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Newsletters for 2012
Two-year contract ratified for health care workers in the facilities subsector
Health care workers have voted 91 per cent in favour of a two-year contract that provides job security protections, a general wage increase, and maintains benefits. Facilities...
December 21, 2012
Implementation of Family Day 2013 for facilities subsector members
The Facilities Bargaining Association (FBA) and the Health Employers Association of BC (HEABC) have reached agreement on the implementation of the new statutory holiday – Family...
December 20, 2012
Seasonal closure for HEU offices
The HEU Provincial and Regional offices will be closed during the upcoming holiday season. All of our offices will be closed on December 25, 26, 27, 28, 31, 2012 and January 1,...
December 20, 2012
HEU’s Living Wage Tree of Hope spreads anti-poverty message
Despite a snowstorm sweeping across the Lower Mainland, HEU’s second annual “live” Living Wage Tree of Hope delivered festive messages to Burnaby and Royal Columbian hospitals on...
December 19, 2012
HEU “live” Living Wage Tree of Hope to visit four local hospitals
The “live” Living Wage Tree of Hope will tour four hospital sites in the lead up to the festive season to raise awareness about the Hospital Employees’ Union’s anti-poverty...
December 14, 2012
HEU secures two new Pharmacy Technician Supervisor benchmarks
On December 6, the Hospital Employees’ Union and the Health Employers Association of BC (HEABC) signed an agreement on the content and wage grids for two new Pharmacy Technician...
December 11, 2012
HEU member update on Influenza Immunization policy
Since reaching agreement on November 30 with the Health Employers Association of BC (HEABC) to put a one-year moratorium on health care workers being disciplined for refusing to...
December 7, 2012
HEU observes Human Rights Day – December 10
In recognizing the diversity of our membership, HEU has been a pioneer in human rights advocacy in the labour movement – provincially, nationally and globally. That’s why the union...
December 7, 2012
HEU supports health science professionals as they begin job action to reach a fair and reasonable contract
There will be no picket lines as health science professionals –members of the Health Sciences Association (HSA) – begin job action around the province this week to back their...
December 3, 2012
Recognizing International Day for Persons with Disabilities – December 3
Today, people around the globe are recognizing the International Day for Persons with Disabilities – a day that was established by the United Nations to create awareness,...
December 3, 2012
HEU negotiates one-year moratorium on disciplinary threats in mandatory flu vaccination policy for health care workers
Tomorrow, a controversial, province-wide Influenza Control Program Policy – Wearing Masks was to be implemented, calling on all health care workers to declare whether or not they...
November 30, 2012
New study shows British Columbians support tax increases for corporations, high income earners
A new research study by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives shows the public is ahead of political leaders when it comes to tax policy. It finds most British Columbians...
November 29, 2012
“Getting to Zero” campaign launched on World AIDS Day – December 1
The theme of this year’s World AIDS Day – December 1 – is Getting to Zero: zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination, zero AIDS-related deaths . It’s part of a five-year World...
November 29, 2012
George Derby contracting out declared ‘on hold’
More than 200 health care workers, veterans and family members, politicians and supporters from the community at-large learned that contracting out was on hold at a rally at George...
November 25, 2012
Day Five: Sinclair salutes HEU, Oceanside recognized for fightback efforts
On the final day of HEU's 28th biennial convention at Vancouver's Hyatt Regency Hotel, delegates spent most of the plenary debating and voting on constitutional amendments and...
November 9, 2012
Day Four: Provincial Executive elections continue; delegates hear equity message
Convention delegates took much of Thursday to meet in regional caucuses to elect the rest of the Provincial Executive for the 2012-2014 term. Twelve regional vice-presidents were...
November 9, 2012
Day Three: Elkins elected HEU president, Bernardo re-elected financial secretary
Convention delegates elected Victor Elkins, a cardiac perfusion assistant from the PHSA Amalgamated Local, as the union’s new president for the 2012 – 2014 term. Elkins...
November 8, 2012
Day Two: Delegates inspired to build their union and act for global justice
At the second day of HEU's convention, more than 640 delegates heard from their secretary-business manager and president on the state of the union, and delegates continued their...
November 7, 2012
Convention gets underway with messages of solidarity and a vision for the future
More than 630 HEU delegates gathered at Vancouver’s Hyatt Regency Hotel Monday to kickstart the union’s weeklong 28th biennial convention. On Day One, delegates unanimously adopted...
November 6, 2012
Rally for health care Wednesday in Vancouver
It’s time for a fair and reasonable deal. Speakers: Jim Sinclair & Irene Lanzinger, BC Federation of Labour Darryl Walker, President, BCGEU Bonnie Pearson, Secretary-Business...
November 5, 2012
Draft LPN regulation could negatively impact staffing mix and utilization
Late last week, the B.C.
October 25, 2012
Care aides and community health workers press for action on standards and staffing
by Bonnie Pearson October 18th is Health Care Assistant Day — a time to recognize the dedicated care aides and community health workers who provide tens of thousands of British...
October 18, 2012
HEU Clerical Team Appreciation Day puts behind-the-scenes workers in the spotlight
They are often behind the scenes performing “invisible” jobs, but nearly 10,000 members of HEU’s clerical team provide a key role in the delivery of quality health care to British...
October 11, 2012
A message to LPNs about raid vote results
BC's Labour Relations Board today reported the results of LPN union representation votes held this past June. LPNs in five regional health authorities and Providence Health Care...
October 5, 2012
LRB releases results of LPN raid votes
LPNs in five regional health authorities and in Providence Health Care have voted to join the BC Nurses’ Union. The results of a June union representation vote among LPNs were...
October 5, 2012
LPN balloting results to be announced Friday, Oct. 5
The Labour Relations Board (LRB) begins a two-day process starting Oct. 4 to count ballots in the BCNU raid on LPNs employed by five health authorities (VCHA, FHA, VIHA, IHA and...
October 4, 2012
HEU Provincial Executive endorses Sinclair and Lanzinger for re-election as B.C. Fed’s full-time officers
The Provincial Executive of the Hospital Employees’ Union has unanimously endorsed B.C. Federation of Labour president Jim Sinclair and secretary-treasurer Irene Lanzinger for re...
September 6, 2012
Updated: HEU supports September 5 strike by government, ICBC workers
The Hospital Employees' Union will be supporting striking government and ICBC workers on September 5. That's when 30,000 members of the B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union...
August 31, 2012
HEU statement on new flu vaccine policy
The provincial government and B.C.’s health authorities are implementing a new flu vaccine policy requiring health care workers to wear masks for the entire flu season if they do...
August 24, 2012
August 22 is Support Workers' Day: Check out our photo gallery
On Wednesday, August 22, HEU is recognizing the important role that support workers play in health care workplaces and within the union. CHECK OUT OUR SUPPORT WORKERS' DAY PHOTO...
August 21, 2012
BCNU publishes false statements
On August 14, BCNU published false statements on its websites that misrepresent the position of HEU, the labour movement – and even the BCNU – on important issues related to BCNU’s...
August 15, 2012
Town hall reveals gaps in FHA decision to close Chilliwack General rehab unit
More than 80 people turned out to oppose the closure of Chilliwack General Hospital’s sub-acute rehabilitation unit at a town hall meeting organized by NDP MLA Gwen O-Mahoney this...
August 1, 2012
HEU signs Pharmacy Tech deal with Northern Health
HEU has signed an agreement to support Pharmacy Technician members in the Northern Health Authority who want to convert to the new higher paid regulated role.
August 1, 2012
Selkirk Place employees join HEU
Health care workers at a major seniors’ care facility in Victoria voted Monday to join the Hospital Employees’ Union. HEU now represents more than 300 workers at Selkirk Place...
July 25, 2012
Joint Community Health Retraining Fund now easier to access
The Joint Community Health Retraining Fund has updated application forms making it easier for members working in the community health sector to obtain funding to upgrade skills in...
July 19, 2012
Public health care advocates call on Premier Clark to commit to renegotiated federal-provincial health accord
BC-Health Coalition news release: The BC Health Coalition, Canadian Doctors for Medicare and the Council of Canadians are urging Premier Clark to work with her provincial...
July 17, 2012
Apply now for Community Social Services education funds
The Joint Community Social Services Labour Adjustment and Education Fund (L.A.E.F.) is now accepting applications from members working in the community social services sector....
July 17, 2012
Improving care for seniors will improve health care for everyone - CCPA-BC report
CCPA-BC news release: The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives in BC has released a new report, Caring for BC’s Aging Population , that continues to recommend concrete steps in...
July 16, 2012
HEU achieves significant wage boost for regulated pharmacy techs
A new benchmark and wage rate has been secured for regulated pharmacy techs through an arbitrated award under the Facilities collective agreement. As a result, regulated pharmacy...
June 28, 2012
LPN representation vote wraps up June 25
Votes resulting from BCNU’s raid on LPNs wrapped up June 25, although B.C.’s Employment Standards Branch will continue to receive post-marked ballots until July 3. LPNs have been...
June 25, 2012
HEU celebrates National Aboriginal Day – June 21
Today marks the day where Canadians come together to celebrate the traditional cultures, unique heritage and contributions First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples bring to our...
June 21, 2012
Eligible LPNs who have not received a ballot can vote at Employment Standards Branch offices across B.C. starting June 21
The Employment Standards Branch of the Ministry of Labour announced June 20 that eligible LPNs who are missing a ballot for the current representation vote can obtain one by...
June 20, 2012
Independent bargaining conference energizes union’s support workers
About 75 support services members – representing Compass, Aramark, Sodexo, Acciona and Marquise – gathered at the Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel in Richmond for the Health...
June 15, 2012
Take action for refugee health care in Vancouver on June 18
A cross-country day of action on Monday, June 18 takes aim at the Harper Conservative government’s plan to drastically cut health care for refugees at the end of the month. The...
June 15, 2012
Representation vote in Fort St. John unites members in HEU
Members of the British Columbia Nurses Union (BCNU) at North Peace Care Centre have joined with HEU members from Fort St. John Hospital in making HEU their union of choice at the...
June 9, 2012
HEU December 6 poster wins top national award
The Canadian Association of Labour Media (CALM) has chosen an HEU design as Best Poster for 2011. The poster marks the December 6 Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against...
May 27, 2012
Joint trades & maintenance project focuses on training, manuals, and work opportunities
The joint trades & maintenance project of the multi-union Facilities Bargaining Association recently met to discuss how health employers can lower costs, increase productivity, and...
May 22, 2012
HEU celebrates International Day Against Homophobia – May 17
Now in its 10 th year, the International Day Against Homophobia – celebrated May 17 across the globe – is a date that HEU members have recognized since 2005 when the union’s Pink...
May 17, 2012
Labour Relations Board orders LPN representation vote
On Wednesday, May 9, B.C.’s Labour Relations Board ruled that BCNU’s raid applications can proceed, and has ordered a representation vote for LPNs. At some time over the next few...
May 9, 2012
New living wage rate for Metro Vancouver increases by 33 cents an hour
This week, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) released a new report Working for a Living Wage 2012 , which revises the calculated living wage rate in Metro...
April 27, 2012
April 28 is the National Day of Mourning
April 28 is the National Day of Mourning for Workers who have been injured or died on the job. Workplace tragedies are much on the minds of British Columbians these days. Earlier...
April 26, 2012
HEU urges members to mark Earth Day on April 22
HEU and its Environment Committee encourge all locals and members to take part in an Earth Day action this year.
April 19, 2012
Deadline for HEU clerical subcommittee “Fredrica” contest: April 30
The union’s clerical subcommittee recently launched a new contest to give clerical members a voice in selecting their updated mascot. The deadline is quickly approaching – April 30...
April 18, 2012
HEU clerical subcommittee contest: enter for chance to win an e-reader
The union’s clerical subcommittee has just launched a new contest to give clerical members a voice in selecting their updated mascot. Created nearly six years ago – stemming from...
March 29, 2012
World Water Day: Solidarity and action, locally and globally
CUPE newsletter: Today is World Water Day – a day to celebrate our victories protecting public water and to mobilize for the challenges we face in 2012. CUPE members have been...
March 22, 2012
HEU joins massive Victoria rally in support of teachers
Strong support for teachers and collective bargaining rights was obvious as 10,000 people – including HEU members – marched to the provincial legislature in Victoria on March 6 to...
March 8, 2012
International Women's Day
Every year on March 8, women around the world celebrate International Women’s Day. Depending on where you live and what the issues of the time are, women utilize International...
March 8, 2012
New: Vancouver Art Gallery Wednesday: -- BC unions to protest Bill 22
NEW: Vancouver Rally for Public Education Wednesday, March 7th Vancouver Art Gallery 2:00 p.m.
March 3, 2012
TV Ad: Our team is focused on your care
[video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SCPjnA3koTo=player_embedded width:640] HEU members work in every area of health care, providing care and support to patients and residents...
March 1, 2012
HEU members mark Pink Shirt Day across the province
HEU members across B.C. are wearing pink today (February 29) to raise awareness about the harmful impact of violence, harassment and bullying in the workplace. The reality of...
February 29, 2012
BC Fed officers respond to government back-to-work legislation
Today the BC Liberal Government has introduced Bill 22, imposing 2 years of no wage increases and seeking significant concession from teachers regarding learning conditions and...
February 28, 2012
LRB issues report on BCNU raid
On Tuesday, B.C.’s Labour Relations Board reported that BCNU has signed enough cards to trigger votes for LPNs who work directly for five health authorities (VIHA, FHA, VCHA, IHA...
February 28, 2012
Government must respect bargaining and treat teachers fairly
On Thursday, February 23, Education Minister George Abbott announced he was instructing his staff to unilaterally draft legislation that would impose a contract on BC’s teachers....
February 27, 2012
Rallies in Nanaimo, Shawnigan Lake support health workers faced with contracting out
HEU health care workers at Malaspina Gardens in Nanaimo and Acacia Ty Mawr Lodge in Shawnigan Lake battled back against contracting out with rallies that drew supportive crowds to...
February 8, 2012
Municipal Pension Plan seminar series continues with Burnaby and Penticton sessions
HEU’s Pension Committee is organizing a series of information seminars with staff from the union and the Pension Corporation, who administer the Municipal Pension Plan (MPP). The...
February 2, 2012
The Remaining Light viewed by packed audience in Parksville
About 150 Parksville and area residents joined with HEU members on January 19 to view the documentary film, “The Remaining Light,” and talk about the impact of contract rollbacks...
January 26, 2012
Burns Lake HEU members called to action as community responds to tragedy
About two dozen HEU members at Lake District Hospital and Health Centre in Burns Lake were called into urgent action last Friday night when a devastating explosion ripped through...
January 25, 2012
HEU marks Patient Care Technical Day January 25
On Wednesday, Hospital Employees’ Union locals across British Columbia celebrate the valuable contributions made every day by HEU’s patient care technical workers to their health...
January 24, 2012
Improving the public health system means improving seniors' care
HEU representatives were in Victoria this past weekend as part of a federal NDP roundtable discussion with health policy experts and Medicare advocates. The roundtable was timed to...
January 16, 2012
Premiers must focus on strategies that will strengthen public health care
CUPE newsletter: CUPE urges all premiers, currently at the Council of the Federation meeting in Victoria, to agree on strategies to protect and strengthen public health care....
January 16, 2012
New Year brings hopes and challenges
Taken from the current issue of the Guardian , i n members' mailboxes this month. 2012 will be an important year for HEU members. We will see a year dominated by collective...
January 13, 2012
Municipal Pension Plan seminar series kicks off January 12 in Lower Mainland
HEU’s Pension Committee is organizing a series of information seminars with staff from the union and the Pension Corporation, who administer the Municipal Pension Plan (MPP).
January 4, 2012