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Newsletters for 2019
B.C.’s largest health care union turns 75 with celebrations across province
For the past several weeks, the 50,000 members of the Hospital Employees’ Union have been holding local events to celebrate this milestone birthday for HEU – a union that has a...
October 11, 2019
Orange Shirt Day honours residential school survivors – September 30
HEU recognizes Orange Shirt Day: Every Child Matters to show solidarity with Canada’s Indigenous peoples and our commitment to reconciliation. Marked on September 30, Orange Shirt...
September 27, 2019
Deadline quickly approaching for HEU’s 75th anniversary cake contest
We all know that HEU “takes the cake”. And next month, we’re turning 75. So, it’s time to celebrate our strong, diverse and inclusive union. The union is encouraging locals to...
September 25, 2019
HEU women’s conference energizes, motivates and inspires activists
More than 100 HEU members gathered in Richmond this week to celebrate women activists and leaders at the union’s 2019 women’s conference. Under the theme Women to the Front: taking...
September 20, 2019
HEU’s Summer School builds solidarity, friendships and leadership skills
More than 200 HEU members and facilitators gathered last week for the union’s in-residence Summer School program at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. Under the theme...
June 24, 2019
The WCB system in B.C. is under review – have your say!
Did you or someone you know: • have difficulty with their workers' compensation claim? • have difficulty returning to work after a workplace injury? If so, you can share your view...
June 20, 2019
HEU celebrates National Indigenous Peoples Day
June 21 – National Indigenous Peoples Day – is a time to honour, celebrate and stand in solidarity with Indigenous peoples here and across Canada. The union’s Indigenous Peoples...
June 18, 2019
Independent Bargaining Conference delegates tackle challenges in seniors' care
Delegates from seniors’ care facilities across B.C. gathered May 29 to 31 for HEU’s third Independent Bargaining Conference for Seniors’ Care, under the banner “Quality Jobs for...
June 5, 2019
Show your HEU Pride at festivities in your community this summer
The month of June officially kicks off Pride festivities across the country. Canadians will be waving rainbow flags from coast-to-coast in a show of solidarity with the LGBTQ+...
May 24, 2019
HEU marks National Day of Mourning for workers killed, injured or disabled on the job – April 28
Every worker should be able to return home, at the end of the shift, healthy and safe. But the most recent statistics from the Association of Workers’ Compensation Boards of Canada...
April 28, 2019
NDP government extends mental disorder presumption to care aides and nurses
B.C.’s labour minister Harry Bains has announced that care aides and community health workers (who are registered with the BC Care Aide and Community Health Worker Registry and...
April 16, 2019
International Day of Pink celebrates diversity and raises awareness of homophobia and transphobia
On April 10 – International Day of Pink – HEU members are encouraged to wear an item of pink clothing as a symbol that we can each play a critical role in ending harassment and...
April 9, 2019
HEU equity conference delegates commit to building a stronger, more inclusive union
More than 160 HEU delegates and guests joined together in Vancouver this week for the union’s 2019 equity conference under the theme Making Space: Building a diverse, inclusive and...
March 28, 2019
There is no place for racism in our union or in our communities
On March 21, 1960, an atrocity sparked outrage around the world. Sixty-nine peaceful Black demonstrators were murdered by South African police. Out of this tragedy, the...
March 20, 2019
Community Social Services members key to building a healthier, stronger society
It’s March. It’s a time to honour and appreciate the invaluable contribution Community Social Services workers make to the lives of individuals, families and their communities in...
March 7, 2019
HEU renews commitment to equity and inclusion on International Women’s Day
On International Women’s Day (IWD), the words of feminist, politician and educator Rosemary Brown are especially inspiring. Brown was the first Black woman to be elected to a...
March 5, 2019
Pink Shirt Day: speaking out against workplace bullying and harassment
Gossiping. Name-calling. Yelling. Belittling. Isolating. These are all forms of workplace bullying. And no work site is immune to it. In health care – whether it’s between...
February 25, 2019
Path forward with Wet’suwet’en must respect established rights and obligations
The 49,000-member Hospital Employees’ Union is committed to the application of social justice principles in our workplaces and communities, and stands strongly opposed to the...
January 28, 2019