Newsletters for 2016

HEU financial secretary Donisa Bernardo, president Victor Elkins and secretary-business manager Jennifer Whiteside send holiday solidarity greetings There’s no doubt 2016 has been...Read More
The Public Service Agency has calculated the Economic Stability Dividend (ESD) for 2017, which will amount to an increase of 0.35 per cent on hourly wage rates, effective the first...Read More
The Public Service Agency has calculated the Economic Stability Dividend (ESD) for 2017, which will amount to an increase of 0.35 per cent on hourly wage rates, effective the first...Read More
Economic Stability Dividend (ESD) provisions that were included in collective agreements covering more than 250,000 public sector workers will provide an additional 0.35 per cent w...Read More
Since 1950 – when the United Nations declared December 10 as International Human Rights Day – activists around the globe use this day as a reminder of the immense work still requir...Read More
More than 25 year ago, Canadians were devastated by the biggest mass killing of women in our nation’s history. It was December 6, when a lone gunman entered l’École Polytechnique d...Read More
Today, people around the world are recognizing the International Day for Persons with Disabilities – a day that was established by the United Nations (UN) to create awareness, unde...Read More
Last week, B.C. arbitrator Irene Holden ruled in favour of the Hospital Employees’ Union in a policy grievance the union filed against a private care provider, citing collective ag...Read More
World AIDS Day on December 1 is an opportunity for nations to review international statistics, current issues and trends, rates of infection, innovative treatments, research fundin...Read More
In the wake of media reports this week about a planned takeover of Retirement Concepts by the Chinese insurance company Anbang, the Hospital Employees’ Union is opposing the sale a...Read More
Since 2011, the Hospital Employees’ Union has negotiated agreements with the Fraser Health Authority facilitating the education and training of Pharmacy Assistants to transition as...Read More
Following 20 months of discussions between the Hospital Employees’ Union, St. Joseph’s General Hospital and Island Health, agreements were reached on November 18 that will protect...Read More
Transgender Day of Remembrance is observed on November 20 to recognize and honour members of the trans community, who have been murdered or assaulted for expressing their gender ch...Read More
Supreme Court of Canada Canada’s highest court has ruled that the B.C. government violated the constitutional right of teachers to negotiate class size and composition, overturning...Read More
HEU says a change to the care aide registry proposed by the B.C. Ministry of Health could lead to added costs for care aides, while ignoring the challenging caring conditions that...Read More
Joan Phillip and Grand Chief Stewart Phillip We can’t sit back and allow another Liberal government to be elected in B.C. That was the message from Friday morning’s keynote speaker...Read More
BC NDP Leader John Horgan addresses HEU convention HEU delegates gave a warm and rowdy welcome to BC NDP Leader John Horgan late Thursday afternoon. And as Horgan sketched out his...Read More
HEU delegates at 30th biennial convention At the union’s last convention, delegates passed a resolution to change the order in which the Provincial Executive (P.E.) elections take...Read More
HEU's secretary-business manager, Jennifer Whiteside's inaugural speech to convention delegates In her inaugural speech to convention as HEU’s secretary-business manager, Jennifer...Read More
HEU’s 30 th biennial convention kicked off Monday morning at Vancouver’s Hyatt Regency Hotel, as more than 600 delegates raised their voices in song – and joined in a rousing music...Read More
With 46,000 members working in all areas of the health care system – acute care hospitals, residential care facilities, community group homes, outpatient clinics and medical labs,...Read More
Today, September 30, HEU will join with Canadians from coast to coast to recognize Orange Shirt Day: Every Child Matters. September 30 is a day to remember the atrocious treatment...Read More
As the union gears up for its 30 th Biennial Convention, held this fall at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver, there’s an opportunity for HEU members to nominate their colleagues for spec...Read More
MoveUP will be holding information demonstrations on Wednesday and Thursday this week in support of striking workers employed by the BC Nurses. Please note that this will not preve...Read More
In the last round of bargaining, the Community Bargaining Association (CBA) and the Health Employers Association of BC (HEABC) negotiated a “comparability increase” for certain cla...Read More
On Tuesday, Canada Post issued 72-hour lockout notice to 50,000 members of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW). A lockout could threaten mail service across Canada as early...Read More
HEU’s 30 th Biennial Convention – Member voices. Union power. United for action – will be taking place at Vancouver’s Hyatt Regency Hotel from October 30 to November 4, and critica...Read More
CUPE NATIONAL – The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) is welcoming an agreement by the federal, provincial and territorial governments for a modest expansion of the Canada...Read More
June 21 marks the 20th year Canadians have officially come together to celebrate the unique heritage, traditions and contributions First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples bring to o...Read More
A B.C. arbitrator has found Park Place Seniors Living guilty of committing an unfair labour practice when it decided to contract out the entire workforce at New Horizons Care Centr...Read More
About 200 HEU activists gathered at the University of British Columbia last week for the union’s in-residence summer school program.Read More
The Hospital Employees’ Union is offering its support and solidarity to those impacted by the devastating wildfires in the Fort McMurray region of Alberta. The scale of the evacuat...Read More
Since 2005, HEU’s Pink Triangle Standing Committee has recognized the International Day Against Homophobia – May 17 – as part of its member and community outreach. May 17 is an opp...Read More
Nurses are a critical part of the patient care team. In honour of National Nursing Week, we salute all HEU nurses for the dedicated professionalism and extraordinary caring they br...Read More
CUPE NATIONAL - Every year, workers around the world celebrate International Workers’ Day on May 1. CUPE and HEU recognize this day in solidarity with millions of workers around th...Read More
On April 28, HEU is joining with unions across the country to mark Canada’s National Day of Mourning, which remembers and honours workers killed, injured or disabled on the job, an...Read More
On April 20, the Municipal Pension Plan (MPP) announced changes to group benefits for retired members of the plan. These changes will come into effect on January 1, 2017. For more...Read More
Earlier this year, the Community Social Services Bargaining Association (CSSBA) reached a memorandum of agreement with the employers’ association, which could allow members in the...Read More
On March 3, the Labour Relations Board-appointed arbitrator Vince Ready made several key rulings that will help narrow the wage gap between the majority of 14,000 health care worke...Read More
On April 13 – International Day of Pink – wear a pink shirt to remember that positive actions make a difference and each one of us can make positive change to end homophobic and tr...Read More
Several HEU members representing the Gitxsan, Skidegate (Haida), Nisga’a and Stz’uminus nations recently joined together from across the province for the union’s second First Natio...Read More
HEU has donated $5,000 to Oxfam-Canada to support relief efforts in Fiji in the aftermath of Cyclone Winston. Oxfam has been working to improve the quality of life for those displa...Read More
After a week of sustained pressure to act on the growing crisis in seniors care, B.C. Health Minister Terry Lake has ordered a review of staffing guidelines in the province’s resid...Read More
On March 21, 1960, white South African police fired more than 700 shots at peaceful black demonstrators, who were protesting discriminatory “pass laws” in the Sharpeville Township...Read More
More than 130 members working in housekeeping, dietary services and retail food gathered at the Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel in Richmond from March 14 to 16 to take part in HEU...Read More
Every March 8, HEU joins hands with the global community to celebrate women’s achievements and advocate for women’s social, economic and political equality. International Women’s D...Read More
About 1,600 HEU members employed by Health Shared Services BC (HSSBC) will be transferring to a newly-established organization – BC Clinical and Support Services Society (BCSSS) –...Read More
HEU members have participated in Pink Shirt Day, since its inception nearly a decade ago, by wearing items of pink clothing as part of a national solidarity protest against harassm...Read More
HEU is welcoming the first annual monitoring report from the province’s Seniors Advocate, Isobel Mackenzie, which provides comprehensive data on services delivered to seniors betwe...Read More
As the B.C. health services division of CUPE National, the Hospital Employees’ Union is encouraging members to take part in a new Canadian research survey that will examine the hea...Read More
HEU secretary-business manager Jennifer Whiteside and president Victor Elkins joined leaders from public health care organizations, trade unions and other community groups for a sp...Read More
Hospital cleaning staff employed by the British multinational Compass Group in the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority and Providence Health Care have voted overwhelmingly to join t...Read More