Union recognizes valuable contribution of members on Support Workers Day, August 24

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Tomorrow, HEU localsacross the province will take time to honour our support workers, with a seriesof events and activities to raise awareness about the crucial role they play onthe health care team.

As part of this third annual celebration, the HEU support workers subcommittee is also distributinga workload questionnaire to members in support services. Subcommittee co-chairsRhonda Bruce and John Evans areasking locals to email photos with a brief description of their Support Workers Day activities to <rbruce@heu.org>.

Who are supportworkers?

HEU’s support team plays a critical role in B.C.’s hospitalsand long-term care homes in work that spans everything from preparingnutritious meals and maintaining clean, sterile environments to transportingbiohazardous products, and handling a complex inventory of equipment andsupplies.

They work in more than 30 job classifications, includingfood service, logistics and stores supervisors; building security officers,inventory clerks, transportation and custodial attendants, dietary andnourishment aides; housekeeping, laundry and food service workers, cashiers,cook’s helpers, sewing machine operators, among others.

What do they do?

Support workers - who makes up about 13 per cent of theunion – clean and sanitize all areas of a facility, including operating rooms,intensive care units and special care nurseries adhering to infection controlprotocols in an era of pandemics and superbugs; receive and deliver allsupplies and equipment in a timely manner, ensure patients receive properdietary meals (i.e. renal diet, diabetic, low-sodium, etc. with a texturespecific to their medical conditions); launder and sterilize linens, gowns andstaff uniforms, and transport and dispose of toxic waste materials.

The support workers subcommittee can be reached at <supportworkers@heu.org>.