Health care workers at Laurel Place and Stanford Place join HEU
More than 400 health care workers at Laurel Place in Surrey and Stanford Place in
Parksville have voted to join the Hospital Employees’ Union
in the last week.
Judy Darcy, the
union’s secretary-business manager, says that the Laurel Place and Stanford Place employees are among the
growing number of workers from assisted living and residential care homes to
unionize with HEU.
“We welcome the workers from Laurel Place and Stanford Place,” says Darcy. “We
appreciate the trust that members place in the union to bring security and
stability to their work lives.”
Darcy says that health care workers in long-term care and
assisted living facilities not only provide care and support services to residents,
they also act as advocates for the seniors and their families.
There are 220 new HEU members at each site including
residential care aides, licensed practical nurses, registered nurses,
recreation workers and occupational therapists, and housekeeping, dietary,
laundry and clerical staff.
and Stanford Place
are among a number of private, for-profit residential care complexes in B.C.
belonging to the Ahmon Group. They were built under public-private partnership
deals with the Fraser and Vancouver Island
health authorities respectively. Both opened for business in 2008.
HEU also represents members who work at Fleetwood Place and Morgan Place, two other Ahmon Group
facilities in Surrey.