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News releases for 2015
IHA further delays decision on privatizing hospital laundry services
Yesterday’s announcement by Interior Health Authority (IHA) chief executive officer Chris Mazurkewich that a decision on contracting out hospital laundry services has been further...
November 25, 2015
No case for privatizing IHA laundry – expert says
The Interior Health Authority (IHA) has failed to establish a valid business case for privatizing hospital laundry services, according to a Simon Fraser University economist. SFU S...
November 24, 2015
Sunridge Place dispute heads to arbitration
The long-standing struggle to secure a fair collective agreement for health care workers at Sunridge Place in Duncan is not yet over, although job action has been averted. On June...
June 12, 2015
Payments to laundry companies by Lower Mainland health authorities more than doubled in seven years
Escalating laundry privatization costs in the Lower Mainland should raise warning flags about a similar scheme being floated in the Interior Health Authority, says the Hospital Emp...
June 11, 2015
HEU laundry workers deliver petition to the legislature, urging government to save jobs
VICTORIA – The voices of 12,423 British Columbians were heard at the provincial legislature this morning with the tabling of a petition calling on government to halt the Interior H...
May 14, 2015
Interior communities speak out against privatization of hospital laundry services
Nearly 12,000 British Columbians have signed a petition calling on the provincial government to cancel plans by the Interior Health Authority to privatize hospital laundry services...
May 5, 2015
HEU announces new chief spokesperson
The Hospital Employees’ Union announced today that Jennifer Whiteside will take over as the union’s secretary-business manager, effective immediately. She succeeds Bonnie Pearson w...
April 2, 2015
HEU joins national actions demanding an end to Ottawa’s health care cuts
VANCOUVER – Today marks the first anniversary of a decade-long, $36 billion cut to health care transfers to the provinces by Stephen Harper’s conservative government. That’s why HE...
March 31, 2015
British Columbians’ health care needs sold short in provincial budget that lacks vision
Despite critical needs to invest in seniors’ care, upgrade health infrastructure, and address hospital overcrowding, the provincial government has tabled another budget that shortc...
February 7, 2015
175 family-supporting jobs at risk as Interior Health seeks to privatize hospital laundry services
The Interior Health Authority will issue bid documents later this week that could result in the loss of in-house hospital laundry services along with 175 family-supporting jobs in...
February 11, 2015
Community Social Service workers: March 31 is final deadline to buy past pension service
HEU members working in community social services have until March 31, 2015, to purchase past pensionable service with the same employer, thereby increasing their guaranteed retirem...
February 3, 2015
community social services
Health care workers campaign for a YES vote in the referendum
The Hospital Employees’ Union has joined the Better Transit and Transportation Coalition advocating for a ‘yes’ vote in the upcoming referendum. “We believe that the more we can do...
February 3, 2015
More than 230 health workers face layoff as North Shore nursing home changes subcontractors – again
[BURNABY,BC] – More than 230 Inglewood Care Centre staff will lose their jobs this spring because CareCorp – the company subcontracted to provide resident care and support at the n...
January 27, 2015
Health unions seek strike mandate to get talks on track
Health care unions representing 47,000 health care workers are seeking a strike mandate from members to back efforts to reach an agreement with B.C.’s health employers. The 11-unio...
March 28, 2015
Facilities bargaining continues through weekend
Negotiations for a collective agreement covering 47,000 health care workers are scheduled to continue this weekend. The multi-union Facilities Bargaining Association and the Health...
March 22, 2015
Facilities Bargaining Association
Health authorities’ medical transcription contractor files for bankruptcy
M*Modal – the American-based, medical transcription contractor hired by Lower Mainland health authorities last
March 20, 2015