News releases for 2013

HEU members working for Marquise Facilities at seven sites on Vancouver Island have voted 61 per cent in favour of a new four-year collective agreement. They join thousands of memb... Read More
The Community Health Bargaining Association (CBA) has reached a tentative, five-year contract for more than 15,000 community health workers across the province, including 1,500 HEU... Read More
The multi-union Community Social Services Bargaining Association (CSSBA) has reached a tentative agreement with the Community Social Services Employers’ Association (CSSEA) for the... Read More
HEU members working for Compass Group at Provincial Health Services Authority sites turned out in force to vote 78 per cent in favour of a new four-year contract. The agreement cam... Read More
After nearly a year of bargaining and a successful strike vote, the HEU Compass-Marquise bargaining committee reached a tentative agreement with the employer early Monday for a fou... Read More
HEU reached a tentative settlement Monday with Compass Group/Marquise covering more than 1,400 housekeeping and food service workers in health care facilities operated by the Provi... Read More
More than 1,200 HEU members working for Sodexo in five of six certifications approved a deal for a four-year contract. Support for the agreement ranged between 72 to 94 per cent fo... Read More
With the community social services collective agreement set to expire on March 31, about 25 HEU members working in the troubled sector met in Victoria on October 29 and 30 to elect... Read More
HEU members have voted to ratify agreements with Aramark. In all, 74.5 per cent of members working for Aramark in the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority voted in favour, while 80 p... Read More
[Burnaby, B.C.] Health care workers employed by the Compass Group and its subsidiary Marquise in housekeeping and food services voted over 98 per cent in favour of strike action, a... Read More
Late Tuesday night, the HEU-Aramark bargaining committee reached a tentative agreement with the employer for a four-year contract, with the assistance of top mediator Vince Ready.... Read More
[Burnaby, B.C.] The Hospital Employees’ Union has reached a tentative settlement with US-based Aramark covering nearly 1,300 hospital cleaning staff working in Vancouver Coastal an... Read More
Health care workers employed by US-based Aramark in housekeeping services voted 97 per cent in favour of strike action, according to results released today by the Hospital Employee... Read More
[Burnaby, B.C.] The Hospital Employees’ Union has negotiated a critical agreement with one of three multinational contractors that together employ more than 4,400 support staff at... Read More
Significant benefit improvements Late Sunday night, the HEU-Sodexo bargaining committee reached a tentative agreement with Sodexo for a four-year contract that includes a one dolla... Read More
Support a strong strike mandate A fair and reasonable wage increase along with improved vacation benefits were two priorities that members identified for this round of bargaining.... Read More
An arbitrator has ruled that a Parksville nurse was unjustly disciplined by her employer for speaking out on the state of seniors’ care at a public meeting last year.Read More
Back your bargaining demands Despite making progress on some items, your committee is not satisfied with the progress of negotiations on monetary issues for your next contract with... Read More
Give your committee a strong strike mandate Despite making progress on some key items, your committee is not satisfied with the progress of negotiations for your next contract with... Read More
Despite the assistance of experienced labour relations mediators, negotiations for renewed agreements with both Aramark and Sodexo have broken down as these employers refuse to be... Read More
Coming out of last week’s round of bargaining with both Aramark and Sodexo, HEU’s two bargaining committees reached agreement with employers to seek mediation assistance. Both the... Read More
The Vancouver Island Health Authority is cutting hours at south Island community labs, and ending home visits to collect blood and other lab specimens from the frail elderly and th... Read More
Your multi-union bargaining association is working to ensure that all community social services workers receive the wage increase, which they are entitled to as of April 1, 2013, w... Read More
From June 25-27, HEU’s bargaining committee representing Compass-Marquise members from eight different sites were back in negotiations with the employer for the fourth time since l... Read More
From June 10-12, HEU’s bargaining committee representing 1,500-plus Sodexo members went back to the table to negotiate a new contract. There were some good discussions on training... Read More
From June 5-7, HEU’s bargaining committee representing Aramark members went back to the table to negotiate a new contract. Over the three days of negotiations, your committee was a... Read More
ATTENTION: Strike vote meetings scheduled for Sodexo members are cancelled immediately, and ratification votes on the tentative contract will be scheduled as soon as possible. Stri... Read More
Throughout the last week of May, Compass and Marquise members gathered on Vancouver Island to push for a new contract – both at the bargaining table and on the streets.Read More
[Victoria, B.C.] Today, health care workers employed in housekeeping and food services rallied for a fair contract and better health care for a second day in a row, this time at Ro... Read More
[Vancouver, B.C.] Health care workers employed in housekeeping and food services by five multinational corporations rallied today at Vancouver General Hospital for a fair contract... Read More
HEU members working for Sodexo, Compass, Aramark, Marquise, and Acciona have been without a contract for more than six months. To date, negotiations with their corporate employers... Read More
[Burnaby, B.C.] The 43,000-member Hospital Employees’ Union says that the NDP’s commitment to bolstering standards of care for B.C.’s seniors is a move in the right direction.Read More
HEU members working in Community Social Services, along with their coworkers who are represented by nine other unions in the sector, have ratified new collective agreements. Member... Read More
[BURNABY, B.C.] - The Hospital Employees’ Union is urging the B.C. Liberals to abandon last-minute legislation changing health care bargaining units. Bill 18 , the Health Authoriti... Read More
Representatives of the Community Social Services Bargaining Association met earlier this week to nail down the timing and process for upcoming ratification votes, which will be hel... Read More
A move by the B.C. Liberal government to fundamentally change the way that workers are represented in the health sector was done without prior consultation, says the Hospital Emplo... Read More
Following a 13-day marathon bargaining session, the multi-union Community Social Services Bargaining Association (CSSBA) has reached a tentative collective agreement with the emplo... Read More
The cost of outsourcing medical transcription services in the Lower Mainland has increased by an average of 26 per cent a year over the last five years, according to financial docu... Read More
Aramark employer representatives and the HEU bargaining committee met for two days of bargaining on February 14 th and 15 th , 2013. Progress continues to be made although it has b... Read More
[Burnaby, B.C.] Legislation introduced by the B.C. Liberal government this afternoon will limit the independence of a proposed new seniors’ advocate, says the Hospital Employees’ U... Read More
[VICTORIA, B.C.] The BC Liberals will balance their pre-election budget by making significant cuts to planned spending on front-line health care services and increasing MSP premium... Read More
Workers in the community health sector have voted 86 per cent in favour of a two-year contract that provides an across-the-board wage increase, and improved workplace and schedulin... Read More
An alarming backlog in transcribing and processing medical reports in the Lower Mainland is putting patient care at risk, says the Hospital Employees’ Union. The union has learned... Read More
After two successful weeks of large-scale job action in community living and family services, the employer has invited the multi-union bargaining association back to the bargaining... Read More
The Hospital Employees’ Union is asking B.C.’s privacy commissioner Elizabeth Denham to launch an investigation into outsourced medical transcription services in the Lower Mainland... Read More
Community Living workers who support people with developmental disabilities at ten agencies in Victoria will be on strike Thursday, January 31.Read More
Nearly 3,400 community living workers who support adults, children and infants with disabilities and their families are going on strike, starting Wednesday January 30. HEU members... Read More
On January 9, Crossroads Treatment Centre Society announced plans to phase out its detox and addiction counselling programs over the next three to six months despite high demand fo... Read More
The HEU bargaining committee reached a tentative agreement with Sodexo on a commitment to fair treatment in the workplace and stronger protections against work site harassment. Sod... Read More
Significant job action will take place in Community Living next week across British Columbia. Please stay tuned for details when they are announced. Workers will be contacted direc... Read More
The Community Social Services Bargaining Association is planning a strategic escalation of job action beginning later in January that will highlight the diversity and scope of CSS... Read More
The multi-union Community Bargaining Association (CBA) has reached a tentative collective agreement with the Health Employers Association of BC (HEABC). The two-year proposed contr... Read More
The closure of Kelowna's Crossroads Treatment Centre would leave an unacceptable gap in detox and addiction treatment services in the Okanagan, says the Hospital Employees' Union.... Read More