Newsletters for 2008

Because of the severe weather conditions affecting the Lower Mainland, the Burnaby-based provincial office of the Hospital Employees' Union will be closed on December 24. We apolog...Read More
Printer Friendly Version HEU’s Provincial Executive (P.E.) is seeking applications from local activists who are interested in joining a P.E. subcommittee.Read More
It has been 19 years since the fourteen female students were gunned down on December 6 at Montreal’s l’École Polytechnique in what is one of the most horrific cases of violence aga...Read More
CUPE joins the CLC, other unions and civil society organizations in supporting the creation of a Liberal-NDP coalition government supported by the Bloc Quebecois. Add your voice ....Read More
Printer Friendly Version Human Immunodeficiency Virus/Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (HIV/AIDS) remains one of the most devastating diseases on earth – ever. HIV/AIDS knows no...Read More
Printer Friendly Version The “fiscal update” presented Thursday by the Conservative Party government of Stephen Harper represents a direct attack on workers’ rights while failing t...Read More
Printer Friendly Version Despite solid progress on negotiating new language, health employers are ignoring an agreement with the unions on how to implement revised benchmarks, revi...Read More
Printer Friendly Version The B.C. Federation of Labour’s 52nd convention began Monday in Vancouver with 1,000 union members converging on the Trade and Convention Centre from all p...Read More
Printer Friendly Version For the fifth year in a row, British Columbia has the highest rate of child poverty in the country. A report released Friday by First Call: B.C.’s Child an...Read More
Printer Friendly Version The Ontario Court of Appeal has declared that Ontario’s Agricultural Employees Protection Act (AEPA) violates the constitutional rights of more than 100,00...Read More
Printer Friendly Version Supporters of public health care gather across the country to celebrate National Medicare Week by taking part in events and calling on government to protec...Read More
Printer Friendly Version Compensation payments ranging from around $800 to more than $17,000 will be paid to more than 7,000 health care workers who were displaced as a result of B...Read More
Printer Friendly Version As part of the ongoing review of benchmarks in the facilities subsector (p. 207 of the collective agreement), the Union Benchmark Review Committee is seeki...Read More
Printer Friendly Version After discussions and negotiations that began in May 2007, members of the joint union and employer trades classification committee have agreed to revise 17...Read More
Printer Friendly Version HEU members working in community social services will be receiving a new bonus payment – equal to about one per cent of their 2008 earnings – before the en...Read More
Printer Friendly Version The Scottish government announced Monday that it will halt and reverse the privatization of all housekeeping and food services in the country’s hospitals,...Read More
Printer Friendly Version The Hospital Employees’ Union is the union of choice for more than 180 Sodexo employees working at the recently opened Abbotsford Regional Hospital and Can...Read More
Printer Friendly Version The community campaign for a living wage has received another boost with the release of new research showing that workers in Vancouver need at least $16.74...Read More
Printer Friendly Version Arbitrator Vince Ready has ruled that health care workers displaced by Bill 29 but who, at some point, obtained a position in the health sector with an emp...Read More
Printer Friendly Version Arbitrator Vince Ready extended the deadline for the filing of compensation claims forms by health care workers covered by the facilities collective agreem...Read More
Printer Friendly Version HEU is launching Young Workers’ Month of Action this September to inform, educate and inspire young health care workers throughout the province. Whether yo...Read More
Printer Friendly Version For kids across B.C., Labour Day is better known as the final moment of summer and the beginning of another school year, more books, new teachers, old frie...Read More
Printer Friendly Version In the face of overwhelming community opposition to the pending closure of Cowichan Lodge, the Vancouver Island Health Authority has announced it will abid...Read More
Printer Friendly Version Seniors, community advocates and health care workers came from across Vancouver Island to Qualicum Beach on July 30 to attend the Vancouver Island Health A...Read More
Printer Friendly Version The Hospital Employees’ Union has signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the Vancouver Island Health Authority that provides more options for members...Read More
Printer Friendly Version Talks between the Facilities Bargaining Association and the Health Employers Association of B.C. continued over the spring and summer on pathology, social...Read More
Printer Friendly Version For the second year running, HEU has partnered with the BC Nurses’ Union, CUPE BC and CUPE National to help bring progressive artists to the Vancouver Folk...Read More
Printer Friendly Version HEU locals are reminded that the Provincial Office must receive all delegate credentials, hotel accommodation forms, and proposed constitutional amendments...Read More
Hundreds of families, seniors, community members and workers are speaking out against Vancouver Island Health Authority’s decision to close 350 public long-term care beds and layof...Read More
Printer Friendly Version In the wake of VIHA’s June 20 surprise announcement that it plans to close about 350 long-term care beds across the Island - including the total closure of...Read More
Printer Friendly Version HEU members at seniors’ facilities on Vancouver Island are reeling from today’s announcement by the Vancouver Island Health Authority (VIHA) that more than...Read More
Printer Friendly Version For several years, the Hospital Employees’ Union has taken part in celebrations across the province to recognize Aboriginal Solidarity Day on June 21.Read More
Printer Friendly Version The issue as to whether locals of a Facilities Bargaining Association (FBA) union that decertified after the enactment of Bill 29 are entitled to access lu...Read More
Printer Friendly Version For the second year in a row, HEU’s flagship newspaper the Guardian has received the Canadian Association of Labour Media’s award for Excellence in Writing...Read More
Printer Friendly Version The issue of a new pay rate for the Nursing Unit Assistants (NUA) benchmark will not go to a classification hearing, an arbitrator has ruled. In a ruling h...Read More
Printer Friendly Version Eighty Hospital Employees’ Union women from every part of the province came together at HEU’s first women’s conference, held in Burnaby May 14 and 15, to c...Read More
Printer Friendly Version HEU’s Lesbian and Gay Standing Committee will join other organizations around the world on May 17 to commemorate the International Day Against Homophobia....Read More
Printer Friendly Version HEU has joined a number of other B.C. public-sector unions in their call on the Liberal government to withdraw legislation that severely restricts public-i...Read More
Printer Friendly Version In every part of the province, HEU nursing team members are marking this year’s nursing week with events that honour the crucial role our licensed practica...Read More
Printer Friendly Version Unionized health care workers who lost their jobs as a result of the Campbell Liberals’ contract-busting Bill 29 are having their issues aired in the provi...Read More
Printer Friendly Version Locals across the province are taking time out today to recognize the valuable contribution support workers make to the health care team. This year’s Suppo...Read More
Printer Friendly Version Members and former members who were impacted by Bill 29 in the facilities subsector are now able to submit a claim form to determine if they are eligible t...Read More
Printer Friendly Version The BC Health Coalition (BCHC) has launched a campaign to oppose Bill 21 – the new provincial health care legislation being pushed through the B.C. legisla...Read More
Printer Friendly Version An arbitrator will decide whether a new permanent rate for nursing unit assistants will be set, or whether the rate negotiated for 2006-2010 (SB 16) will c...Read More
Globe and Mail article chronicles one hospital worker’s struggle following mass layoffs of front-line staff in the wake of the B.C. Liberal government’s 2002 contract-breaking legi...Read More
Printer Friendly Version Arbitrator Vince Ready has handed down a decision that establishes categories with criteria under which health care workers employed under the facilities a...Read More
Printer Friendly Version Talks between HEU and the Health Employers Association of B.C. (HEABC) continue to make progress on most of the benchmark language updates for rehab assist...Read More
Printer Friendly Version Sunday’s coverage of hospital superbugs exposes a contradiction that should alarm anyone interested in fighting the spread of these infections. In the arti...Read More
Printer friendly version A new study by the Social Planning and Research Council of British Columbia (SPARC BC) cites low wages and a lack of respect for work performed in communit...Read More
Printer friendly version More than 100 HEU members employed by Aramark, Sodexo and Compass gathered in Burnaby for an historic bargaining conference on Thursday morning, March 27....Read More
Printer Friendly Version March 21 commemorates the anniversary of the 1960 Sharpeville Massacre. On that date, more than 60 Black demonstrators were killed and about 180 wounded by...Read More
Printer Friendly Version A comprehensive review of 84 clerical benchmarks continues to be on hold pending an arbitration hearing that will take place this spring. At issue is a dem...Read More
Printer Friendly Version This year, the Hospital Employees’ Union’s annual celebration of International Women’s Day (IWD) on March 8 will last a little longer as the union prepares...Read More
Printer Friendly Version CUPE news release: OTTAWA — “The Federal government set expectations low going into the budget, and they met lower than low expectations, said Paul Moist,...Read More
As part of the ongoing review of benchmarks in the facilities subsector (p. 207 of the collective agreement), the union Trades Benchmark Review Committee is seeking input for the f...Read More
Printer Friendly Version A recent audit of the Early Incentive Bonus Fund, negotiated by the Community Social Services Bargaining Association (CSSBA) in 2006, shows there are remai...Read More
Printer Friendly Version The HEU clerical subcommittee has spent several months planning its first-ever Clerical Workers Awareness Day on February 12. Clerical workers make up abou...Read More
Printer Friendly Version Thanks in part to the efforts of a local coalition, Citizens for Quality Health Care – of which HEU members are a part – the Comox Strathcona Regional Hosp...Read More
Printer Friendly Version As the Vancouver Island Health Authority prepares to introduce its new care delivery model for all directly administered residential care facilities, the u...Read More
Printer Friendly Version Working alone and combating violence in the workplace are concerns for many workers in British Columbia, and definitely for HEU members. It’s important tha...Read More
Printer Friendly Version In a meeting yesterday with B.C.’s four health care bargaining associations, the provincial government committed to introduce amendments that will remove t...Read More
Printer Friendly Version Respected labour mediator/arbitrator Vince Ready will chair the joint union/employer governance committee that will allocate the $68 million in compensatio...Read More
Here’s what the media are saying about the Bill 29 settlement (please note that these links will take you away from this website): January 30 Victoria Times-Colonist Editorial Burn...Read More
Printer Friendly Version The multi-union Community Bargaining Association (CBA), of which HEU is a partner, has reached a tentative settlement agreement after four months of negoti...Read More
Please post and distribute this printer friendly version HEU and its union partners in the Facilities Bargaining Association (FBA) have reached a tentative settlement with the B.C....Read More
Please post and distribute this printer friendly version HEU and its union partners in the Facilities Bargaining Association (FBA) resumed talks with government and health employer...Read More
Printer Friendly Version December talks between HEU and HEABC resulted in an agreement-in-principle on revised benchmark language for two of several classification groups under rev...Read More