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Newsletters for 2020
Government issues province-wide policy for mask use in health facilities
The Ministry of Health is requiring all visitors and out-patients to wear medical-grade masks when visiting a health care facility including hospitals, long-term care facilities...
November 17, 2020
Contracted support service workers to elect bargaining committee in November/December
Contracted Support Service workers (CSSW) who work in housekeeping, dietary and retail services in health facilities are preparing for their next round of bargaining with private...
November 16, 2020
BC elects majority NDP government in campaign centered on health care
The Hospital Employees’ Union is extending its congratulations to the BC NDP and Premier-Elect John Horgan for the strong mandate they’ve received from B.C. voters this past...
October 26, 2020
Take time to learn about proposed changes to the Municipal Pension Plan
If you are one of the tens of thousands of HEU members in the Municipal Pension Plan (MPP), HEU is encouraging you to learn about important changes that are being proposed to the...
September 30, 2020
Improving fairness and equity for HEU members covered by the Municipal Pension Plan
Changes are coming to the Municipal Pension Plan that will improve post-retirement security for tens of thousands of HEU members. An agreement in principle has been reached to...
September 28, 2020
HEU’s Whiteside to seek election as MLA for New Westminster in October 24 vote
HEU secretary-business manager Jennifer Whiteside is seeking to represent New Westminster in the provincial legislature in B.C.’s upcoming election. The BC NDP announced this...
September 24, 2020
Public health care wins in legal challenge
The principles of universal public health care were upheld today in an important decision delivered by the Supreme Court of B.C. The decision comes as a result of the decade-long...
September 10, 2020
Contracted support services workers gear up for fall bargaining
With collective agreements for most contracted support services workers (CSSW) expiring at the end of September 2020, HEU members in this sector are preparing for bargaining. At...
August 17, 2020
Frequently Asked Questions on Pandemic Pay
On May 19, the B.C. Finance Minister Carole James announced that the province would provide 16 weeks of temporary pandemic pay for workers in health care, community social services...
July 21, 2020
HEU calls for systemic change to end racism and white supremacy
Black people in the U.S. are rising up against the police murder of George Floyd, against white supremacy and against systemic racism and police violence. We stand in solidarity...
May 31, 2020
B.C. government announces pandemic allowance for all health care and community social services workers
The B.C. government announced a pandemic payment today that will cover health care and community social services workers, as well as staff in correctional facilities. The temporary...
May 19, 2020
North Island Hospital housekeeping, waste management to be brought in-house
Housekeeping and waste management services currently delivered by Compass Canada (Crothall) at North Island Hospital sites in Comox and Campbell River will be brought under the...
May 13, 2020
New orders set out process for moving long-term care and assisted living workers to single sites
Two orders published Friday by the Provincial Health Office outline a plan to protect seniors and support workers through the transition to single site employment throughout the...
April 11, 2020
Provincial Health Officer issues new order limiting long-term care, assisted living workers to single site
Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced at her daily briefing Thursday that a new emergency order under the Public Health Act restricting workers in long-term care...
April 9, 2020
April 1 adjustments to facilities collective agreement
A number of negotiated premiums, differentials and wage adjustments in the 2019-2022 Facilities Bargaining Association (FBA) collective agreement kick in this month. All are...
April 1, 2020
HEU calls for safe work and fair pay
The Hospital Employees’ Union is repeating its call for safe working conditions and fair pay in response to a wage boost health employers and government have provided to nurses...
April 1, 2020
EXTENDED! Urgent deadline for health care workers as province moves towards single-site staffing to prevent COVID-19 spread
The Provincial Health Office is asking health care workers employed at more than one site to indicate their preferences should they be restricted to a single site as part of public...
March 27, 2020
Single-Site Directive: What You Need to Know
The Provincial Health Officer (PHO) Dr. Bonnie Henry has given health authority medical health officers (MHOs) emergency powers to restrict long-term care workers to a single site...
March 26, 2020
Provincial Health Officer issues emergency order restricting long-term care workers to a single site
B.C.’s Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry used her sweeping emergency powers under the Public Health Act to move towards restricting long-term care and assisted living...
March 26, 2020
Operational changes at HEU to support members
During the COVID-19 pandemic, health care workers are on the front lines to protect patients and workers. HEU has restructured its operations so that it can continue to provide...
March 25, 2020
Sweeping public health orders restrict long-term care workers to single site in effort to combat COVID-19 spread
Over the weekend, public health officials from the Vancouver Coastal and Fraser Health authorities issued orders requiring workers in long-term care to register whether they work...
March 23, 2020
Vancouver Coastal orders long-term care staff to work at single site only
This is a breaking development and information will be updated as available The Medical Health Officer in the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority has ordered all long-term care...
March 21, 2020
Help to fight racism in our workplaces and in our communities
Racist extremist groups that seek to fuel racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and intolerance are spreading around the world, including in Canada. In 2019 there were at...
March 19, 2020
COVID-19: HEU continues to take steps to safeguard members and the public
HEU continues to take steps to protect the health and safety of members and the public in the face of a global COVID-19 pandemic. The outbreak has now extended to a North Vancouver...
March 12, 2020
Fighting for a world of equality for women on International Women's Day
Let’s imagine a world where women have equal rights and opportunities. This is a world where women are paid equally for the work of their male counterparts, and where women and men...
March 5, 2020
Pink Shirt Day: practice kindness, zero tolerance for bullying and harassment
Headlines have been dominated by the rise in cyberbullying, where culprits hide behind the safety and anonymity of computer screens and cell phones. But workplace bullying and...
February 24, 2020