Newsletters for 2003

$20 million concessions package seeks to save jobs and protect hospital dietary services VANCOUVER COASTAL’S consideration of HEU’s $20 million concessions proposal, aimed at savin...Read More
Thousands of health care workers took to the streets of Vancouver January 28 in a political protest to mark the first anniversary of Bill 29, the Campbell government’s legislation...Read More
Access to current vacancies expanded in Fraser Health Authority A RECENT AGREEMENT reached with the Fraser Health Authority gives HEU members at St. Mary’s an opportunity to apply...Read More
Discussions will focus on protecting health care services and jobs on Vancouver Island HEU MEMBERS will continue their efforts to protect quality services and save more than 1200 I...Read More
B.C. ferry workers ended their strike action this morning after approving mediator Vince Ready’s recommendation to go to binding arbitration. The B.C. Ferry and Marine Workers Unio...Read More
THE LABOUR COMMUNITY in 100 Mile House is saddened by the death of former IWA Local 425 president Ron Haggard, who passed away suddenly December 7. HEU 100 Mile House Local chairpe...Read More
B.C. ferry workers continue with picketing today, in the second day of strike action. While bargaining with the B.C. Ferry Corporation is set to kick off this morning, it appears p...Read More
B.C. FERRY WORKERS have resumed their strike at noon today, Wed. Dec. 10, and HEU’s Provincial Executive along with dozens of union activists and staff were on hand at the Horsesho...Read More
WE HAVE just received an urgent appeal from the Iraqi Federation of Trade Unions which we feel needs to be passed on to the largest possible number of trade unionists in the next s...Read More
Board finds PHSA-Compass contract is revocable, discussion of alternatives ordered A senior Labour Relations Board official ruled Dec. 5 that the Provincial Health Services Authori...Read More
Are you a health care worker who’s considering upgrading skills to play a new role on the care team? Or, are you thinking about a future in nursing and want information on a much i...Read More
With the Christmas season in mind, community activists in New Westminster will raise a Tree of Hope Friday, December 5 as the next step in their campaign to fight the Campbell gove...Read More
THE HEALTH EMPLOYERS ASSOCIATION OF B.C. was forced December 2 to withdraw its bid to have the courts impose legal and financial penalties on HEU over a community-led protest again...Read More
Government urged to restore funding to vulnerable children and families WORKERS, CLIENTS, family members and advocacy groups launched a campaign yesterday urging the provincial gov...Read More
Courses open to union members, their families and friends free of charge THANKS TO A NEW PARTNERSHIP with the Burnaby School District, HEU will be offering Grade 10 and 12 Equivale...Read More
DELEGATES TO THE B.C. Federation of Labour convention in Vancouver sent a clear message Nov. 24 that so called partnership agreements signed by a local of the IWA with multinationa...Read More
Second Cavalcade of Hope takes protest to provincial legislature IN YET ANOTHER show of community-wide solidarity, the fight to save hospital beds at Port Alberni’s West Coast Gene...Read More
The Executive Committee of the Canadian Labour Congress has rejected CUPE’s solution to bringing the IWA-Canada into compliance with the CLC constitution. A neutral umpire appointe...Read More
Decision clears the way for HEU vote count B.C.’s Labour Relations Board has dismissed an application by the Industrial Wood and Allied Workers of Canada (IWA) — Local 1-3567 to ce...Read More
THE CANADIAN LABOUR CONGRESS Executive Committee met Monday to address last month’s umpire ruling that the Industrial, Wood and Allied Workers Union (IWA — Canada) is in violation...Read More
FULL- AND PART-TIME housekeepers laid-off as a result of contracting out at fourteen facilities in the Fraser Health Authority are eligible for training money and may attend career...Read More
Members are encouraged to make an informed choice AS THE FLU SEASON approaches employees throughout the health care system are once again being asked to participate in the province...Read More
DELEGATES TO THE Canadian Union of Public Employees’ national convention in Quebec City have unanimously demanded that the Canadian Labour Congress act to end the IWA’s role in und...Read More
Islanders protest planned cutbacks at Port Alberni hospital HUNDREDS OF CITIZENS from communities across Vancouver Island converged on Nanaimo today demanding an end to health care...Read More
Union files policy grievance over health authority claims that officers walked off the job ALLEGATIONS PUBLICLY discrediting six HEU security officers who were discharged early fro...Read More
Just three weeks after it was found to be in violation of the Canadian Labour Congress constitution for its actions in B.C.’s health system, another charge has been filed against t...Read More
In order to provide members with current bargaining information, the Community Social Services Union Bargaining Association has created a web site - www.cssinfo.caRead More
The Health Employers Association of B.C. want an early start to negotiations for a new province-wide facilities subsector collective agreement. In a letter sent to HEU secretary-bu...Read More
LAID OFF HOUSEKEEPING, laundry and security staff in the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority will have better access to casual work and are eligible for training money as the result...Read More
HEU refuses to exclude housekeeping and food services from meeting’s agenda ON OCTOBER 1, the Vancouver Island Health Authority (VIHA) agreed to meet with HEU to discuss alternativ...Read More
Fraser Health Authority CEO Bob Smith has rejected a union call for negotiating alternatives to contracting out and confirmed that a major contract for housekeeping services will b...Read More
A MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT concluded last month provides protection for workers impacted by the creation of the Provincial Health Services Authority “Corporate Services Unit”. This...Read More
LPNs encouraged to seek out training opportunities at local level Additional training funds for licensed practical nurses — the result of a $1.7 million increase over last year’s $...Read More
The Industrial, Wood and Allied Workers Union and its local 1-3567 are in violation of the Canadian Labour Congress’ constitution as a result of its activities in B.C.’s health car...Read More
While nearly four out of five believe their jobs are at risk from cuts and privatizations, HEU members are divided on how to protect them, according to a summer survey filled out b...Read More
Waitlists to increase while care declines THE FACT THAT THE VANCOUVER ISLAND HEALTH AUTHORITY (VIHA) is sitting on $133 million in investments hasn’t stopped it from pursuing the p...Read More
Forest fires raging for the better part of August are causing major trauma for British Columbians who live in the province’s interior, and health care workers have been striving to...Read More
Notice to successful applicants for the Hospital Employees’ Union annual bursary have gone out to 24 recipients, with more than half of the bursaries awarded to HEU members — a sig...Read More
Evolving professional requirements for ECG Technologists have been recognized in a long-awaited job review arbitration award handed down last week in Vancouver. Stemming from a 199...Read More
Pharmacy Technicians work with a great degree of autonomy and as a result, a new benchmark has been established which raises wage rates for the Pharmacy Technician I by 3.25 per ce...Read More
Plant engineers to fill gap resulting from laid-off security officers In a sign of things to come, the recent restructuring of security services at Saint Mary’s Hospital in New Wes...Read More
A campaign to stop the privatization of housekeeping, laundry and security services at St. Joseph’s Hospital in the Comox Valley is gradually gaining community-wide attention and s...Read More
HEU and health employers recently agreed to two indexing changes that mean that some long-term disability claimants may be entitled to increased support. Changes to the long-term d...Read More
Lieut-Colonel Don Copple, Divisional Commander of the Salvation Army, refused to meet today with about a dozen health care workers from Sunset Lodge, a Victoria seniors’ care home...Read More
Help support the Appeal for Justice campaign A fight for justice over the Salvation Army’s mass firing of dietary, maintenance, housekeeping and clerical staff at Victoria’s Sunset...Read More
HEU’s 16th Wage Policy Conference is set for February 9 and 10, 2004 at the Richmond Inn and packages containing credentials and other important information were sent to secretary-...Read More
Seniors led a march of more than 200 protesters through the streets of Revelstoke on August 6, as part of the community’s renewed fight against the Interior Health Authority’s plan...Read More
HEABC lifts ban on local agreements IHA, NHA look for deep concessions, VIHA rejects talks The Hospital Employees’ Union Provincial Executive has taken steps to make sure local off...Read More
First up is cutting outpatient testing costs at private labs, some hospitals HEU is reacting cautiously to provincial government proposals to restructure the delivery of inpatient...Read More
HEU peer counselling is the latest service available to laid-off workers LOWER MAINLAND MEMBERS directly impacted by the Campbell government’s health care privatization agenda now...Read More
Hundreds turn out to express solidarity and support A day-long barbeque at Children's and Women’s Health Centre on July 17 brought out close to 600 people to recognize fired health...Read More
Seniors care and jobs face potential threat A 90-MINUTE RALLY by front-line health care workers from Inglewood Lodge and Capilano Care Centre in West Vancouver drew supportive honk...Read More
Forty-six more workers axed in phase two of contracting out scheme ON THURSDAY AFTERNOON, Pleasant View Care Home issued pink slips to the 46 residential care attendants, activity...Read More
Council to urge HEABC to allow long-term care facility to negotiate with HEU CARE AIDES FROM THE PLEASANT VIEW CARE HOME have won the support of Mission Council in their fight to p...Read More
Simon Fraser Lodge is first long-term care facility in north to contract out health care With only a few hours notice, 50 people turned out to an early afternoon rally Thursday, Ju...Read More
Recently, at Saint Mary’s Hospital in New Westminster, several food service workers directly employed by the facility were sexually harassed by the department manager. In order to...Read More
New Westminster’s 116-year old acute medical care facility downgraded to outpatient and day surgery centre More than 40 HEU members received layoff notices this week as health supp...Read More
Questions raised about authority’s interest in Alberta laundry facilities Health care workers attending today’s northern health authority board meeting voiced their opposition to t...Read More
Government says budget reductions still in the offing With the Campbell Liberal government under increasing attack for the severity of its planned budget cut to the Ministry of Chi...Read More
Dozens of supporters joined Willingdon Park care aides — the first health care workers delivering direct patient care to have their jobs contracted out in B.C. — at a Saturday morn...Read More
Agrees to look at monitoring privatized health care work Willingdon Park care aides may be only two weeks away from their last day on the job, but a fightback that began the day th...Read More
Less than 24 hours after news emerged of the Campbell government’s plans to break an election promise by contracting out thousands of surgical procedures at Richmond Hospital, crit...Read More
HEU renews commitment to fight low-waged work More than 1,000 skilled and experienced front-line health care workers stand to lose their jobs as a result of the Vancouver Island He...Read More
Wage and pay equity adjustments that were on hold during the recent ratification vote will be paid retroactive to their effective date of April 1, 2003. After members rejected the...Read More
At a time when union members are increasingly facing disciplinary action for speaking out against cutbacks and privatization, arbitrator Christopher Sullivan has issued an importan...Read More
HEU’s Provincial Executive wrapped up a two-day meeting on Friday May 23 to map out the next steps after members of the facilities sector unions had voted against ratifying a tenta...Read More
B.C.’s Liberal government has brought down legislation that will radically alter collective bargaining in the province’s community social services sector. Bill 61 — the Community S...Read More
In the wake of the SARS crisis, front-line registered nurses are calling on health authorities to abandon contracting-out plans that will remove housekeeping and other support staf...Read More
On Friday afternoon May 16, HEU and its union bargaining partners in the facilities sector will be releasing the combined results of the ratification vote by some 46,000 health car...Read More
Campaign against privatization launched today A fightback campaign against the privatization of housekeeping and dietary services is gearing up at Children and Women’s Health Centr...Read More
More than 75 supporters turned out to a mid-day rally Wednesday to voice strong opposition to the contracting out of 55 care aides — members of the Hospital Employees’ Union (CUPE)...Read More
Legislation tabled last week by the B.C. Liberals will downgrade compulsory trades enforcement, and gives a new training authority the ability to break up existing trades into piec...Read More
Bargaining structure to undergo change Community social services negotiations have been held up while unions and employers await the passage of legislation that will change the sec...Read More
Despite government claims that Bill 29 would not result in the contracting out of direct patient care staff, a Burnaby long-term care facility could become the first health employe...Read More
Decision expected this fall Legal counsel for B.C. health care unions wrapped up their case against Bill 29 on Thursday, April 24 following nine days of proceedings in B.C.’s Supre...Read More
HEU has prepared a comprehensive report outlining details of the tentative framework agreement with government and employers that minimizes the impact of privatization on health ca...Read More
Comprehensive report with more details to follow soon For the past several weeks, HEU and our partner unions in the facilities subsector have been in difficult negotiations with go...Read More
Yesterday, April 16, our legal counsel finished arguing that Bill 29 — the Health and Social Services Delivery Improvement Act — is a breach of our constitutional right to freedom...Read More
Difficult talks between health care unions, employers and government continued this past weekend in an effort to reach an agreement that would minimize the impact of contracting ou...Read More
Unions continue to outline legal basis for declaring Bill 29 unconstitutional in day two of suit Joseph Arvay QC, legal counsel for the unions, continued to present our case throug...Read More
The bid by B.C. health care unions to have the Campbell government’s contract breaking legislation, Bill 29 declared unconstitutional, got underway yesterday morning April 14 befor...Read More
HEU members fight to protect seniors’ services in Kamloops and Salmon Arm Communities pull together to prevent closure of residential care facilities Protests have been growing mor...Read More
Another day of talks between health care unions and government is underway Friday. HEU secretary-business manager Chris Allnutt says that the parties are exchanging proposals and e...Read More
Tough talks between health unions and government continue Wednesday in an ongoing effort to find alternatives to contracting out and privatization initiatives that could see hospit...Read More
The Hospital Employees’ Union (CUPE) and facilities subsector partner unions — the B.C. Government and Service Employees’ Union and International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE...Read More
Talks achieve Municipal Pension Plan, job evaluation settlement process and new LTD benefits HEU members in the community subsector have won big as mediation talks between the mult...Read More
HEU representatives expect they will meet with the province’s deputy labour minister after the union made a proposal designed to kick-start discussions with government and health e...Read More
HEU joined with our key public sector union partners today to publish a newspaper advertisement highlighting criticism of the B.C. Liberal’s labour legislation—like bill 29—that’s...Read More
After meeting with their local MLA Richard Neufeld, members of the Fort St. John Hospital Local have written him a lengthy list of their mounting concerns relating to how cutbacks...Read More
In a high profile condemnation, a United Nations body charged with upholding labour standards has concluded that six laws enacted by the Campbell Liberals — including Bill 29 that...Read More
Video highlights Vancouver events in growing opposition to the attack on Iraq With Hospital Employees’ Union president Fred Muzin featured in the opening frames, Working TV has pro...Read More
People all over the world to protest U.S.-led bombing of Iraq as Bush’s ultimatum to Hussein expires HEU members in the Lower Mainland can stand with others here and around the wor...Read More
Let’s deliver a message to our MLAs, says the Cranbrook Coaltion of Concerned Citizens. On Wednesday, March 19, MLAs Bill Bennett, Blair Suffredine, Wendy McMahon and Sandy Santori...Read More
On March 15, people around the world are going to take to the streets again to tell their leaders, the United Nations, George W. Bush and Tony Blair, “No war with Iraq!” With the U...Read More
Georgetti urges forest union to reconsider its involvement in health care organizing A controversial arrangement between a local of the IWA-Canada and the British multinational Com...Read More
HEU’s International Women’s Day ad chronicles impact of privatization on women The B.C. government is turning back the clock on women’s wages — that’s the theme of a full-page HEU...Read More
At a March 5 media conference in Vancouver, HEU released a special report prepared by SFU economist Marjorie Cohen that warns 30 years of pay equity progress for HEU members is at...Read More
Despite unseasonably cold weather in some parts of B.C., front-line health care workers across the province took part in workplace demonstrations Thursday to reinforce their call f...Read More
In the wake of the Campbell government’s status quo budget, HEU members in Nanaimo and Chilliwack forged ahead Wednesday with protest actions aimed at building public opposition to...Read More
Premier Campbell’s call for a new cooperative relationship in the health care sector during last week’s throne speech was missed by at least two of his backbenchers, both who seize...Read More
Health care workers are hurt on the job in greater numbers than any other occupation in British Columbia. Now the Liberal government is set to take an axe to workplace health and s...Read More
To view highlights from the Saturday, February 15, 2002 Peace Rally click here .Read More
Vancouver’s protest will be one of countless around the world On Saturday, February 15, HEU members can add their voices to the millions around the world who are saying “No!” to a...Read More
Across the province, creative actions focus on facilities, communities In the wake of January 28’s political protest marking the first anniversary of Bill 29’s passage into law, me...Read More
B.C.’s billion dollar-plus share of a much needed infusion of federal health care funding should eliminate the financial pressures that are driving the Campbell government’s radica...Read More
Union renews call for talks, says it will vigorously defend members who are targeted for retribution by health authorities HEU leaders say that media statements made February 6 by...Read More
For those who did not have an opportunity to hear Scottish union activist Carolyn Leckie talk about how unionized workers are successfully fighting back against the privatization o...Read More
HEU pamphlet exposes faulty assumptions and lack of research As health authorities move to contract out food services in B.C.’s hospitals and long-term care facilities, the Hospita...Read More
Thousands of health care workers took to the streets of Vancouver January 28 in a political protest to mark the first anniversary of Bill 29, the Campbell government’s legislation...Read More
Union will take an open-minded, problem-solving approach to discussions but members will have the final say. In an important departure from a year of conflict and chaos in the heal...Read More
Amid chants of “liar, liar,” about 100 people converged on Nanaimo’s library square for a noon hour rally today to protest the Campbell government’s cutbacks to health and social s...Read More
More than 100 citizens who turned out to the Vancouver Island Health Authority’s board meeting in Cumberland yesterday morning were denied any opportunity to voice their concerns a...Read More
Late in the evening of January 28, the Labour Relations Board issued a temporary order in regard to political protest action undertaken by HEU members against Bill 29 and the polic...Read More
Click here February 11 rally for a copy of the February 11 rally poster.Read More
In a series of ongoing actions protesting the Campbell government’s health care cuts and privatization agenda, members of the Hospital Employees’ Union and their supporters will ra...Read More
The last time an HEU housekeeper was paid $9.50 an hour was before April 1, 1984. But that’s the level that wage rates have been cut to in a shocking new labour contract entered in...Read More
Arrest just latest in series of ethical lapses, says HEU Health care workers feel personally betrayed by B.C.’s premier and want him to resign for breaking election commitments, ac...Read More
Front line RNs say Fraser Health Authority and private laundry contractor K-Bro are jeopardizing patient safety In a letter sent today, the B.C. Nurses’ Union is demanding that Hea...Read More
Message from health authority — our doors are closed Vancouver Hospital housekeeper Karen Lahey was one of more than 300 health care workers who rallied outside the headquarters of...Read More
Hundreds rally throughout facility A brief lunch hour rally today, involving more than 500 health care workers and their supporters, marched through Vancouver General Hospital’s ca...Read More
70 HEU members to lose jobs In the face of high profile, community-wide campaigns to stop the contacting out of 70 housekeeping, dietary and laundry jobs at Arranglen Gardens in Qu...Read More
An agreement reached late last year between the HEU, BCGEU, CUPE, HSA and the Community Social Services Employers’ Association (CSSEA) on the distribution of equity funds under the...Read More