Newsletters for 2007

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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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.Read More
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...Read More
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’...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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....Read More
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 (...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
Photo: Vancouver Public Library workers on the line.Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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.Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
Photo: HEU's Judy Darcy at Campbell River forum.Read More
(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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read 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...Read More
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...Read More
Printer Friendly Version The BC Supreme Court today issued a decision related to the charter implications of union protests held on January 28, 2003.Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
Printer Friendly Version British Columbians expect the provincial government to properly fund health care and show leadership in implementing solutions addressing surgery waits and...Read More
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...Read More
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....Read More
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...Read More
The Conservative government has shuffled its cabinet and shifted priorities, but it has some major unfinished business when it comes to child care.Read More
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...Read More