Newsletters for 2017

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...Read More
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...Read More
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...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
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...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 0.4 per cent wa...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
A recently negotiated Memorandum of Agreement between the union, the Facilities Bargaining Association, the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) and the Health Employers Ass...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...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 – May 8-14 – we salute all HEU nurses for the dedicated professionalism and extraordinary ca...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More