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News releases for 2008
Health minister must assure seniors that health authorities won’t raise care home drug costs
Health minister should take steps to stop health authorities from raising drug costs for long-term care residents
December 11, 2008
Health minister’s statement on shared services “premature and unhelpful”
Abbott jumps gun and ignores consultation process with union reps on consolidation of health care services
December 9, 2008
HEU urges B.C. Auditor General to investigate costs of Abbotsford P3 hospital in light of Ontario report
Union calls on Auditor General to audit costs of building Abbotsford Regional Hospital and Cancer Centre as a P3
December 9, 2008
BC Health Coalition to launch seniors’ campaign in 2009
BCHC announces upcoming January 2009 launch of their seniors’ health care campaign, Broken Promises
December 9, 2008
Union members call attention to homelessness in 'Stand for Housing'
Members of HEU’s Terrace local will join in a province-wide “Stand for Housing” on Saturday, November 29
November 28, 2008
Workers at Eden Intermediate Care in Chilliwack vote 89% to join HEU
Fifty-five care aides, activity aides and LPNs have voted in favour of joining the Hospital Employees' Union
November 27, 2008
HEU’s Pro Vita bargaining committee calls for a strong strike mandate
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November 25, 2008
Mediator awards first contract to Compass-employed workers at Guildford Seniors Village
Printer Friendly Version Labour Relations Board mediator Grant McArthur has awarded HEU members, employed by Compass at Guildford Seniors Village, a first collective agreement...
November 12, 2008
Committees present health and safety and other non-monetary proposals to Compass, Sodexo and Aramark
Printer Friendly Version In October, HEU’s Big 3 bargaining committees presented the union’s non-monetary proposals during several days of meetings at separate bargaining tables...
November 6, 2008
Bill 29 compensation to be paid to health care workers
Health care workers who lost their jobs as a result of Bill 29 will receive compensation cheques before Christmas
November 10, 2008
HEU elects new president
Delegates to the 26th biennial convention of HEU have elected Ken Robinson as the new president
November 7, 2008
Seniors' care, election of new president on delegates' minds as HEU convention begins Monday, November 3
About 600 delegates representing 43,000 health and community social services workers will gather in Vancouver next week for the 26th biennial convention of the Hospital Employees'...
November 3, 2008
BCAA scraps plan for private “Medical Access Insurance”
Thousands of British Columbians stand up for public health care
October 8, 2008
Bargaining committee applies for mediation over monetary package
Printer Friendly Version In a move to resolve issues with AdvoCare over its proposed compensation package, the joint B.C. Government and Service Employees’ Union (BCGEU) and the...
October 3, 2008
Lack of response from D2 Education Services leads to union strike vote
Printer Friendly Version Talks have broken down between the Hospital Employees’ Union and D2 Education Services after two more days of bargaining led to a dead-end.
October 3, 2008
BCAA push for private insurance undermines medicare
BC Health Coalition is deeply disturbed by BCAA’s recent announcement to begin offering insurance that will allow its members to jump the health care queue
October 2, 2008
Wage, working conditions stay in force for Big 3 members even after contracts expire
Wages and working conditions remain in place for all Big 3 members even after current collective agreements between HEU and Sodexo, Aramark or Compass expire at midnight tonight
September 30, 2008
HEU reaches out-of-court settlement with Canfor
Printer Friendly VersionThe Hospital Employees’ Union will pay Canadian Forest Products Limited (Canfor) $500,000 to settle a legal action launched by the company in 2004. Canfor...
September 12, 2008
Big 3 Bargaining: Aramark bargaining committee completes first days of talks
Printer Friendly VersionThe bargaining committee for HEU members employed by Aramark in the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority met for their first two days of talks on August 25...
September 4, 2008
Mediator gets talks rolling again with D2 Education Services
Printer Friendly Version HEU members bargaining for a first contract with D2 Education Services will be returning to the bargaining table in the fall after talks stalled this...
August 22, 2008
Compensation package now on bargaining table as unions continue negotiations with AdvoCare
Printer Friendly Version The joint B.C. Government and Service Employees’ Union (BCGEU) and the Hospital Employees’ Union (HEU) bargaining committee have just tabled its...
August 20, 2008
Okanagan hospitals lose trades and maintenance workers to privatization
More than 53 HEU trades and maintenance workers will lose their jobs as IHA pushes ahead with its P3 expansion plans for Vernon Jubilee and Kelowna General hospitals
August 21, 2008
Salary hikes for top bureaucrats outrageous - HEU
Huge pay increases for senior government bureaucrats, announced today, are outrageous, disrespectful and out of touch, says HEU
August 8, 2008
HEU provincial president Fred Muzin not to seek re-election
HEU president Fred Muzin has decided not to seek re-election at the union’s convention this November
August 1, 2008
Health care workers travel to VIHA board meeting in Qualicum today
HEU members from across Vancouver Island will gather in Qualicum today to oppose long-term care cuts
July 30, 2008
Bargaining committee reaches tentative agreement with Golden Life Management
Printer Friendly Version On July 23, the HEU bargaining committee reached a tentative settlement for the approximately 400 HEU members employed at six Golden Life Management sites.
July 25, 2008
First contract negotiations continue for HEU members employed by St. Charles Manor (Rockland Care)
Printer Friendly Version The HEU bargaining committee met with Omar Lalani, the new owner of St. Charles Manor, on July 15 to discuss the terms of a first collective agreement. St...
July 24, 2008
B.C. unions file charter challenge against election gag law
B.C. Federation of Labour News Release: Bill 42 violates freedoms of association and expression
July 23, 2008
Contract negotiations between HEU and WestCana move to mediation
Printer Friendly Version After several meetings between the Hospital Employees’ Union bargaining committee and WestCana management, negotiations for a first collective agreement...
July 18, 2008
Mediation dates set for July 30 and August 1 in Compass negotiations
Printer Friendly Version After several meetings between the Hospital Employees’ Union bargaining committee and Compass management, negotiations for a first collective agreement...
July 21, 2008
Workers take living wage campaign to streets of downtown Vancouver
Hospital cleaners and food service workers, employed by Sodexo, Aramark and Compass, will take their campaign for living wages to the streets of downtown Vancouver this Sunday
July 11, 2008
Contract talks progress between HEU and South Granville Park Lodge
Printer Friendly Version The HEU bargaining committee continued collective agreement negotiations with South Granville Park Lodge on June 12, following an initial meeting on May 29...
July 3, 2008
HEU applies for mediation in contract renewal negotiations with Golden Life
Despite four days of comprehensive discussions between HEU and Golden Life Management – June 16 through June 19 – the two parties were unable to reach an agreement on wages and...
June 27, 2008
BC unions launch legal challenge against gag law
Seven of British Columbia’s largest unions, along with the B.C. Federation of Labour, have decided to launch a legal challenge against Bill 42
June 27, 2008
Long-term care beds must remain open on Vancouver Island to meet needs of seniors
HEU says the Vancouver Island Health Authority must reverse its plans to close 346 long-term care beds
June 26, 2008
Health care workers, seniors broadsided by long-term care bed closures on Vancouver Island
HEU members are reeling from surprise announcement by VIHA that more than 250 regular care staff will lose jobs
June 20, 2008
Bargaining committee begins contract negotiations with Nisga’a Health Authority
Printer Friendly Version The HEU bargaining committee met with the employer on June 3 and June 4 for the first days of collective agreement negotiations.Both parties’ proposals...
June 20, 2008
D2 Education Services fails to respond to union’s bargaining proposals
Printer Friendly Version HEU members bargaining for a first contract with D2 Education Services report mounting frustrations with the employer’s failure to respond to the union’s...
June 20, 2008
Bargaining committee reports steady progress in first contract negotiations with AdvoCare
Printer Friendly Version The joint B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) and the Hospital Employees" Union (HEU) bargaining committee says steady progress is being...
June 11, 2008
Wages, benefits to dominate June contract talks with Amica
Printer Friendly Version As bargaining for a second contract moves into June, for members working at Douglas House in Victoria, HEU is awaiting a formal response from Amica on the...
June 4, 2008
“Big 3” bargaining committees attend first meeting to prepare for contract negotiations with Sodexo, Aramark and Compass
On May 2, the newly-elected bargaining committees for HEU members employed by Sodexo, Aramark and Compass attended a day-long meeting to prepare for upcoming negotiations with the...
May 9, 2008
Stats Can Report: Living wage policies key to solving huge wage gap for immigrant workers, says HEU
Living wage policies are an essential tool to address the shocking wage gap between new-immigrant and Canadian-born workers, says the HEU
May 1, 2008
Unions table non-monetary proposals with Advocare
Printer Friendly Version On April 17, the joint HEU/BCGEU bargaining committee tabled its non-monetary proposals when it met with Advocare in Kelowna. Bargaining protocol was also...
May 1, 2008
D2 Education Services members: HEU pays tribute to bargaining committee member
Printer Friendly Version The bargaining committee for D2 Education Services members working at Bear Creek Lodge and Evergreen Cottages would like to honour the commitment and hard...
April 28, 2008
HEU tables monetary proposals in contract renewal talks with Golden Life Management
Printer Friendly Version On April 9 and 10, the bargaining committee representing HEU members at four facilities owned by Golden Life Management continued contract renewal talks in...
April 23, 2008
Legislation restores health care workers' collective bargaining rights
Today, the BC Liberals tabled a bill to implement last year’s historic Supreme Court of Canada ruling that struck down key provisions of Bill 29
April 14, 2008
Public health care forum draws standing-room only crowd
BCHC news release: Just hours after health minister tables controversial amendments to Medicare Protection Act, more than 200 people attend public talk on private health care
April 9, 2008
Joint union bargaining committee to meet with Advocare on April 17
Printer Friendly VersionThe joint BC Government and Service Employees’ Union and the Hospital Employees’ Union bargaining committee – representing members working for Advocare at...
April 8, 2008
Government policy paved way for low wages for hospital cleaners and dietary workers
Backgrounder (2/2) to March 27, 2008 news release Make hospital contractors pay family-supporting wages to cleaners and dietary workers - pollPrinter-friendly versionPrinter...
March 27, 2008
Living wage policy for health authorities has strong support from public -- poll
Backgrounder (1/2) to March 27, 2008 news release Make hospital contractors pay family-supporting wages to cleaners and dietary workers - pollPrinter-friendly versionPrinter...
March 27, 2008
Make hospital contractors pay family-supporting wages to cleaners and dietary workers – poll
Nine out of ten British Columbians think health authorities should make their corporate contractors pay living wages
March 27, 2008
HEU continues efforts to resolve issues and reach fair first contract with H’ulh-etun Health Society
Printer Friendly Version The bargaining committee for HEU members employed by the H’ulh-etun Health Society made progress on non-monetary language issues in collective agreement...
March 12, 2008
Retirement Concepts set to slash care hours for seniors at Coquitlam nursing home
HEU calls on provincial government to protect seniors and reverse decision by Retirement Concepts to reduce care levels
March 5, 2008
HEU members approve Bill 29 settlement
HEU members have voted 94 per cent in favour of labour adjustment measures and new rights that are part of a settlement to last year’s Bill 29 Supreme Court of Canada ruling
February 22, 2008
Budget contains few details on big ideas for health care
B.C. government has revealed little about its grand plans for health changes in its 2008 budget
February 19, 2008
Throne speech puts health care on the market
Government plan to adopt a so-called “patient-centred funding model” will put health services at risk
February 12, 2008
Health care workers gain expanded rights in tentative settlement with government on Bill 29 court ruling
Settlement includes $75 million for compensation and training, action on staffing shortages, improved scrutiny of health privatization
January 28, 2008
Union applies for mediation to resolve outstanding issues in negotiations with Just Care
Committee bargaining on behalf of HEU members employed by Just Care at Evergreen Heights and Kin Court South apply to Labour Relations Board for mediation
January 22, 2008
Bargaining continues in February for HEU members at Douglas House
Negotiations for a renewed collective agreement are underway for HEU members working at Douglas House
January 18, 2008