News releases for 2007

The B.C. government and its health authorities announce new bureaucracy whose sweeping mandate includes centralizing a number of health services and may prompt a new wave of privat... Read More
HEU says it’s time for government to act on proven public solutions that will improve health care and protect British Columbians from growing pressures to pay out-of-pocket for the... Read More
BCHC news release: The B.C. government is once again poised to conclude another session of the legislature without taking action to resolve seniors’ health care concernsRead More
B.C.’s largest health care union says that patients and seniors would benefit from comprehensive whistleblower legislation that protects health care workers from employer reprisals... Read More
About 250 health care workers at two privately-operated care facilities in the Kootenays have voted to join HEURead More
Documents related to $650 million in health privatization deals kept under wraps; government says reports or evaluations of cost effectiveness don’t existRead More
New numbers released today by the BC Health Coalition show that there are fewer residential care beds in the Interior Health Authority (IHA) than when the BC Liberals were elected... Read More
HEU sounds alarm about plans by multi-national corporation to hire temporary foreign workers to clean operating rooms and feed patientsRead More
The provincial government has an historic opportunity to address the growing crisis in seniors’ and patient care by reviewing its position on contracting outRead More
Government documents obtained by the BC Health Coalition expose plans to expand the contracting out of surgeries to for-profit clinics regardless of the outcome of the Conversation... Read More
Hospital cleaning will continue to be delivered by Interior Health employees at Vernon Jubilee and Kelowna GeneralRead More
Bargaining committee representing HEU members employed by Downtown Eastside Youth Activities Society calls special member meetingRead More
Health care unions met today with representatives of the provincial government to deal with the repercussions of last June’s landmark Supreme Court decisionRead More
Talks for a first collective agreement have started for 64 recently-certified HEU members employed by Just CareRead More
Talks for a first collective agreement are scheduled between HEU members and the H’ulh-etun Health SocietyRead More
Security guards at Prince George Regional Hospital celebrate first collective agreementRead More
Good progress has been on non-monetary items after two days of bargaining between HEU members at Summerland Seniors Village and Well-Being Seniors Services Inc. During the July tal... Read More
HEU looks forward to constructive discussions with B.C. government on implications of the Supreme Court’s Bill 29 decisionRead More
New website whitewashes low wages, lack of job security created by Bill 29 and chronic contract flipping in long-term careRead More
HEU joins BC Health Coalition rally in Downtown Vancouver to mark last public meeting of the Conversation on HealthRead More
The provincial government issues a list of qualified bidders for hospital projects in the Okanagan that could include firing hundreds of workersRead More
In the wake of the Supreme Court of Canada ruling on Bill 29, most British Columbians don’t believe that the controversial law improved patient care, according to new pollRead More
Abbotsford nursing home operator flips subcontract for care services bringing the number of care staff laid off in six weeks to nearly 700Read More
The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that sections of Bill 29 violate the Canadian Charter of Rights and FreedomsRead More
HEU calls on health minister to investigate flood of termination notices issued to long-term care workersRead More
A poll released today shows little support for the proposed privatization of maintenance and housekeeping services in the OkanaganRead More
450 care aides handed termination notices in largest mass firing in health care since the Campbell government’s first term in officeRead More
The bargaining team for HEU members working at DEYAS has adjourned their talks with the employer until June 19Read More
HEU bargaining committee representing workers at Summerland Seniors Village will begin negotiations for a first collective agreement next weekRead More
BCHC launches its Friends of Medicare campaign; British doctor on hand to warn of the dangers of UK-style privatization.Read More
The operators of a seniors’ care facility in Nanaimo have cancelled their sub-contract for care services resulting in pink slips for more than 150 care aides, licensed practical nu... Read More
News Release from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and the BC Health Coalition.Read More
Bid documents released Monday open door to wholesale privatization of support services and loss of more than 300 jobs in Kelowna and VernonRead More
A decision by B.C. Liberal MLAs to support a 29 per cent wage increase for themselves is unacceptable when they refuse to raise the minimum wage and continue to support low-wage po... Read More
Bargaining for more than 115 HEU and 6 BC Nurses' Union members providing support and care to residents at the Kensington, Parkwood Place and Parkwood Court in Victoria have stalle... Read More
After months of hard bargaining, a 99-per cent strike mandate and the assistance of a mediator, 150 HEU CareSource members at Nanaimo Seniors Village have a first collective agreem... Read More
Labour Relations Board-appointed mediator/arbitrator Stan Lanyon has awarded the terms of a first collective agreement between HEU and Compass Group...Read More
After nearly a year of bargaining, more than 700 HEU members on Vancouver Island have a first collective agreement with their British employer, Compass Group.Read More
Lack of coordination in dealing with superbugs compounded by the contracting out of hospital cleaning services, says unionRead More
More than 700 HEU members working for Compass Group on Vancouver Island are awaiting the final outcome of a Labour Relations Board mediation/arbitration process that will establish... Read More
The B.C. Liberal government’s refusal to make long-term investments to support health care in the province’s growing communities undermines innovation and spells more uncertainty i... Read More
Contract talks covering dietary and housekeeping workers employed by WestCana at Arranglen Gardens in Qualicum will resume on March 5 and 6 with the assistance of Labour Relations... Read More
HEU on Throne Speech: “Fundamental” changes to health care loom but Victoria withholds details from health conversation participantsRead More
The BC Health Coalition is calling on the provincial government to suspend plans to privatize health services during the course of its year-long Conversation on Health.Read More
Clock at puts health spending in different context than Board of Trade, government clocksRead More
BC Health Coalition obtains documents through FOI request that detail tensions over P3Read More
HEU CareSource members working at Nanaimo Seniors Village have overwhelmingly rejected a tentative settlement, outlined in a recent interim report by mediator Stephen Rinfret, by a... Read More
Printer-Friendly Version A Labour Relations Board-appointed arbitrator will hold hearings on March 13, 14 and 16 before ruling on a first collective agreement for about 700 Compass... Read More
It’s time to stop playing budget politics with British Columbians’ health care and to start putting in place proven public solutions that will improve care for patients, says the H... Read More
More than 700 HEU members are one step closer to a first contract with Compass – the company contracted by the Vancouver Island Health Authority to provide housekeeping and dietary... Read More