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Newsletters for 2017
Season’s greetings to all HEU members from the union’s leadership and staff
These past 12 months have been all-systems go at the Hospital Employees’ Union, which included an equity conference, a young workers’ conference and a fall school program, along wi...
December 21, 2017
Stand up for human rights on December 10
For nearly 70 years, Human Rights Day has been observed by the international community on December 10. It commemorates the United Nations (UN) General Assembly adoption in 1948 of...
December 10, 2017
Montreal Massacre highlights urgent action to end violence against women and girls
Almost three decades ago, Canadians were devastated by the biggest mass killing of women in our nation’s history. It was December 6, when a gunman entered l’École Polytechnique de...
December 6, 2017
HEU recognizes International Day for Persons with Disabilities – December 3
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...
December 3, 2017
Access to HIV testing and treatment key message on World AIDS Day 2017
For three decades, the global community has joined together on World AIDS Day – December 1 – to remember the millions of people who have died from the autoimmune disease, and to ur...
December 1, 2017
Interior Health rejects call to keep Royal Inland maintenance and trades staff in-house
The Interior Health Authority has issued a request for proposals (RFP) for the construction, financing and operation of a new patient care tower at Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloop...
November 30, 2017
HEU urges Pacific Blue Cross members to vote for progressive candidates at AGM
For details on how and where to vote on December 13, click here . HEU is urging all members who are enrolled in the Pacific Blue Cross benefits program to attend the company’s annu...
November 28, 2017
HEU contracted support service members ratify four-year agreements
Eighteen months of member actions and tough bargaining in the contracted support service workers (CSSW) sector has finally come to a successful conclusion for 4,000 HEU members. On...
November 28, 2017
HEU recognizes Transgender Day of Remembrance – November 20
On November 20, HEU is joining with the worldwide community on Transgender Day of Remembrance to recognize and honour members of the trans community, who have been murdered or assa...
November 20, 2017
Future union leaders gather for HEU Young Workers’ conference in Burnaby
About 30 HEU members have wrapped up the union’s two-day Young Workers’ Conference held at Metrotown’s Holiday Express Inn on November 15 and 16. They left feeling inspired, energi...
November 17, 2017
Many health and community social service workers to see modest additional wage adjustments linked to economic growth
Economic Stability Dividend (ESD) provisions that were included in collective agreements covering more than 250,000 public sector workers will provide an additional 0.4 per cent wa...
November 10, 2017
HEU calls for urgent action to address toxic working conditions at Nanaimo hospital
In the wake of a report detailing a working environment at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital that is rife with intimidation, bullying, and retaliation, HEU is calling for immediate...
November 10, 2017
What’s the extent of insecure, precarious work in the Community Social Services sector?
That’s what HEU, the Community Social Services Bargaining Association (CSSBA), and the Community Social Services Employers’ Association (CSSEA) want to find out. To gather this inf...
November 6, 2017
What HEU members need to know about the annual flu shot in British Columbia
With flu season upon us, it’s important for HEU members to familiarize themselves on workplace guidelines around flu shots and influenza outbreaks in order to protect themselves, t...
October 30, 2017
Building member power key theme of HEU fall school
More than 120 HEU activists from across the province gathered at the Anvil Centre in New Westminster this week for an energizing and inspiring fall school program. The weeklong ses...
October 20, 2017
HEU recognizes valuable care team on Health Care Assistant Day
October 18 is Health Care Assistant Day, and the Hospital Employees’ Union is marking the occasion with a continued call for higher staffing levels and safer working conditions for...
October 18, 2017
Union recognizes members’ vital contribution to health care on HEU Day – October 13
From its beginnings as a merger of separate women’s and men’s unions at Vancouver General Hospital during the Second World War, the Hospital Employees’ Union has expanded to become...
October 13, 2017
Residential school survivors remembered on Orange Shirt Day – September 30
On September 30, HEU will join with Canadians from coast to coast to recognize Orange Shirt Day: Every Child Matters. Members are encouraged to wear orange on that day in solidarit...
September 30, 2017
HEU condemns white supremacist violence and racist hate mongering
The Hospital Employees’ Union is joining its national union, the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), and its 650,000 members across Canada, in refusing to stay silent in the...
August 17, 2017
Members urged to stay safe as wildfire crisis continues, air quality plummets
As B.C.’s state of emergency remains in place due to the continuing wildfire crisis, the union is expressing its deep admiration and concern for all HEU members who are dealing wit...
August 4, 2017
HEU welcomes new members from Corrections Services
A recently negotiated Memorandum of Agreement between the union, the Facilities Bargaining Association, the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) and the Health Employers Ass...
August 1, 2017
Members urged to support striking Pacific Blue Cross workers
An ongoing labour dispute at Pacific Blue Cross has prompted CUPE Local 1816, the union representing locked out, unionized staff, to seek the support of HEU and its members. CUPE L...
July 31, 2017
HEU welcomes new premier’s picks to lead critical health files
Premier John Horgan announced his choices for his government’s cabinet on Tuesday, picking two of B.C.’s strongest public health care advocates to head the new government’s health...
July 21, 2017
HEU in solidarity with Pacific Blue Cross staff
The Hospital Employees’ Union is supporting members of CUPE Local 1816 in their collective bargaining dispute with Pacific Blue Cross (PBC) in Burnaby. Last month, PBC staff gave t...
July 14, 2017
HEU makes Red Cross donation to support Interior wildfire relief efforts
The Hospital Employees’ Union is making an immediate $25,000 donation to the Canadian Red Cross to help in relief efforts for thousands of British Columbians impacted by the Interi...
July 13, 2017
HEU commends members for supporting patients and residents during Interior wildfire crisis
The Hospital Employees’ Union is closely monitoring the Interior wildfires that led the provincial government to issue a state of emergency over the weekend, and is expressing its...
July 10, 2017
BC Libs a little late to the game in throne speech
In today’s throne speech – perhaps the last in their 16-year reign – the BC Liberal government tried to convince British Columbians that they would fix a health care system undermi...
June 22, 2017
HEU celebrates National Aboriginal Day on June 21
For more than two decades, Canadians have officially come together on June 21 – National Aboriginal Day – to celebrate the unique heritage, traditions and contributions First Natio...
June 21, 2017
HEU conference focuses on the struggle for equity and justice
Under the theme – Rising Together: Roots, Struggle, Strength – more than 120 HEU members gathered in Vancouver this week for the union’s 2017 Equity Conference. The union’s secreta...
June 2, 2017
HEU recognizes International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia & Biphobia
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...
May 17, 2017
Celebrating HEU nurses during National Nursing Week
Nurses are a critical part of the patient care team. In honour of National Nursing Week – May 8-14 – we salute all HEU nurses for the dedicated professionalism and extraordinary ca...
May 8, 2017
May 1 Day of Solidarity with HEU contracted support workers
On May 1 – International Workers’ Day – HEU is holding a Day of Solidarity to show the union’s support for the more than 4,000 contracted housekeeping and dietary staff who are cur...
May 1, 2017
HEU recognizes National Day of Mourning
On April 28, HEU is joining unions across Canada to mark National Day of Mourning, which remembers workers killed, injured or disabled at work, and reaffirms our commitment to hold...
April 28, 2017
Earth Day: there's much to celebrate, but also still much to do
Each year, HEU celebrates and highlights the importance of Earth Day, which has been marked since the 1970s. This Earth Day, there’s much to celebrate, but there’s also still much...
April 22, 2017
International Day of Pink celebrates diversity in workplaces, schools and communities – April 12
HEU’s membership – like many workplaces – has become increasingly diverse. And with that diversity, bullying has become a major concern in health care work settings. That’s why tom...
April 11, 2017
Access denied: New CCPA report documents impact of 15 years of privatization and underfunding on seniors’ care
More than 15 years of underfunding, privatization and fragmentation of seniors’ care has left many seniors and their families struggling to access health services, according to a n...
March 30, 2017
Sale of Retirement Concepts to Anbang approved by federal, provincial regulators
The sale of B.C.’s largest private chain of care homes to an offshore private equity firm has been approved by the federal government and provincial health authorities. All of Reti...
March 23, 2017
World Water Day - March 22
CUPE newsletter: CUPE marks World Water Day Public water and wastewater services are vital to our lives and are fundamental human rights. These services are the foundation of safe...
March 21, 2017
International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination – March 21
In recent months, the issue of race and racism has occupied media headlines here and in other parts of the world. Hate crimes, violence and racial profiling – based on religion and...
March 21, 2017
HEU members unite to celebrate International Women’s Day – March 8
Every March 8, HEU links hands with the global community to celebrate women’s achievements and advocate for women’s social, economic and political equality in our workplaces, at th...
March 8, 2017
HEU marks Pink Shirt Day to raise awareness about bullying and harassment – February 22
HEU members have participated in Pink Shirt Day, since its inception a decade ago, by wearing items of pink clothing. The day is part of a national solidarity protest against haras...
February 21, 2017
Stand in solidarity with Muslim communities
In the wake of the horrific mass shooting at the Quebec Islamic Cultural Centre in Quebec City on January 29, which left six dead, HEU is calling on members to join others across C...
February 2, 2017
February marks Black History Month
CUPE NATIONAL – As we celebrate February as Black History Month, HEU/CUPE would like to recognize the many union activists and community organizers of African descent, who continue...
February 1, 2017
HEU encourages participation at solidarity events supporting January 21 “Women’s March on Washington”
The Hospital Employees’ Union is urging members to support the “Women’s March on Washington” by attending solidarity rallies planned in various B.C. communities, and by voicing mes...
January 16, 2017