees’ Union says it’s deeply disappointed and troubled by Victoria’s move to...
Cuts `will put lifesaving drugs beyond the reach of many British Columbians’ The Campbell government’s blueprint for deep cuts in the provincial Pharmacare program—which was leaked...
HEU comments on today’s provincial budget B.C.’s largest health care union says the injection of $572 million in new operating cash will help get the province’s health care system...
Striking health care workers wonder how employer can afford it
There’s little public support for a B.C. Medical Association recommendation that individuals pay for future long-term care and home care expenses through RRSP-style savings...
Public services gutted to finance tax cuts for the wealthy The Hospital Employees’ Union says the Liberal government’s announcement this afternoon of a three-year funding freeze in...
Leaders from B.C.’s two largest health care unions says Paul Martin’s budget brought down this afternoon fails to address the biggest security concerns held by Canadians: restoring...
With one week left before contracts for 60,000 health care workers expire, unions say bargaining is at a critical stage With little more than a week left before collective...
Health services and support workers have voted 84.9 per cent to ratify a new collective agreement that ends wage discrimination against 15,000 community-based health care workers....
Where: in front of Bear Creek Lodge 13646-94A Avenue Surrey, B.C. When: June 19, noon - 1 p.m.
More health service reductions expected in wake of Liberals’ extended funding freeze The Hospital Employees’ Union warns that confirmation from St. Paul’s Hospital that more than...
Campbell government may act on some recommendations as early as Wednesday The report of the Campbell government’s select standing committee on health “is an alarming blueprint for...
Oppenheimer Park, 1:45 p.m., Monday, March 12 Community health workers, members of the Hospital Employees' Union, are holding a brief rally and march on Vancouver’s Downtown...
No measures planned for Wednesday, but unions say job action is set for Thursday
Strengthening health care delivery requires a positive labour relations environment
Food service contract yanked from U.S. corporation, will be brought in-house Jan. 1 In a cost-cutting move, St. Paul’s Hospital will end its food and housekeeping management...
Campbell government going in the wrong direction on health care, opposition to budget freeze is widespread The Campbell government’s prescription for health care which includes the...
Buoyed by strong vote results, unions say they’re determined to reach a negotiated settlement by March 31
Move raises new concerns about Opposition’s Medicare plan
Move the `most brazen attack yet on Medicare,’ will be model for all future hospital construction in B.C. The Hospital Employees’ Union today charged that without any public...
`Super czars’ will make critical decisions about future of Medicare behind closed doors The Campbell government’s move to radically reduce the number of health boards and councils...
WHERE: Grassy knoll in front of Children’s Hospital on Oak Street WHEN: March 14, 11 am - 1 pm SPEAKER: HEU secretary-business manager Chris Allnutt to speak at 11:30 am...
HEU comments on today’s provincial budget
Flexibility, creativity needed to make headway, unions say
Union pleased $15 million patient lift fund given go ahead The Hospital Employees’ Union says there are a number of positive elements in the $21.3 million nursing strategy measures...
Capital funding commitment key to ensure community has real options, choices says HEU Fraser Valley residents won’t be forced to accept a privately built and owned health care...
Workplace safety The Workers’ Compensation Board reported in May 2000 that the most dangerous workplaces in B.C. are in health care. In the five-year period ending 1998: 1.5...