News releases for 2012

In the largest job actions undertaken since rotating strikes began two months ago, community social services (CSS) workers at more than 20 agencies rallied support for a fair deal... Read More
Workers at George Derby Centre, the veterans’ residential care facility in Burnaby, have had their lay-off notices rescinded after the George Derby Care Society board of directors... Read More
The Community Bargaining Association (CBA) has agreed to reconvene bargaining on January 7, 2013 in Vancouver. There will be no further job action over the holidays. Rotating job a... Read More
There will be no Community Social Services job action between December 17, 2012 and January 6, 2013. Details will be announced shortly regarding next week’s strike action on Vancou... Read More
Targeted strike actions by HEU and other unions in the Community Social Services Bargaining Association have been underway since October 16, in an effort to achieve a fair and reas... Read More
Note to HEU members: This is the statement to the media released earlier today by the Facilities Bargaining Association. Details of the tentative agreement will be posted to the we... Read More
About 40 community health workers – mostly HEU members – were behind picket lines today at Richmond Health Services (8100 Granville Avenue) as negotiations between the Community Ba... Read More
Our HEU bargaining team met with Sodexo on Nov. 19 and 20, as we continued negotiations for a new collective agreement. While progress was made, it was made very slowly according t... Read More
After a week back at the bargaining table, negotiations continue to move slowly as the multi-union Facilities Bargaining Association remains committed to achieving a fair, negotiat... Read More
More than 200 union members were impacted when about 60 community health workers set up picket lines at the Cranbrook Health Unit and Cranbrook Home Support, as limited job action... Read More
Buoyed by a 96 per cent strike mandate, the multi-union Facilities Bargaining Association will resume negotiations with health employers on Friday in continuing efforts to secure a... Read More
Health care workers have delivered a strong strike mandate to back their representatives in collective bargaining with B.C.'s health employers. Members of the 11-union Facilities B... Read More
The multi-union Facilities Bargaining Association will release the results of province-wide strike votes on Saturday, November 3 at 11 a.m. Hospital Employees' Union secretary-busi... Read More
The Community Bargaining Association (CBA) has reviewed the latest offer from the Health Employers Association of BC (HEABC), and has determined that there’s no reason to return to... Read More
Caring professionals from three agencies that support children and adults withdevelopmental disabilities and provide numerous other community social services will be on strike in C... Read More
Representing nearly 1,150 HEU housekeepers working for Aramark in the Fraser and Vancouver Coastal Health Authorities, your bargaining committee engaged in nine days of meetings wi... Read More
Negotiations for a new contract between HEU contracted support workers and Acciona got underway at the Royal Jubilee Hospital in late September. As part of the initial discussions... Read More
HEU members working at Community Living Victoria, Kardel Consulting Services and Crossroads Human Services in Victoria were on picket lines October 30 as part of a series of rotati... Read More
More than 90 health care workers will lose their jobs to contracting out at George Derby Centre in Burnaby.Read More
Rotating job actions are again underway this week in targeted community-based social services agencies, where workers are calling on government to provide the resources needed to i... Read More
Our HEU bargaining team recently began Sodexo negotiations, with two bargaining sessions on October 24 and 25. Members were present from every Sodexo certification our union repres... Read More
HEU members are turning out in record numbers to participate in province-wide strike votes that began Monday and continue for the next two weeks. Strike vote schedule Since last Fe... Read More
Summary High profile targeted strike actions by community social service workers took place in Vancouver, Kamloops and Prince George last week, with considerable public support and... Read More
The Community Bargaining Association (CBA) – representing 14,000 health care and administrative workers – met on October 18 to discuss next steps in trying to achieve a collective... Read More
Talks for a new Facilities collective agreement are on hold and the multi-union Facilities Bargaining Association (FBA) will be asking members for a strong strike mandate in votes... Read More
Negotiations for a new Facilities collective agreement will resume Friday after health employers committed to provide a comprehensive response to union proposals. The multi-union F... Read More
B.C.’s health employers are continuing to stall on providing any concrete responses to union proposals at negotiations for a new Facilities agreement covering 46,000 health care wo... Read More
The multi-union Facilities Bargaining Association is seeking a strike mandate from its 46,000 members to back their efforts to secure a fair and reasonable settlement in collective... Read More
Facilities negotiations resumed on Wednesday, but after three days there has been absolutely no progress on any outstanding issues. The multi-union Facilities Bargaining Associatio... Read More
Targeted job action in community social services will start next week, starting with a protest at Christy Clark’s constituency office in Vancouver on Tuesday, October 16 from 10:00... Read More
The multi-union Facilities Bargaining Association will meet October 10 with health employers to resume negotiations for a new collective agreement. The talks follow two weeks of me... Read More
Community health services and support workers across B.C., including HEU members in the sector, have voted 86 per cent in favour of job action after more than six months at the bar... Read More
In preparations for negotiations, HEU members representing contracted support services workers from the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island gathered from September 11 to 14 to endo... Read More
Strike action in Community Social Services is likely in the coming weeks, unless the government mandate regarding monetary issues changes significantly. On September 17 and 18, the... Read More
Polling released today by the Hospital Employees’ Union shows one out of three health care workers (33.6 per cent) report coming to work while experiencing cold or flu symptoms bec... Read More
Health care unions will be reviewing the status of negotiations for a new Facilities collective agreement with their memberships starting over the next couple of weeks. The move co... Read More
Negotiations for a new Facilities collective agreement resumed this week with health employers once again identifying benefits as one area where they want to cut costs in the contr... Read More
HEU’s Aramark bargaining team is getting ready to negotiate the latest contract with the American multinational food services corporation. The 13-person committee was elected by de... Read More
HEU’s Provincial Executive today approved strike votes for the union’s 1,500 community health workers, after talks to renew the Community Health collective agreement adjourned last... Read More
With a strong strike mandate backing members’ demands for a fair deal in General Services and Community Living Services, the Community Social Services Bargaining Association (CSSBA... Read More
HEU members are uniting for fairness as they prepare for bargaining this September. On June 12, 13 and 14, over 75 HEU delegates representing all contracted workers employed by the... Read More
Talks for a new Facilities collective agreement covering 46,000 health care workers will resume in September. The multi-union Facilities Bargaining Association has now tabled its e... Read More
Community social services workers around the province have voted overwhelmingly in favour of job action to back their bargaining demands. Members in General Services voted 85 per c... Read More
Negotiations for a renewed Facilities collective agreement resumed this past Wednesday for the first time since late May. Like most major sets of negotiations in the public sector,... Read More
The Community Bargaining Association (CBA) and the Health Employers’ Association of British Columbia (HEABC) continued negotiations for the renewal of the Community Health collecti... Read More
The provincial government has given community social services workers another strong motivation to attend strike vote meetings being held around B.C. Inflation is driving up the co... Read More
Three weeks of negotiations for the renewal of the community health collective agreement covering 14,000 health care and administrative workers concluded on Saturday in Vancouver.... Read More
Talks between the Community Bargaining Association (CBA) and the Health Employers’ Association of British Columbia (HEABC) continued this week in hopes of concluding a new contract... Read More
HEU members working in Community Social Services are continuing to participate at multi-union information and strike vote meetings (see schedule below) currently being held across... Read More
Talks broke down yesterday between the provincial government, employers, and the multi-union Community Social Services Bargaining Association (CSSBA), which includes HEU and nine o... Read More
Six days of negotiations for a new collective agreement covering 46,000 health care workers in the Facilities subsector have been scheduled beginning on July 18. Negotiations began... Read More
The Community Bargaining Association (CBA) met last week and over the weekend in Vancouver to exchange and discuss proposals with the Health Employers’ Association of British Colum... Read More
Talks covering 46,000 health care workers are tentatively scheduled to resume in mid-June. This past week, negotiators for the Health Employers Association of B.C. put forward more... Read More
The multi-union bargaining committee presented its monetary proposals to the employer during the latest week of bargaining, including wage and benefit demands and all proposals rel... Read More
At the Facilities table, negotiations for a new contract covering 46,000 health care workers have wrapped up for the long weekend and will resume on Wednesday next week. Progress c... Read More
After a scheduled two-week break, negotiations for a new Facilities Collective Agreement have entered their fourth month. The multi-union Facilities Bargaining Association says tha... Read More
Community Social Services bargaining resumed for the week of April 30, with limited progress. Your bargaining committee – the Community Social Services Bargaining Association (CSSB... Read More
After three weeks of talks, the Community Bargaining Association (CBA) and the Health Employers’ Association of British Columbia (HEABC) have adjourned until May 28. During negotia... Read More
The Hospital Employees’ Union is raising the alarm about Lower Mainland health authorities’ plan to completely contract out in-house medical transcription even though costs for lim... Read More
The Community Bargaining Association (CBA) met this week in Vancouver for four days to exchange and discuss proposals with the Health Employers’ Association of British Columbia (HE... Read More
Following a month-long break, your bargaining committee – the Community Social Services Bargaining Association (CSSBA) – returned to the negotiating table on April 16 for four days... Read More
The Community Bargaining Association (CBA) resumed talks this week in Vancouver exchanging and discussing proposals for four days with the Health Employers Association of British C... Read More
Negotiations for a new contract covering 43,000 health care workers continued this past week with detailed discussions on a number of non-monetary issues that have been tabled over... Read More
The Community Bargaining Association (CBA) met again last week in Vancouver and exchanged and discussed proposals for three days with the Health Employers Association of British Co... Read More
Negotiations for a renewed Facilities collective agreement picked up this past week as health unions tabled a substantial number of non-monetary proposals. And although the collect... Read More
The Hospital Employees’ Union says a plan by Lower Mainland health authorities to contract out all medical transcription services threatens to put the confidentiality and accuracy... Read More
The Community Social Services Bargaining Association (CSSBA) and the Community Social Services Employers’ Association (CSSEA) exchanged their opening proposals during the first rou... Read More
Health unions continue to be frustrated with B.C.’s health employers who are unable to engage in concrete negotiations for a new collective agreement for 46,000 health care workers... Read More
B.C.’s health employers made it clear at the bargaining table this week that they want to limit employment mobility for regular employees and expand the use of casuals in the workp... Read More
The Community Bargaining Association (CBA) met with HEABC over the past two weeks to exchange and discuss a number of proposals. So far, the multi-union bargaining association has... Read More
Arbitrator Vince Ready has ruled that community social service workers are able to access sick leave for additional hours of work lost to illness. Three conditions must be met for... Read More
During week one of negotiations in the community social services sector, the unions’ bargaining team and the employer reached agreement on a bargaining protocol. The protocol deter... Read More
After three weeks of negotiations, unions representing 46,000 health care workers are expressing frustration over health employers’ unwillingness to make any substantial progress a... Read More
The Hospital Employees’ Union says that B.C.’s annual hospital housekeeping audits fail to provide health care decision-makers and the public with a complete picture of the state o... Read More
Community social services workers are passionate about the people they support and the community-based services they provide. That’s why your bargaining team is asking members to w... Read More
B.C. CEDAW Group/Lawyers' Rights Watch Canada (Vancouver): Canada and British Columbia are failing to deal with the human rights crisis of disappearances and murders of Aboriginal... Read More
B.C.’s largest health care union says today’s provincial budget represents a lost opportunity to make strategic investments in seniors’ care and in the health of its citizens. The... Read More
After two weeks of slow-going negotiations, unions representing 46,000 health care workers say that B.C.’s health employers need to pick up the pace when talks continue next week.... Read More
Vancouver Island LPN Carol Bathgate has been elected to chair the Facilities Sector Bargaining Committee. Bathgate is one of ten HEU members that were elected to the committee by d... Read More
B.C.’s largest health care union says the establishment of a seniors’ advocate, announced today by the provincial health minister, is long overdue and will improve quality of care... Read More
Unions in the Community Bargaining Association (CBA) are disappointed by the pace of talks so far with the Health Employers Association of BC (HEABC) after a second week of negotia... Read More
Negotiations between the multi-union Facilities Bargaining Association and B.C.’s health employers for a new collective agreement covering 46,000 health care workers got underway t... Read More
The Hospital Employees’ Union is demanding the immediate reinstatement of one of its members who has been suspended without pay for speaking on behalf of the union at a January 19... Read More
[BURNABY] Unions representing 46,000 B.C. health care workers will sit down with employers and government to begin negotiations for a new collective agreement on Tuesday. The Hospi... Read More
[BURNABY] Unions representing 46,000 B.C. health care workers will sit down with employers and government to begin negotiations for a new collective agreement on Tuesday. The Hospi... Read More
B.C.’s Community Social Services workers will return to the bargaining table the week of February 27 – a month before their current collective agreement expires on March 31, 2012.... Read More
The Community Bargaining Association (CBA) – an association of unions, including HEU, that’s led by the BC Government and Service Employees’ Union – met this week to begin prelimin... Read More
The owner of Acacia Ty Mawr Lodge intends to contract out all the jobs at the Shawnigan Lake seniors’ residential facility, putting more than 30 directly-employed care aides, recre... Read More
Unions representing 46,000 B.C. health care workers say they’re seeking a fair and reasonable settlement that protects and improves care delivery when they head to the bargaining t... Read More
A nursing home operator in Nanaimo is bringing in the New Year by issuing lay-off notices to more than 150 local health care workers. Mississauga-based Chartwell Seniors’ Housing R... Read More