News releases for 2003

Health employers expected to table significant concession demands Talks for a new contract for more than 40,000 health and support workers in hospitals and long-term care...
The task of creating a single bargaining association for the community social service sector’s 13 unions — as mandated by provincial legislation last spring — is now complete and...
Globe and Mail ad argues that a contract-breaking B.C. premier can’t be trusted with untied health dollars Should strings be attached to increased federal health dollars to...
Premier Gordon Campbell’s televised statement Wednesday night sends confusing and conflicting signals to British Columbians, says the Hospital Employees’ Union (CUPE). “Tuesday’s...
Airing in February, 2003, "Why Care?" asks viewers whether the loss of thousands of skilled, experienced workers will make the care you and your family receive better or worse....
Burnaby care home delivers walking papers to 35 care aides, health employers “workshop” expanded contracting out of direct patient care A Burnaby long-term care facility is the...
The official responsible for Taiwan’s efforts to control the spread of SARS has issued a stark warning about the dangers of contracting out hospital staff that B.C.’s health...
Health care workers at Sunset Lodge are deeply disappointed that an offer to help the facility deal with its budget pressures has been dismissed, says the Hospital Employees’ Union...
Health coalition says minister of intermediate, long-term and home care should resign Citing information contained in a secret government report and new figures that show that the...
Hospital to close while health authority spends more than a million dollars in cost-cutting advice Providence Healthcare today issued lay off notices to more than 450 health care...
BACKGROUNDER This document provides background and outlines the course of recent moves by IWA Local 3567 that amount to an outright assault on health care workers and their unions....
Huge forecast deficit fails to materialize, but red ink threat did provide backdrop for government’s cuts and privatization A detailed analysis of the most recent audited financial...
Airing in February, 2003, "What's wrong?" tells the story of the privatization of hospital laundry in the Fraser Valley. Barely two months in to a ten-year contract, the U.S.-owned...
Labour is making headlines across Canada and around the world. And you can read it all right here thanks to the Labour News Wire service of LabourStart. These headlines will take...
HEU calls on health authority to implement `code of conduct’ to prevent further abuses of workers’ rights by long-term care operators The Hospital Employees’ Union (CUPE) is urging...
Community activists angry that Sally Ann has rejected two separate proposals to deal with budget pressures The Salvation Army’s Sunset Lodge long-term care facility in Victoria is...
Health care workers are demanding that the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority come clean with the public on the impact of $175 million in cuts it plans to make to health services...
Health labour legislation introduced today by the Campbell Liberals is an attempt to guarantee massive long-term profits for multinational corporations at the expense of basic...
Health care workers will mark the first anniversary of legislation that ripped up their collective agreements with a rally at the Plaza of Nations Tuesday morning in downtown...
Why should we care about who cleans our hospitals? That’s the question being asked in a new TV ad campaign sponsored by the Hospital Employees’ Union (CUPE) that begins today. The...
Premier Gordon Campbell and his B.C. Liberal government plan to privizatize hundreds of millions of dollars of health services like housekeeping, laundry and food services. Web...
Health authorities urged to make revised budgets public by end of May Yesterday’s announcement of the revised 2003/04 provincial health care budget that includes an additional $328...
The Vancouver Coastal Health Authority board should launch both public hearings on its plans to privatize surgeries and an audit of a controversial North Shore cataract clinic when...
It’s the largest layoff yet in Liberals’ contracting out scheme Today’s announcement by the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority that 950 hospital housekeepers will lose their jobs,...
Comox health care workers have voted 65 per cent in favor of an agreement with their employer that provides protection against privatization for more than 400 Hospital Employees’...
HEU has made important headway in its efforts to represent employees of multinational companies providing privatized health care services after workers at a Victoria long-term care...
HEU members protest across B.C. to mark anniversary of contract-breaking law As thousands of health care workers marked the anniversary of Bill 29 with a march and rally in...
B.C.’s public health care system will remain on the critical list until the B.C. Liberal government announces its plans for an estimated $325 million in new federal health dollars,...
The Interior Health Authority is disciplining employees who voice their concerns in public about the closure and privatization of seniors care facilities, and has threatened...
Front-line caregivers, seniors’ and community activists, and union leaders will rally for quality seniors’ care at Willingdon Park Hospital in Burnaby at 11:00 a.m. on May 14 in...
Vancouver nursing home operator had pressured workers to decertify or join `Christian’ union to keep their jobs Just days after the Labour Relations Board ruled that the operator...
Negative impact of job losses reaches beyond health care into the heart of B.C. communities B.C.’s health care system will be reeling from the loss of more than 9,000 skilled and...
The Hospital Employees’ Union (CUPE) says it will work with Northern Health Authority officials to prevent the privatization of critical health services, but cautions that it will...
B.C. Federation of Labour to file objection with the Competition Bureau The final act of betrayal on BC Rail has been played out, says B.C. Federation of Labour president Jim...
60 per cent say Bill 29 should be repealed while 55 per cent oppose privatization of support services poll In the year that passed since the Gordon Campbell Liberals passed...
Shifting the burden not the way to get rising drug costs under control, says HEU The Hospital Employees’ Union (CUPE) says the average senior or family in B.C. will pay...
Letters to editor bring termination threat Three long-time Williams Lake health care workers have received either written or verbal reprimands for exercising their rights as...
Care aides, LPNs and activity aides latest victims of provincial government’s Bill 29, says HEU For the second time in less than a month, a Lower Mainland seniors’ facility is...
Supporters to leaflet Salvation Army’s Pacific Northwest Congress in Vancouver Saturday Front-line health care workers are appealing to Salvation Army Congress delegates meeting in...
One of Canada’s most efficient public hospital laundries is the next target in the Campbell government’s insatiable privatization agenda. Amid the controversy over yesterday’s...
Health care workers will vote on an agreement, struck late Wednesday between their unions and the Northern Health Authority, that exchanges contract concessions for protections...
The Campbell government has broken another contract, unions in the community social services sector charged today. “This government appears determined to take money out of the...
Victoria, employers urged to reconsider in best interests of patients The Hospital Employees’ Union (CUPE) says it’s deeply disappointed that government and health employers have...
Approximately 300 members of the Hospital Employees’ Union (CUPE) will receive displacement notices before the end of the month, as the Vancouver Island Health Authority proceeds...
Leafletting session, Thursday, March 27, 3:00 p.m.; Royal Jubilee Hospital As the Vancouver Island Health Authority (VIHA) moves forward with its aggressive privatization agenda,...
Health care workers have voted 57 per cent against ratifying an agreement reached one month ago with health employers and the provincial government that would have traded...
More than 130 unionized staff to be fired but 70 per cent of their managers stay on payroll The Fraser Health Authority must make public the details of a five-year, $16.6 million...
Laid-off staff from the Sally Ann’s Sunset Lodge want talks to preserve resident care and save jobs Health care workers from the Salvation Army’s Sunset Lodge, a long-term care...
More than 800 skilled, experienced staff to lose jobs Today’s announcement by the Fraser Health Authority that it will contract out critical cleaning services to the French...
Community Social Services Union Bargaining Association Unnecessary confrontation and chaos for vulnerable children and adults will be the inevitable result if employers succeed in...
Private contractor caught laundering soiled and bloodied birthing sheets in household washing machines A private contractor hired to clean Fraser Valley hospital laundry is putting...
A flashy and expensive six-month government advertising campaign has failed to breath life into the B.C. Liberals’ efforts to get out the “facts” on health care, according to...
More than 2,000 health care workers rallied in Vancouver Saturday afternoon to demand that the provincial government work with their union to avert massive lay-offs expected over...
Solutions urgently needed to avert loss of 5,000 skilled, experienced workers — more than 90 per cent of them women Health unions today put a proposal to health employers that...
Justification for secrecy a “stunning disregard” for the law, says Justice B.C.’s secretive health authorities will now have to meet in public and only move behind closed doors in...
Fired workers to leaflet family meeting at Sunset Lodge, Tuesday at 6:15 p.m. The Salvation Army has rejected an overture from fired workers at a Victoria long-term care facility...
The Hospital Employees’ Union (CUPE) says today’s announcement by the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority and Providence Health Care, awarding a multi-million dollar contract to a...
The Hospital Employees’ Union has rejected a move by the Interior Health Authority to seek massive contract concessions from its workers, despite a $50 million surplus and being on...
VIHA urged to protect quality services and jobs In a bid to protect quality services, save jobs and ward off further privatization in B.C.’s public health care system, unionized...
The three largest health care contractors in the world and a local company that last year lost a cleaning contract at B.C. Children’s and Women’s Hospital are among seven companies...
Further loss to seniors’ care options a result of Liberals’ health policy shift away from public health care The Hospital Employees’ Union (CUPE) says that the Liberals’ plan for...
A news release from the B.C. CEDAW GROUP A coalition of 12 prominent B.C. women's organizations are calling on Victoria to reverse recent policy changes and cuts to social...
A new collective agreement covering workers at a private, for-profit seniors’ care facility in Richmond provides among the most competitive wages in the field and will help attract...
In the wake of a B.C. Supreme Court decision ordering health authorities to open their meetings to the public, the Hospital Employees’ Union (CUPE) is encouraging the Northern...
In a bid to promote the cost efficiency of public-private partnerships, the Campbell government agency responsible for such arrangements has implicated the Premier’s deputy...
47 per cent give government “poor” health rating; 58 per cent oppose P3 hospitals; 60 per cent doubt health service quality can be maintained by private contractors The B.C....
The Campbell Liberals are taking a big gamble with their plans for a private hospital in the Fraser Valley, and if the track records of the corporations bidding on the project are...
Talks to avert privatization continue in the new year Front-line health care workers are disappointed that the Vancouver Island Health Authority has rejected a $21 million...
A consumer education campaign urging London Drugs' executives to challenge the B.C. Liberal government's Pharmacare changes goes province-wide this weekend. Volunteers with the B.C...
With 12,000 potential votes from HEU households, health workers can play an important role in games’ vote The Hospital Employees’ Union says it’s looking at ways to promote the...
On Thursday at 10 a.m., the Hospital Employees’ Union (CUPE) will release a study by Simon Fraser University economist Marjorie Griffin Cohen on the effects of health privatization...
IHA confirms closure of two Summerland facilities In a letter to a Penticton newspaper on April 1, Okanagan-Westside MLA Rick Thorpe accused Hospital Employees’ Union (CUPE)...
Hundreds of pink slips issued to health workers in Vancouver Hundreds of front-line health care workers were told today that they’d be replaced by a British corporation at flagship...
By forestalling inevitable release of contract details, Fraser Health Authority not acting in public interest — HEU B.C.’s health services minister Colin Hansen must force the...
Despite several overtures by the Hospital Employees’ Union to help Simon Fraser Lodge deal with its stated budget problems, the Prince George long-term care facility has opted to...
HEU questions whether health authorities exercised due diligence in privatizing services, calls for government investigation Foreign companies contracted to clean operating rooms,...
Year-end survey paints grim picture of health care’s front lines Health care workers are demoralized, worried about patient safety and they’re forgoing major consumer purchases...
Union hopeful that Campbell’s comments on radio talk show lead to urgently needed talks The Premier’s commitment on CKNW radio this morning that new federal health funding will be...
As B.C.’s health authorities finalize their plans to lay off thousands of health care workers, Hospital Employees’ Union members will gather outside many hospitals and long-term...
Rosy picture cast doubt about scale of health care cost pressures, says HEU For the second year in a row, B.C. health authorities are racking up multi-million dollar budget...
HEU calls the move “provocative and destabilizing,” urges province to put the brakes on contracting out, rebuild trust with front-line health workers The B.C. Liberals are being...
71 per cent think contracting out care staff will have negative impact on seniors, 58 per cent oppose privatizing support services, and 65 per cent side with health workers in...
A tentative deal between the Northern Health Authority and health unions that would have traded wage and other concessions for a six-month freeze on contracting out has been...
Gorge Road Hospital’s health care workers are holding a rally tomorrow afternoon to protest the hospital’s closure, which organizers say will unnecessarily turn the lives of 800...
The Hospital Employees’ Union (CUPE) is hopeful that the government’s throne speech call for new cooperative relationships in health care will lead to talks aimed at preventing the...
Front-line health care workers at Children’s and Women’s Hospital will raise the alarm about the planned lay off of thousands of women on health care’s front lines at a rally to be...
Despite plans to fire hundreds of front-line health care workers, the Provincial Health Services Authority is set to add more than two dozen positions to the ranks of senior...
Common sense move benefits patients and taxpayers, says HEU Today’s announcement by the Interior Health Authority that it will not privatize laundry services is sound public policy...
The B.C. Health Coalition is calling for an immediate investigation of private surgical clinic billing practices after learning the B.C. government was penalized by the federal...
Disrespectful of workers and an unnecessary waste of money, says union The Provincial Health Services Authority will force nearly 200 hospital staff out of work a full month before...
Poll also shows provincial government’s health care performance ratings near lowest levels in a decade Seven out of every ten British Columbians reject claims by the province’s...
Results also show that 3 of 4 British Columbians and more than half of B.C. Liberal supporters critical of government record on social policy Are families better off and their...
Health authority’s effort to block visit fails In spite of initial management attempts to block them, Peace River South MLA Blair Lekstrom and Dawson Creek city councilor Marilyn...
The B.C. government’s plans to privatize health care support services will turn back the clock on women’s wages to levels unseen since the late 1960s and put patient care at risk,...
Court will be asked to strike down Campbell Liberals’ contract-breaking law A potentially landmark constitutional challenge gets underway in Vancouver Monday, April 14, when health...
B.C. Children’s and Women’s Health Centre is alone among children’s hospitals in Canada in its controversial move to privatize critical cleaning and patient dietary services,...
The B.C. government and its six health authorities can’t sidestep their legal responsibility to keep patients safe, and would still be held liable if patients are in any way harmed...
The Northern Health Authority won’t rule out the privatization of a wide range of critical health services in communities throughout northern British Columbia. The NHA, which is...
HEU files information request to obtain details of Fraser Health Authority’s expense claims The health services minister must establish guidelines for health executive expense...
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE JANUARY 20, 2003 Public underwhelmed by Campbell Liberals’ economic performance — poll Results also show that 3 of 4 British Columbians and more than half of...
Dietary, housekeeping staff on the street by mid-April Thirty-eight health workers at the Normanna Rest Home in Burnaby have received their layoff notices as the seniors’...
Employees of the Downtown Eastside Youth Activities Society (DEYAS), which delivers a unique range of primary outreach services to youth in Vancouver’s inner city, have voted to...
Amid reports this week that surgery waitlists have grown by more than 20 per cent since the provincial election, the B.C. Health Coalition today released a document that suggests...
HEU asks privacy commissioner to force health authority to make public details of private laundry contract Forty-seven laundry workers at Lions Gate Hospital in North Vancouver are...
Front line staff at the Dusk to Dawn Resource Centre, a night drop-in for street youth operated by Family Services of Greater Vancouver, have become the youngest group of workers...
Health care unions representing nearly 100,000 front-line workers say they intend to appeal a B.C. Supreme Court judgment handed down today that dismisses their constitutional...
Joint HEU/BCTF News Release Nearly two out of three British Columbians (65 per cent) think government spending on health and education advertisements is not appropriate, according...
Private company’s recent lacklustre performance in Chilliwack no deterrent The Hospital Employees’ Union (CUPE) has learned that the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority has awarded...
Health care workers from Vancouver Hospital will march to Vancouver Coastal Health Authority CEO Ida Goodreau’s office this afternoon to deliver the message that contracting out...
Costs for access will limit public scrutiny, warns HEU The Fraser Health Authority and the Ministry of Finance want more than $4,000 for key documents about two controversial...
The Hospital Employees’ Union (CUPE) is welcoming a new agreement that will give Saint Mary’s Hospital a significant lifeline, while cautioning that the new business plan could...
Move will backfire on patients and hurt local economy, says HEU The Vancouver Coastal Health Authority told health unions this afternoon that it will award lucrative contracts for...
First they turned to the courts to compel the Fraser Health Authority to open its board meetings to area residents. Now the Hospital Employees’ Union (CUPE) is appealing to B.C.’s...
The Interior Health Authority won’t rule out the privatization of a wide range of critical health services in the communities it serves. The IHA said in a Sept. 9 memo to its...
The Northern Health Authority’s plan — announced earlier today — to commit taxpayers to decade-long agreements with private corporations is an unnecessary gamble, says the Hospital...
Tough sanctions being sought against rogue IWA local that signed the deal The Hospital Employees’ Union (CUPE) is stepping up its efforts at the Labour Relations Board to challenge...
The Vancouver Island Health Authority took the first step towards privatizing food services in the Capital region even though the expected savings would amount to less than one...
A weekend poll released today by the Hospital Employees’ Union (CUPE) show rising public opposition to the privatization of hospital services and overwhelming support for direct...
Unions representing 46,000 front-line health care workers say they’ve achieved a tentative framework agreement with government that mitigates the impact of contracting out on union...
A move by the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority to privatize thousands of surgical procedures has staggering implications for public health care, says a medicare advocacy...
HEU renews calls to health authority to publicly release the private contract The Hospital Employees’ Union (CUPE) is renewing calls for the release of a lucrative laundry contract...
Vancouver Police Board, September 17, 3:30 pm Vancouver Council City Services & Budget Committee, September 18, 9:30 am Mounting anxieties about the impending privatization of...
Monday's announcement by health services minister Colin Hansen that he’ll stop funding New Westminster’s St. Mary’s Hospital means B.C. patients will wait even longer for surgery....
But 81 per cent of public don’t think there’s been adequate consultation on project’s impact on Medicare poll The B.C. Liberal government is set to announce later today that it...
Eighty-two per cent of British Columbians support talks between government, health employers and health unions to find alternatives to the privatization and contracting out of...
HEU TV ads send a message about the impact of health care privatization on patients Privatization, it's the wrong answer for patients is the message in series of TV ads sponsored...
Media conference set for 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Plaza 500 Hotel Unions representing 46,000 health care workers will make a major announcement at a media conference later this morning...
Willingdon Park care aides — the first health care workers delivering direct patient care to be contracted out in B.C. — are rallying against the privatization of seniors’ care at...
Laid off hospital workers hold solidarity BBQ as mass firings near With hundreds of health care workers about to hit Vancouver’s unemployment lines, the Hospital Employees’ Union...
BC Health Coalition invites public to “report” on health cuts, calls for public hearings after health authority says $175 million in reductions are largely “administrative” Report...
BCHC NEWS RELEASE A provincial Medicare advocacy group is calling on the auditor general to investigate a $1.37 million consulting tab racked up by the Vancouver Coastal Health...