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Newsletters for 2007
Bill 29 talks resume in January
Printer Friendly Version Health unions will resume meetings with government and health employers on the implementation of last summer’s Supreme Court decision on Bill 29 , on Janua...
December 21, 2007
Community Social Services campaign gears up for 2008
Printer Friendly Version A multi-union campaign to boost public awareness and support for community social services (CSS) is now underway. Together with our partners in the Communi...
December 20, 2007
Hospital cleaners told to cut corners
Three HEU members working for Compass at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital spoke out in the media today about the instructions they’ve received to cut corners on cleaning and other...
December 14, 2007
New “shared services” organization could open door to further privatization of health services
Printer Friendly Version A plan by B.C.’s health authorities and the Ministry of Health to centralize a number of health services through a new shared services organization could b...
December 14, 2007
December 6 – National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women
November 29, 2007
HEU member tells news media about the impacts of privatization and low wages
Printer Friendly Version HEU member and food service worker Erna Calingasan shared her story of Bill 29 privatization, low wages and long hours at a First Call press conference to...
November 27, 2007
Pro-P3 poll sidesteps reality
Printer Friendly Version OTTAWA – The latest poll from a pro-privatization lobby group shows the false promises of public-private partnerships (P3s) unravel when Canadians experien...
November 26, 2007
Union seeks information from workers affected by Bill 29
Printer Friendly Version Bill 29 talks will resume next week, but in the meantime, HEU is encouraging members and former members affected by the legislation to get in touch. Hundre...
November 20, 2007
Talks with HEABC on Benchmark Series Review begin next month
Printer Friendly Version HEU and other unions meet with HEABC in December on the benchmark series review outlined in the Facilities Subsector collective agreement. The terms of the...
November 15, 2007
Health unions propose solution to staffing crisis, seek response on redress as Bill 29 talks enter second month
The multi-union Facilities Bargaining Association (FBA) ended its first month of Bill 29 talks with government and health employers by repeating its call for redress for workers wh...
November 5, 2007
Flaherty offers little to working families
Ottawa — Finance Minister Jim Flaherty is once again promising billions more in tax cuts which will provide little lasting benefit to working families, says CUPE National President...
October 31, 2007
Send Victoria a minimum wage message
Printer Friendly Version November 1, 2001. It was the last time B.C.’s minimum wage was increased. With another year gone by without a raise for thousands of workers, it’s an anniv...
October 24, 2007
Bill 29 information meetings scheduled
Printer Friendly Version HEU has scheduled special information meetings for members and former members who were laid-off or bumped as a result of Bill 29 -related contracting out.
October 16, 2007
The Tyee looks at Beacon Hill Villa
by Tom Sandborn The Tyee Everyone involved agrees that something went terribly wrong at the Beacon Hill Villa, a Victoria care home for fragile seniors. But key players in the prov...
October 14, 2007
HEU-sponsored journalism student scholarships announced
Printer-friendly version The Jack Webster Foundation has announced the recipients of the 2007 Student Journalism Awards, co-sponsored for the second year by the Hospital Employees’...
October 14, 2007
Bill 29 talks with government resume later this month
Printer-friendly version The HEU and other health unions in the Facilities Bargaining Association have wrapped up a second week of talks with government and Health Employers Associ...
October 14, 2007
HEU and union partners lay out five-point framework for Bill 29 talks
Printer Friendly Version HEU and its union partners in the Facilities Bargaining Association (FBA) laid out a series of principles for the implementation of last June’s court rulin...
October 5, 2007
Bill 29 talks underway Tuesday
Printer Friendly Version The Hospital Employees’ Union and its union bargaining partners in the Facilities Bargaining Association (FBA) will sit down later today with government an...
October 2, 2007
Countdown: AIDS Walk for Life 2007 – join or support the HEU team
Printer Friendly Version It’s the final week to join or pledge a tax-deductible donation to the HEU Team, participating in this year’s AIDS WALK for LIFE – held Sunday, September 2...
September 17, 2007
Bill 29 talks: HEU focuses on redress and the restoration of collective bargaining rights
Printer Friendly Version On September 6, HEU joined other health care unions in a first meeting with provincial government officials to establish a process for dealing with the out...
September 14, 2007
HEU will meet with government, HEABC in October for further talks on Bill 29
Printer Friendly Version An initial meeting between health unions and government on the outcome of last June’s court ruling on Bill 29 wrapped up Thursday with a commitment to furt...
September 8, 2007
HEU meets with government on Bill 29 decision Thursday
Printer Friendly Version HEU will meet with provincial government representatives on Thursday to begin discussions on the implementation of last June’s court ruling that struck dow...
September 5, 2007
Supreme Court win is a groundbreaking victory for all workers
Printer Friendly Version When the BC Liberals used a hastily created law to rip up workers’ collective agreements in 2002, many British Columbians reacted with shock and disbelief....
August 31, 2007
Update on the clerical benchmark review
Printer Friendly Version The clerical benchmark review will move into arbitration after the year-long discussions between health unions and the Health Employers Association of BC (...
August 28, 2007
AIDS Walk for Life 2007 – support HEU’s team
Printer Friendly Version The HEU Lesbian and Gay Standing Committee is organizing a team of participants for this year’s AIDS WALK for LIFE – held September 23 in Vancouver. Since...
August 28, 2007
Health unions’ ad sends a positive public solutions message to Canadian physicians
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August 21, 2007
Petition to protect seniors’ care and workers’ rights presented to MLA at weekend rally
Printer Friendly Version More than 70 supporters gathered at Nanaimo’s Matteo Sutton Park on Sunday to support the laid-off care staff at Nanaimo Seniors Village (NSV) and to call...
August 21, 2007
City council passes motion encouraging government involvement at Nanaimo Seniors Village
Printer Friendly Version Nanaimo City Council quickly passed a motion at its regular meeting on August 13 encouraging the provincial government to step in and resolve quality of ca...
August 17, 2007
Update for members on Bill 29 Supreme Court decision
Many members – past and present – are waiting eagerly to find out how the Supreme Court’s landmark Bill 29 decision will affect them and other workers. Since the Court handed down...
August 2, 2007
Update: Site-specific support information for Aug. 1 & 2 regarding CUPE’s fight for fairness in the Lower Mainland
Printer Friendly Version Our CUPE sisters and brothers who work across the Lower Mainland delivering municipal services to the public are bargaining with their employers for fair c...
July 31, 2007
HEU trades and maintenance members advised of “hot” declaration
Printer Friendly Version The B.C. Federation of Labour has issued a “hot” declaration on all coastal lumber, logs and wood products, emanating from unionized logging and sawmilling...
July 31, 2007
Support CUPE’s fight for fairness in Lower Mainland municipalities
Photo: Vancouver Public Library workers on the line.
July 30, 2007
Long-term care operators urged to directly employ staff rather than risk more contracting out
Printer Friendly Version HEU is asking the operators of six long-term care facilities to employ care staff directly in order to avoid looming layoffs and the resulting disruption i...
July 20, 2007
Union-sponsored concert celebrates Goodwin
Veteran folk singer Utah Phillips (left) and Joe Keithley of DOA fame teamed up to bring songs and stories about legendary union organizer Ginger Goodwin to this year’s Vancouver F...
July 20, 2007
More benchmark reviews on their way, clerical review wraps up
Printer Friendly Version As the clerical benchmark review nears completion, the union is embarking on the last two sets of benchmark reviews established in the current facilities s...
July 20, 2007
Bill 29 Supreme Court decision update for members
Printer Friendly Version Many members – past and present – are waiting eagerly to find out how the Supreme Court’s landmark Bill 29 decision will affect them and other workers.
July 13, 2007
Rally in Vancouver on July 7 to support public health care
On Saturday, July 7 join public health care supporters from across B.C. as we take our message to the provincial government's last "Conversation on Health" forum at the Marriot Pin...
July 4, 2007
Help stop the layoffs at Nanaimo Seniors Village
HEU members and their supporters in Nanaimo are ramping up the union’s petition campaign on Monday, July 9 with neighbourhood and worksite canvasses. And they are asking everyone t...
July 4, 2007
Bill 29 victory celebration draws more than 200 HEU members to UBC hospital
Printer Friendly Version More than 200 HEU members took a break from Monday’s Summer School sessions to celebrate the recent Supreme Court ruling on Bill 29 and the new collective...
June 26, 2007
HEU members working for Sodexho, Aramark and Compass question what Bill 29 means for them
Printer Friendly Version On June 8, the Supreme Court of Canada struck down key parts of Bill 29 – the 2002 B.C. government law that stripped HEU members of contracting-out protect...
June 12, 2007
HEU marks National Aboriginal Day – June 21
Printer Friendly Version The Hospital Employees’ Union will join National Abriginal Day celebrations on June 21 as it continues to advocate for fair and equal treatment of all Abor...
June 12, 2007
Supreme Court of Canada ruling on Bill 29 – what does it mean?
Printer Friendly Version The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that three sections of Bill 2 9 – the Health and Social Services Delivery Improvement Act – violate the Canadian Char...
June 11, 2007
Supreme Court strikes down Bill 29 provisions
June 8, 2007
The Tyee: Our Parents Aren’t Widgets
B.C.’s independent, alternative online newspaper – The Tyee – has published an extensive article “Our Parents Aren’t Widgets” on the care aide layoffs at Nanaimo Seniors Village. C...
June 5, 2007
Supreme Court hands down Bill 29 decision on June 8
On Friday, June 8, the Supreme Court of Canada will render its judgment on whether Bill 29 – a B.C. law enacted in 2002 – violates the constitutionally-protected Charter rights of...
June 3, 2007
Canada Day premiums paid on July 2, not July 1 this year
Printer Friendly Version As British Columbians prepare for another holiday weekend, the long-time debate over statutory holiday premium payment is centrestage. Canada Day is recogn...
May 30, 2007
LRB delivers a blow to dismantling of community living group homes
Printer Friendly Version A recent Labour Relations Board (LRB) decision makes it more difficult for Community Living BC (CLBC) to dismantle the group home model and de-unionize the...
May 29, 2007
Nanaimo rallies behind fired workers at publicly funded care facility
More than 200 people rallied on Saturday morning to support 168 health care workers who have been laid off for the third time at Nanaimo Seniors Village. Using the provisions of Bi...
May 28, 2007
HEU tells IHA board to scrap hospital P3 scheme in Okanagan, retain skilled support services staff
Printer Friendly Version More than 50 health care workers and concerned citizens rallied outside Vernon Jubilee Hospital this morning before marching to a meeting of the Interior H...
May 23, 2007
HEU locals celebrate support workers across British Columbia – May 17
Printer Friendly Version In a series of events across the province, HEU locals will mark Support Workers’ Day – May 17 – by recognizing this occupational group’s essential contribu...
May 16, 2007
Will U.K.-style changes to B.C.’s health care system benefit patients or corporations?
Printer Friendly Version Is British Columbia’s health care system financially sustainable? Is our provincial government’s plan to adopt a U.K.-style approach to funding health serv...
May 10, 2007
HEU Summer School application deadline – Friday, May 4
Printer Friendly Version New and experienced HEU activists are encouraged to participate in the union’s Summer School 2007, held June 24-29 at the University of British Columbia. T...
May 2, 2007
Canadian Labour calls on governments to mark National Day of Mourning with stepped-up enforcement of health and safety laws
OTTAWA – The Canadian Labour Congress is marking this year’s National Day of Mourning with a renewed call for governments to step-up enforcement of federal, provincial and territor...
April 27, 2007
Provincial government ignores key recommendations to improve seniors’ quality of life but mandatory retirement set to end
B.C. Federation of Labour news release: [VANCOUVER] - Legislation introduced today by the BC Liberal government ends mandatory retirement but ignores fifteen key recommendations se...
April 26, 2007
Concern over North Island P3 hospital plan draws big crowds
Photo: HEU's Judy Darcy at Campbell River forum.
April 21, 2007
Conservative child care report troubling
(CUPE Analysis) On April 10, while the House of Commons wasn't sitting, the Harper Conservative government quietly released a report addressing the gap between the supply and deman...
April 17, 2007
Add your voice to the Health Conversation
Health care workers and other British Columbians continue to send a loud and clear message to the B.C. government's "Conversation on Health" - public health care is the most equita...
April 4, 2007
Talking about a living wage
Health care workers, community representatives and trade unionists jammed a meeting hall at the downtown Vancouver Library Sunday night to talk about earning a living wage. The HEU...
April 2, 2007
Seniors' care staff from Okanagan, Kootenays choose HEU
Printer Friendly Version More than 225 health care workers from three separate seniors’ care facilities in the interior have joined the Hospital Employees’ Union over the past week...
March 30, 2007
CSS NEWS: service changes rejected; bumping rights victory; and more
Printer Friendly Version Unions reject proposed changes in community living The Union Bargaining Association has rejected a proposal by the provincial government, Community Living...
March 28, 2007
HEU marks International Day for the Elimination of Racism - today
Since 1966, the United Nations has recognized March 21 as International Day for the Elimination of Racism – stemming from the worldwide outrage over an unprovoked South African sla...
March 21, 2007
BC Supreme Court issues decision on political protest
Printer Friendly Version The BC Supreme Court today issued a decision related to the charter implications of union protests held on January 28, 2003.
March 20, 2007
Absence of leadership in federal budget
Printer Friendly Version OTTAWA – “Stephen Harper has tabled an election-ready budget, but the new packaging of the Conservatives should not fool Canadians,” says Paul Moist, natio...
March 19, 2007
Campaign to raise community social services profile in the works
Printer Friendly Version The association of unions representing B.C.’s community social services workers has established a working group to raise the profile of the sector and resp...
March 15, 2007
HEU marks International Day for the Elimination of Racism – March 21
Printer Friendly Version Since 1966, the United Nations has recognized March 21 as International Day for the Elimination of Racism – stemming from the worldwide outrage over an unp...
March 14, 2007
HEU will salute our sisters
Printer Friendly Version As women’s organizations, labour councils and trade unions around the globe gear up for International Women’s Day celebrations on March 8, the Hospital Emp...
March 7, 2007
Insurance scam alert for HEU members
Printer Friendly Version Some HEU members have recently been approached by individuals identifying themselves as insurance representatives endorsed by the union. In one case, an in...
February 28, 2007
New book calls co-operatives and health care a healthy match
Printer Friendly Version “Community-based health co-ops can use government funding to deliver programs that reflect the needs of real people and respect the principles of workplace...
February 22, 2007
Campbell government's upcoming budget must take immediate steps to increase social assistance rates
The Campbell government's upcoming budget must take immediate steps to increase social assistance rates says Jim Sinclair, President of the B.C. Federation of Labour. "Every day we...
February 9, 2007
Privatization of care at heart of issue
Ottawa – “Canadians have a reasonable expectation to receive health care in a timely manner,” says Paul Moist, national president of Canada’s largest union the Canadian Union of Pu...
February 9, 2007
Kamloops residents speak out for public health care
Printer Friendly Version Frigid temperatures and an early Saturday morning start didn't stop Kamloops residents from showing support for public health care at a rally coinciding wi...
February 3, 2007
Focus on health care solutions
Printer Friendly Version Kamloops residents will be the first to test-drive the B.C Liberals' Conversation On Health public forums on Friday and Saturday. But like other British Co...
February 1, 2007
HEU calls for public solutions
Printer Friendly Version British Columbians expect the provincial government to properly fund health care and show leadership in implementing solutions addressing surgery waits and...
January 28, 2007
Focus on jobs and working families' priorities -- CLC
OTTAWA - "The priority is political climate change!” says Ken Georgetti, president of the Canadian Labour Congress as he lays out what Canadian working families expect from their M...
January 27, 2007
Good Samaritan workers in Salmon Arm join HEU
Printer Friendly Version Health care workers employed by Good Samaritan Society at Pioneer Lodge and Hillside Village in Salmon Arm have joined HEU. The vote was counted on Monday....
January 23, 2007
Guardian focuses on health care debate
With the government's so-called "conversation on health" set to go on the road starting February 3 in Kamloops, the award-winning Guardian takes on the debate in a special issue no...
January 22, 2007
Tory child care plans fail families
The Conservative government has shuffled its cabinet and shifted priorities, but it has some major unfinished business when it comes to child care.
January 12, 2007
Tired of government spin about health spending?
And that health care "spending clock” the BC government added to their Conversation on Health website? That was the last straw! Now British Columbians have a spending clock of our...
January 3, 2007