TUESDAY UPDATE: HEU supports CUPE Local 873 efforts to secure collective agreement with patient transfer contractor

This information was updated at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 2

Patient transfer services workers represented by CUPE Local 873 are taking job action in the Lower Mainland.

Support Picket
Wednesday, June 3
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Royal Columbian Hospital
330 E Columbia St.
New Westminster 


The key issues in the dispute are compensation and scheduling.

Transfer services impact more than 250 acute care, long-term care and community health sites across the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley.

Those sites include those run by health authorities, affiliates and many privately-operated sites.

If HEU members encounter a picket line they should not cross it.

However, the Labour Relations Board has placed several restrictions on picket lines.

Please read the following information carefully.

The Health Employers Association of B.C. made a “common site relief application” to the Labour Relations Board late Friday afternoon. The LRB met Sunday morning to consider the matter and subsequently issued an order restricting CUPE Local 873 pickets to Royal Columbian, Surrey Memorial, St. Paul’s and Vancouver General hospitals.

The LRB also restricted picketing to confined areas which do not block employee entrances.

As a result, HEU members should report for their shifts as scheduled.

The LRB also ordered that CUPE Local 873 provide 72 hours notice if intends to take strike action at sites other than Royal Columbian, Surrey Memorial, St. Paul’s and Vancouver General hospitals.

Please monitor the HEU website at www.heu.org for updates on this developing situation.

HEU locals should provide support to CUPE Local 873 pickets wherever possible. HEU members are encouraged to support the picket line before or after their shift.

CUPE 873-03 served strike notice to SN Transport last week after attempts to reach a first collective agreement failed. The union represents 115 workers who provide patient transfer services in the Lower Mainland.

SN Transport provides the services under contract to health authorities.

The 115 employees who work as patient transfer drivers at SN Transport, a private company, voted to join CUPE in July of last year. They have been bargaining their first contract since August, 2014.

This information current as at 6:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 2.