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News releases for 2007
Government scheme to centralize health services may lead to more privatization and layoffs
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...
December 14, 2007
HEU urges government to act on proven public solutions now that Health Conversation over
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...
November 30, 2007
B.C. government fails to address seniors’ health care crisis
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 concerns
November 28, 2007
Whistleblower protection good for B.C. patients and seniors
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...
November 27, 2007
Kootenay health care workers reject CLAC, join HEU
About 250 health care workers at two privately-operated care facilities in the Kootenays have voted to join HEU
November 15, 2007
Victoria’s failure to disclose documents serious roadblock in Bill 29 talks – HEU
Documents related to $650 million in health privatization deals kept under wraps; government says reports or evaluations of cost effectiveness don’t exist
October 25, 2007
B.C. government breaks promise to build more residential care beds in Interior
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...
October 22, 2007
Hospital contractor's plan to hire overseas workers points to Bill 29 privatization failure
HEU sounds alarm about plans by multi-national corporation to hire temporary foreign workers to clean operating rooms and feed patients
October 11, 2007
Bill 29 talks: Government must change course on contracting out to protect seniors, patients
The provincial government has an historic opportunity to address the growing crisis in seniors’ and patient care by reviewing its position on contracting out
October 5, 2007
BC Health Coalition News Release: Leaked documents expose government plans for more contracting out to private clinics
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...
October 1, 2007
Hospital cleaning won't be privatized as part of Okanagan hospital P3s
Hospital cleaning will continue to be delivered by Interior Health employees at Vernon Jubilee and Kelowna General
September 26, 2007
HEU bargaining committee calls special meeting to review new developments in DEYAS negotiations
Bargaining committee representing HEU members employed by Downtown Eastside Youth Activities Society calls special member meeting
September 6, 2007
Health unions hold first meeting with government on Bill 29 court ruling
Health care unions met today with representatives of the provincial government to deal with the repercussions of last June’s landmark Supreme Court decision
September 6, 2007
Bargaining begins for Just Care members at Kin Court South/Evergreen Heights
Talks for a first collective agreement have started for 64 recently-certified HEU members employed by Just Care
August 23, 2007
First contract talks to begin for HEU H’ulh-etun Health Society members
Talks for a first collective agreement are scheduled between HEU members and the H’ulh-etun Health Society
August 22, 2007
Hospital security guards ratify first collective agreement with private contractor
Security guards at Prince George Regional Hospital celebrate first collective agreement
August 15, 2007
Wages, benefits next on the table for Summerland Seniors Village
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...
August 9, 2007
HEU looking forward to constructive discussions on Bill 29 court ruling
HEU looks forward to constructive discussions with B.C. government on implications of the Supreme Court’s Bill 29 decision
August 2, 2007
Government advertises misleading wage rates to recruit care aides
New website whitewashes low wages, lack of job security created by Bill 29 and chronic contract flipping in long-term care
July 31, 2007
Conversation on Health: British Columbians want better public health care, while the government plans more for-profit, private schemes
HEU joins BC Health Coalition rally in Downtown Vancouver to mark last public meeting of the Conversation on Health
July 6, 2007
Victoria gambles by ignoring high court and pushing ahead with plan to lay off Okanagan health workers
The provincial government issues a list of qualified bidders for hospital projects in the Okanagan that could include firing hundreds of workers
June 27, 2007
Public backs moratorium on health care layoffs
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 poll
June 21, 2007
HEU repeats call for moratorium on Bill 29 layoffs as another 30 care staff terminated
Abbotsford nursing home operator flips subcontract for care services bringing the number of care staff laid off in six weeks to nearly 700
June 19, 2007
Supreme Court strikes down Bill 29 provisions in landmark ruling
The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that sections of Bill 29 violate the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms
June 8, 2007
Health minister urged to investigate impact of mass firings on seniors’ care
HEU calls on health minister to investigate flood of termination notices issued to long-term care workers
June 6, 2007
Widespread opposition to privatization of hospital services in Okanagan – poll
A poll released today shows little support for the proposed privatization of maintenance and housekeeping services in the Okanagan
June 5, 2007
450 care aides terminated in largest mass firing of health care workers since B.C. Liberals' first term in office
450 care aides handed termination notices in largest mass firing in health care since the Campbell government’s first term in office
May 31, 2007
Monetary issues in DEYAS negotiations hinge on funding decision from health authority
The bargaining team for HEU members working at DEYAS has adjourned their talks with the employer until June 19
May 31, 2007
Summerland Seniors Village talks set for June 6
HEU bargaining committee representing workers at Summerland Seniors Village will begin negotiations for a first collective agreement next week
May 31, 2007
Friends of Medicare campaign to promote positive, public solutions to province’s health care challenges
BCHC launches its Friends of Medicare campaign; British doctor on hand to warn of the dangers of UK-style privatization.
May 16, 2007
More than 150 Nanaimo health care workers sacked by long-term care operator
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...
May 9, 2007
Innovative surgical projects show how waitlists can be solved: Submission to B.C. 'conversation on health'
News Release from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and the BC Health Coalition.
May 8, 2007
Health care jobs at risk in hospital expansion plans
Bid documents released Monday open door to wholesale privatization of support services and loss of more than 300 jobs in Kelowna and Vernon
May 7, 2007
MLAs should reject 29 per cent wage increase - HEU
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...
May 3, 2007
Bargaining stalls for health care workers at Kensington, Parkwood Place and Parkwood Court in Victoria
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...
April 3, 2007
First contract ratified by CareSource members at Nanaimo Seniors Village
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...
March 29, 2007
Arbitrator awards first contract for members at Compass/VIHA
Labour Relations Board-appointed mediator/arbitrator Stan Lanyon has awarded the terms of a first collective agreement between HEU and Compass Group...
March 28, 2007
First collective agreement awarded for hospital cleaning and dietary staff on Vancouver Island
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.
March 28, 2007
AG’s report reveals lack of action by Victoria on infection control commitments
Lack of coordination in dealing with superbugs compounded by the contracting out of hospital cleaning services, says union
March 22, 2007
First contract for Compass VIHA members now in arbitrator’s hands
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...
March 20, 2007
No plan for health care in B.C. budget
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...
February 20, 2007
Westcana: Get serious and stop stalling
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...
February 14, 2007
Government must come clean on agenda for health care
HEU on Throne Speech: “Fundamental” changes to health care loom but Victoria withholds details from health conversation participants
February 13, 2007
BC Health Coalition urges Victoria to halt privatization during Conversation on Health
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.
February 8, 2007
Health clock shows medicare investment in individual British Columbians
Clock at www.bchealthconversation.ca puts health spending in different context than Board of Trade, government clocks
February 6, 2007
BCHC News Release: Top Fraser Health officials told Victoria that a P3 is wrong for new Surrey Ambulatory Care Facility
BC Health Coalition obtains documents through FOI request that detail tensions over P3
January 31, 2007
CareSource members vote 97 per cent against tentative settlement
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...
January 30, 2007
Compass/VIHA arbitration set for March
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...
January 26, 2007
Budget politics mean uncertainty for health care
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...
January 25, 2007
Labour Relations Board appoints arbitrator in Compass -VIHA talks
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...
January 16, 2007