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News releases for 2017
Seniors Advocate report underscores need to invest in new residential care facilities – HEU
B.C. needs a plan to build more public and non-profit residential care facilities to meet the care needs of the province’s aging population, says the Hospital Employees’ Union. The...
December 14, 2017
B.C.’s ambulance paramedics to have standalone bargaining rights restored
FBA-CUPE Local 873 release: The B.C. government today announced that it is initiating a process which will restore standalone bargaining rights to B.C.'s ambulance paramedics and e...
October 24, 2017
Care home survey reinforces need for improved staffing levels
Vancouver – B.C.’s Seniors Advocate is once again calling for higher staffing levels in residential care facilities after releasing the results of a ground-breaking survey of care...
September 15, 2017
Budget update signals that critical health care investments are on the way, says HEU
Plans to tackle the opioid crisis, improve access to effective and affordable drug coverage and improve seniors’ care are critical and welcome reinvestments in British Columbian’s...
September 11, 2017
Hospital support service workers deliver 96 per cent strike mandate to back demands for fair deal
BURNABY – B.C. hospital housekeeping and dietary workers have delivered an overwhelming strike mandate to back their bid to secure fair and respectful collective agreements with th...
June 26, 2017
Hospital laundry staff work final shift after jobs were privatized by the Interior Health Authority
Today, 29 laundry workers at Kelowna General Hospital will work their final shift, after the Interior Health Authority (IHA) contracted out their jobs and awarded a 20-year contrac...
June 15, 2017
Hospitals must stop treating housekeepers and dietary workers as disposable says HEU
Vancouver, B.C. - Hospital Employees' Union (HEU) secretary-business manager Jennifer Whiteside today called on B.C.’s health authorities to improve job security and wages for heal...
May 31, 2017
HEU congratulates John Horgan and Andrew Weaver on historic agreement
B.C.'s largest health care union is congratulating the leaders of the BC NDP and BC Green Party for reaching an agreement for a progressive provincial government that puts people a...
May 29, 2017
Liberal candidate uses false facts to cover up impact of care home privatization in election ad
BURNABY – False claims by a BC Liberal candidate that the replacement of two public care homes in Sechelt by a privately operated facility won’t impact wages of health care workers...
May 3, 2017
Health care has highest occupational injury rate of all sectors in B.C.
Today, the Hospital Employees’ Union joins labour allies and communities across the country to mark the National Day of Mourning for workers killed, injured or disabled on the job,...
April 28, 2017
Plan to raid funds intended for injured workers a betrayal, says HEU
Burnaby, B.C. – A pre-election promise by the B.C. Liberal government to divert funds intended for injured workers into employers’ pockets is short-sighted, says the 46,000-member...
March 29, 2017
HEU welcomes plan for more seniors’ care staff, calls for greater accountability from care home operators
B.C.’s largest health union says today’s announcement by Health Minister Terry Lake is a “significant step” towards addressing the growing staffing crisis in residential care. “Our...
March 9, 2017
Pre-election budget fails to reverse 15 years of damage to seniors’ care and critical health services, says HEU
There’s no fix to a growing crisis in seniors’ care or to the ongoing underfunding of B.C.’s health authorities in today’s pre-election B.C. budget, says the Hospital Employees’ Un...
February 21, 2017
Job security a key issue as bargaining continues in contracted support services
Bargaining is in full swing for more than 4,000 HEU members who work in support services for Sodexo, Aramark, Acciona, Marquise and Compass. The bargaining teams have brought forwa...
February 10, 2017
HEU calls for urgent action on staffing crisis in seniors’ care
In the wake of a Seniors Advocate report showing over 90 per cent of the province’s senior care facilities are understaffed, HEU is calling for urgent action to stem the growing cr...
January 25, 2017