News releases for 2004

More than 300 representatives from HEU locals around the province gathered in Richmond Sunday to debate the union’s bargaining package and strategize for a difficult round of contr... Read More
Printer Friendly Version Community health workers from all unions in the sector have ratified a new contract by a margin of 78 per cent. HEU’s 1500 members in community health fini... Read More
Bargaining between the Paramedical Professional Bargaining Association and the Health Employers Association of B.C. has been temporarily suspended. After several bargaining session... Read More
Printer Friendly Version Minister of Labour Graham Bruce has announced that the government plans to move quickly to end the health care strike, now in its fourth day. The minister’... Read More
B.C. Federation of Labour president Jim Sinclair’s message to Hospital Employees’ Union members from Vancouver’s May Day rally Saturday was clear and simple — “The rest of the labo... Read More
Printer Friendly Version Established record shows union, company successful in reaching agreement HEU members at Beacon Hill Villa in Victoria employed by Compass were back at the... Read More
Printer Friendly Version Health employers’ campaign to stall essential services discussions received some help Friday as the Labour Relations Board rejected a bid by HEU to set int... Read More
Printer Friendly Version Adjustments to the Health Employers’ Association of B.C.’s original concessions demands are now available on-line for HEU members to view in detail. Talks... Read More
Printer Friendly Version Bill 37 imposes deep cuts, no employment security Attempts to reach a negotiated settlement in the health care sector job action have been quashed by the p... Read More
Printer Friendly Version In the face of escalating labour protests over Bill 37, the B.C. Federation of Labour and HEU have forced concessions to the Campbell Liberals’ unjust law... Read More
Special meetings for HEU community health members set for Jan. 22 in Vancouver, Parksville Bargaining for 13,000 community health workers got underway in Vancouver Jan. 15 with the... Read More
Printer friendly version PE, new bargaining committee to review deal next week HEU's bargaining committee and Provincial Executive will hold meetings next week to review the terms... Read More
Printer Friendly Version Employer tables “substantial concessions” as opening proposals exchanged Bargaining between the Paramedical Professional Bargaining Association and the Hea... Read More
Printer Friendly Version President Sundin urges food workers to write their MLAs, call for fair bargaining HEU members negotiating for a new collective agreement received a big boo... Read More
Printer Friendly Version Complaint focuses on intimidating letters sent to local union stewards and executive members about possible job action HEU and its union partners have file... Read More
Printer Friendly Version Government’s `vicious attack’ on health care workers can’t be tolerated, union says More than 500 delegates at this week’s annual convention of CUPE-BC vot... Read More
Click here for Hansard debate and live webcast. Printer Friendly Version Precedent-setting health care legislation includes slashed wages, benefits and more Health Sector (Faciliti... Read More
Printer Friendly Version Delegates face bargaining challenges head-on, focus on justice for all Delegates to HEU’s 16th Wage Policy Conference wrapped up three days of bargaining s... Read More
Printer Friendly Version Health employers are making a lot of demands of HEU members — more than 100 pages of concessions tabled at the bargaining table February 19 — but they’re n... Read More
Health care workers across B.C. are now on strike. Job action began with an overtime ban that went into effect at noon Sunday as 72-hour strike notice expired at most facilities. P... Read More
Click here then click find out about bargaining news for the latest Community Social Services Bargaining information.Read More
Reducing injury rates in hospitals and long-term care facilities was the main focus of contract talks covering 43,000 health services and support workers as bargaining resumed in V... Read More
Printer Friendly Version HEU's provincial executive, provincial bargaining committee to review tentative settlement Nearly 15,000 community social services workers reached a tentat... Read More
Printer Friendly Version Talks continue Friday Buoyed by an 89 per cent strike mandate, health unions told employers that workers have made it clear that employment security is the... Read More
Printer Friendly Version The status of contracted-out health care work, in the event of a strike or lock-out, was the subject of a Labour Relations Board hearing this week that wil... Read More
Printer Friendly Version HEU members have proven to be articulate voices when it comes to speaking out on important bargaining issues. For the past several weeks, members throughou... Read More
Talks for a new collective agreement covering 13,000 paramedical professionals kicked off January 13 with the multi-union Paramedical Professional Bargaining Association and health... Read More
Printer Friendly Version HEU’s bargaining committee had a straight forward message for health employers at today’s province-wide contract talks — stop the clock on privatization, t... Read More
Printer Friendly Version Defying massive job losses, result sends a strong message to HEABC, says Allnutt Despite massive job losses and looming cuts on the horizon, HEU members sh... Read More
Printer Friendly Version Since HEU members voted in overwhelming numbers for an 89-per-cent strike mandate, the comment cards from members have continued to pile up at provincial o... Read More
Printer Friendly Version Full scale pickets up across the province As B.C. health care workers launch full-scale picket lines at hospitals and long-term care facilities across the... Read More
Printer Friendly Version HEU’s Provincial Executive and Provincial Bargaining Committee are recommending that the union’s 1,500 community health subsector members vote no to a tent... Read More
Printer Friendly Version Public health care at stake in bargaining talks, says President Worboys The executive committee of the British Columbia Teachers’ Federation has passed a m... Read More
Printer Friendly Version Non-designated nurses won’t cross picket lines, says president McPherson The BC Nurses’ Union says it fully supports the fight of health support workers le... Read More
Printer Friendly Version HEU seeks amendment to precedent-setting attack on health care workers HEU’s provincial executive met this morning one hour after royal assent was given to... Read More
Printer Friendly Version HEU and other unions in the Facilities Bargaining Association resume negotiations with health employers Thursday, but the Health Employers Association of B... Read More
Printer Friendly Version Backed by a strong strike mandate, the Hospital Employees’ Union and other facilities subsector unions returned to the bargaining table with the Health Emp... Read More
Printer Friendly Version VICTORIA — The BC New Democratic Party today called on Premier Campbell to immediately order a moratorium on further privatization in health care so that h... Read More
Printer Friendly Version Union leaders will meet with labour minister Graham Bruce Friday to push for a fair settlement for health care workers one day after government legislated... Read More
Community Health employers tabled an enormous shopping list of concession demands on January 22. Lowlights include: a 17% wage rollback no wage protection a claw-back of the 3% fac... Read More
Printer Friendly Version Click here to view the bargaining package in pdf format. HEU and its union partners in the facilities subsector tabled a comprehensive bargaining package T... Read More
Printer Friendly Version Unions’ priorities include fair bumping and job posting processes The Paramedical Professional Bargaining Association and the Health Employers Association... Read More
Printer Friendly Version Also: Health unions apply for interim order on essential services by April 21 The B.C. Labour Relations Board has appointed a mediator Thursday to meet wit... Read More
Printer Friendly Version Striking HEU members received strong support from community leaders on the first day of job action. Here’s a sampling: The Campbell government should step... Read More
Printer Friendly Version Bill 37 an assault on worker’s rights, pay equity, says OppositionRead More
The multi-union facilities subsector bargaining team will meet with the Health Employers Association of B.C. for a third day of talks to secure a new collective agreement on Thursd... Read More
Printer Friendly Version The Health Employers Association of B.C. has tabled a massive concessions package that includes wage rollbacks, significant attacks on sick leave benefits... Read More
Printer Friendly Version Health employers returned to the bargaining table March 4 but they didn’t bring much to talk about. They’re still refusing to stop-the-clock on layoffs or... Read More
Printer Friendly Version Solidarity all the more important in tough times, says President O’Neill The BC division of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) has joined the gr... Read More
Printer Friendly Version The Health Employers Association of B.C. has not moved off its demand for massive wage and benefit concessions and still refuses to put contracting out and... Read More
Printer Friendly Version HEU members were front and centre in the BC media during the first 24 hours of the province-wide strike this week, with several being quoted making strong... Read More
Printer Friendly Version Protest lines hold firm as union awaits LRB decision Support for the province’s health care workers has mushroomed in the wake of Bill 37, as patients, res... Read More
Printer Friendly Version HEU secretary-business manager Chris Allnutt's March 7 statement to the media announcing that the facilities subsector bargaining association will seek a s... Read More
With support of entire labour movement HEU can win its fight, says President Sinclair The BC Federation of Labour is asking all of its affiliates and labour councils to take an act... Read More
Printer Friendly Version Visible support crucial in the event of a strike, says George Heyman The BC Government and Service Employees’ Union (BCGEU) is calling on all its members t... Read More
Printer Friendly Version As health care workers head into the third day of job action in their efforts to win a fair contract that protects jobs and services, HEU secretary-busines... Read More
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Important discussions are going on with health employers in community health. Community members are asked to stay in touch as developments may move quickly. Last week, community he... Read More
Printer Friendly Version The Health Employers Association of B.C. has tabled a massive concessions package that includes wage rollbacks, significant attacks on sick leave benefits,... Read More
Printer Friendly Version Health employers and the BC Liberal government think that frontline health care workers are overpaid. Our members beg to differ. As HEU prepared for a stri... Read More
Talks have broken down and you can find why with reports straight from the bargaining table scheduled for Vancouver, Victoria, Kelowna and Prince George. April 6 Vancouver 7:00 p.m... Read More
Printer Friendly Version Handbills bring home impact of economic loss to community HEU members of the Comox local have adopted a creative new strategy to resist privatization: they... Read More
Printer Friendly Version Teachers, health care workers in the same privatization fight, says president Worboys The British Columbia Teachers’ Federation, in a strong show of solida... Read More
Printer Friendly Version HEU community social services members have ratified a new collective agreement, voting 66 per cent in favour in community living and 68 per cent in general... Read More
Printer Friendly Version Diversity of voices shows message is getting through, says Allnutt HEU members on their third day of a province-wide strike are receiving broad public supp... Read More
Employment security dominated the fourth day of facilities subsector talks when the multi-union bargaining committee and the Health Employers Association of B.C. returned to the ta... Read More
Printer Friendly Version Hospital Employees’ Union representatives are working hard this week to finalize essential services levels in hospitals and long-term care facilities acros... Read More
Printer Friendly Version With tens of thousands of health care workers holding the line in job actions at health care facilities throughout the province, B.C.’s labour minister Gra... Read More
Printer Friendly Version As thousands of CUPE members begin setting up pickets at public institutions across the province, HEU is telling its members to maintain and respect protes... Read More
Health unions kicked off day one of contract talks for 40,000 hospital and long-term care workers by telling health employers that in the post-Bill 29 labour relations climate, muc... Read More
Printer Friendly Version Talks continued last week between the Paramedical Professional Bargaining Association and the Health Employers Association of B.C. for a new collective agr... Read More
Printer Friendly Version A Labour Relations Board mediator appointed at the request of health employers has booked himself out of talks after it became clear that HEABC has no inte... Read More
Printer Friendly Version Press reports show anger at Bill 37, solidarity with HEU growing in regions With as many as 20,000 CUPE members joining the protest lines on Day Six of HEU... Read More
As facilities negotiations resumed January 29, HEU and the other unions focused on the diversity of the sector’s workforce as front-line workers from across the province joined the... Read More
Strike votes began this week across B.C. for more than 40,000 HEU members covered by the facilities subsector collective agreement. Members are encouraged to check their union bull... Read More
Printer Friendly Version Health unions told deputy labour minister Lee Doney Tuesday night that they’re prepared to bargain hard to hammer out a contract settlement for their 43,00... Read More
Printer Friendly Version As protests mount against the Campbell Liberals’ punitive and arbitrary Bill 37, union leaders have met with labour minister Graham Bruce to address the is... Read More
Unions say timing of pink slips "provocative," call for freeze on privatization during talks B.C.'s largest health employer has rejected a proposal by unionized food services worke... Read More
Printer Friendly Version With 275 dietary workers’ jobs at stake, health care workers from St. Paul’s Hospital will hold a vigil at 3:30 today outside the office of Archbishop Raym... Read More
Printer Friendly Version Health unions representing 43,000 hospital and long-term care workers today issued 72-hour strike notice — which will become effective mid-day Sunday, Apri... Read More
Printer Friendly Version B.C. unions respond to Campbell Liberals’ multi-million dollar, feel-good ad campaign with a message of their own You can view it in the following formats:... Read More
Union says action shows “lack of respect” for collective bargaining The Vancouver Coastal Health Authority has announced plans to privatize its massive warehouse and distribution o... Read More
Today’s throne speech is a frank admission by the B.C. Liberal government that nearly three years into their mandate they have failed to deliver on health care, says the Hospital E... Read More
Printer Friendly Version The chief executive officer hired by the B.C. Liberal government to run the Fraser Health Authority is eligible for severance payments of up to $650,000, a... Read More
Printer Friendly Version Health unions representing 43,000 workers in hospitals and long-term care facilities across B.C. will hold a news conference to announce their next move in... Read More
Printer Friendly Version Keefer Laundry sold to American corporation just days after lucrative health authority contract awarded Profits from the $50-million laundry deal that the... Read More
Capital costs for a new Abbotsford hospital have skyrocketed by nearly 70 per cent since the B.C. Liberal government first announced their plans to privatize the financing and mana... Read More
Printer Friendly Version The Hospital Employees’ Union will opt for straight wage reductions rather than gamble on an arbitration process that would determine which benefits to sac... Read More
Printer Friendly Version The Fraser Health Authority has triggered the layoffs of 50 workers at the publicly-owned and operated Tilbury Regional Hospital Laundry, a facility recogn... Read More
Amidst growing concerns over deteriorating standards of hospital cleanliness, the BC Nurses’ Union and Hospital Employees’ Union are urging the BC Auditor General to carry out a th... Read More
Reducing injury rates in hospitals and long-term care facilities will be the main focus when health care contract talks covering 43,000 workers resume in Vancouver today. Health ca... Read More
Printer Friendly Version Care aides from Kiwanis Care Centre will be at the New Westminster council meeting tonight to talk about the dangerous trend of contracting out services to... Read More
Printer Friendly Version Health unions are demanding that health employers back up claims that they can’t put privatization and layoffs on hold while collective bargaining takes pl... Read More
Click here for Hansard debate and live webcast. Printer Friendly Version Legislation introduced today by the Gordon Campbell government that would impose massive wage rollbacks on... Read More
Printer Friendly Version The Provincial Executive of the Hospital Employees’ Union has decided not to reappoint secretary-business manager Chris Allnutt when his term expires at th... Read More
Printer Friendly Version More than 1,300 health care workers who recently lost their jobs because of government privatization schemes will soon receive some financial compensation,... Read More
Respect at the bargaining table not legislation — will resolve dispute Printer Friendly Version Health care workers are on strike at health care facilities across the province to b... Read More
Printer Friendly Version Chris Allnutt, secretary-business manager of the Hospital Employees’ Union, will be at St. Paul’s Hospital at 10:30 a.m. to comment on deputy minister Lee... Read More
Printer Friendly Version The Campbell Liberals are undermining their own nursing strategy by creating a double standard marked by shoddy and arbitrary treatment of licensed practic... Read More
Printer Friendly Version The BC Health Coalition joined other medicare advocacy groups from across Canada today to send a clear message to the nation’s first ministers: We need to... Read More
Printer Friendly Version HEU calls on new health services minister to support independent audit of hospital cleaning B.C.’s largest health care union is hoping the province’s new h... Read More
Printer Friendly Version Campbell Liberals will cut nearly $100 million from regional health care in 04/05 There’s been a heavy price paid by B.C. patients and health care workers... Read More
Printer Friendly Version A negotiated settlement for 43,000 hospital and long-term care workers across the province is achievable and legislation should be avoided at all costs, sa... Read More
Printer Friendly Version Internal memo tells health employers they can opt for cash grab over more services for patients and seniors B.C.’s health employers are preparing to withho... Read More
The Hospital Employees’ Union is guardedly optimistic about a promise by MLA Gordon Hogg that his government will take action to fix food quality at Peace Arch Hospital, its extend... Read More
Printer Friendly Version Health Care unions say an audit released yesterday by the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority is of questionable value. And the unions are again calling for... Read More
Union questions business case for privatization, asks Catholic hospital group to reconsider decision to contract out Providence Health Care has rejected a cost-saving proposal from... Read More
Printer Friendly Version While B.C.’s health employers are at the bargaining table seeking massive contract concessions from health care workers, a new poll shows that nearly seven... Read More
Printer Friendly Version Health unions representing 43,000 hospital and long-term care staff are heading back to the bargaining table with a convincing 89 per cent strike mandate i... Read More
Another U.S. bid — this time for B.C. hospital records — renews fears of Patriot Act Printer Friendly Version HEU asks for review of Vancouver Coastal plan to send records southRead More
NOTICE TO EDITORS More than 500 front-line health and social services workers from across B.C. gather in Richmond this week for the 24th biennial convention of the 41,000-member Ho... Read More
Year-end survey provides bleak snapshot of conditions on health care’s front lines Nine out of ten workers agree that the way things are going in B.C.’s health care system, mistake... Read More
Printer Friendly Version Private hospital project may cost more than current estimates and 30-year agreement is unreasonably long, may result in extra costs to taxpayers — Lewis Au... Read More
Printer Friendly Version Health unions are pushing for an early meeting with a mediator, appointed today by the Labour Relations Board, to see if he can help convince health employ... Read More
Printer Friendly Version Employees of the French global giant Sodexho who provide housekeeping services at Abbotsford’s MSA General Hospital have voted to join the Hospital Employe... Read More
Printer Friendly Version 24th biennial convention continues through Friday in Richmond Delegates to the Hospital Employees’ Union’s 24th biennial convention re-elected two top offi... Read More
Printer Friendly Version Unions representing more than 40,000 hospital and long-term care workers are asking B.C.’s health employers to take their current list of concession demand... Read More
Printer Friendly Version Choice is unanimous for housekeepers at Eagle Ridge, Mission Memorial The Hospital Employees’ Union has scored two more organizing victories as employees o... Read More
Fast Facts about the Hospital Employees’ Union: founded in 1944 by 500 members at one hospital in 2004, HEU represents 43,000 front-line workers in health care and community social... Read More
Printer Friendly Version And 2 out of 3 believe high demand health occupations should be exempt from legislated wage cuts to avoid recruitment and retention crisis Nearly two month... Read More
Printer Friendly Version Two out of three British Columbians believe the billion dollar budget surplus forecast by the Campbell Liberal government should be used to restore service... Read More
About two dozen St. Paul’s Hospital employees are staging a sit-in at this hour outside the office of Providence Health Care CEO Carl Roy to protest plans to lay off 275 food servi... Read More
Printer Friendly Version Government appointees to B.C.’s six health authority boards pocketed $1,002,572 in directors’ fees last year, says the Hospital Employees’ Union. Financial... Read More
Printer Friendly Version The Hospital Employees’ Union says a report by Auditor General Wayne Strelioff into workplace health in B.C.’s health care system is a stinging indictment... Read More
Printer Friendly Version A pay equity ruling handed down today by the Supreme Court of Canada makes it clear that targeting the rights of women hospital workers is a breach of equa... Read More
Printer Friendly Version Health care workers are holding protest lines around B.C. health care facilities in response to Bill 37 — legislation that imposed deep wage cuts while con... Read More
Printer Friendly Version And internal emails reveal senior health authority executives active in efforts to prevent HEU from organizing workers in privatized services The Hospital... Read More
Printer Friendly Version Another promise broken by B.C. Liberals A move by St. Paul's Hospital to privatize 1,000 day surgery procedures will lead to longer waits in public hospita... Read More
Food service workers win meeting with Providence Health Care CEO Carl Roy A group of St. Paul’s Hospital employees have ended a sit-in at the executive offices of Providence Health... Read More
Printer Friendly Version Move will affect patient care and impact the economic base of island communities, says union The Vancouver Island Health Authority’s move to fire more than... Read More
Click here for press conference webcast. Printer Friendly Version Unions will resume talks at moment’s notice if health employers table reasonable proposals and stop layoffsRead More
Collective bargaining for 43,000 hospital and long-term care workers across B.C. has stalled over health employers’ refusal to put a hold on layoffs and contracting out during nego... Read More
Printer Friendly Version Chris Allnutt, secretary-business manager of the Hospital Employees’ Union, will speak to media at 12:30 p.m. today at Vancouver General Hospital, 12th Ave... Read More
Printer Friendly Version The Hospital Employees’ Union has donated $150,000 to six hospital foundations in lieu of paying that amount in a fine imposed after the B.C. Supreme Court... Read More
Printer Friendly Version Investigation should include public disclosure of privatized cleaning standards A government-ordered investigation into emergency and maternity care at Sur... Read More
Printer Friendly Version Respected forensic accountant Ron Parks will release the findings of his review of the Request for Proposals for an Abbotsford Hospital and Cancer Centre p... Read More
Printer Friendly Version A lucrative contract for patient food services in Lower Mainland and Sunshine Coast hospitals tying taxpayers to a $300 million payout over ten years has b... Read More
Printer Friendly Version By a margin of 69 per cent, British Columbians believe that contract rollbacks for health care workers will further erode the quality of care and result in... Read More
Printer Friendly Version Plan puts province on collision course with Martin government, says HEU The provincial government moved one step closer to committing a generation of taxpa... Read More
Printer Friendly Version The Campbell Liberal government’s appointees to B.C.’s six health authority boards pocketed more than $2.2 million in fees and expenses during the last two... Read More
How to become a Licensed Practical Nurse in B.C. In the midst of B.C.’s ongoing nursing shortage, the Hospital Employees’ Union has produced a new publication for health care worke... Read More
Printer Friendly Version Abbotsford P3 hospital only one of many private health facilities being planned across the country, says BC Health CoalitionRead More
The first Hospital Employees' Union ad airing on province-wide TV in 2002 raises questions about the impact of health care privatization on patient care and the records of private... Read More
Printer Friendly Version Health unions representing 43,000 hospital and long-term care workers will meet with deputy labour minister Lee Doney to explore the possibility of returni... Read More
Printer Friendly Version HEU urges BC Nurses’ Union to stop collaborating with government on divisive plan to move 5,000 LPNs into their bargaining association Licensed practical n... Read More
Printer Friendly Version Employees of a French corporation that’s under contract to provide patient food services in the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority have voted 90 per cent i... Read More
A construction accident that caused major water damage to the hospital’s emergency room and to patient records could have been avoided if hospital managers had used their own emplo... Read More
Printer Friendly Version Total project cost up 94 per cent to $1.4 billion, unclear risk transfer, and no competition mean a public hospital the best deal, says HEU Respected audit... Read More
Printer Friendly Version A 2002 television ad by the Hospital Employees’ Union citing the grim effects of privatization in health care has won a prestigious award sponsored by the... Read More
Printer Friendly Version Health employers won’t budge from demands for massive contract concessions, won’t put layoffs on hold during talks Health unions are questioning why B.C.’s... Read More
Printer Friendly Version Unions representing nearly 100,000 health care workers say their constitutional challenge to the Campbell Liberal government’s contract-breaking legislatio... Read More
An investigation into staff concerns about deteriorating cleaning standards at St Paul’s Hospital has triggered a call by health care unions for an independent audit of the facilit... Read More