Newsletters for 2012

Health care workers have voted 91 per cent in favour of a two-year contract that provides job security protections, a general wage increase, and maintains benefits. Facilities Barg...Read More
The Facilities Bargaining Association (FBA) and the Health Employers Association of BC (HEABC) have reached agreement on the implementation of the new statutory holiday – Family Da...Read More
The HEU Provincial and Regional offices will be closed during the upcoming holiday season. All of our offices will be closed on December 25, 26, 27, 28, 31, 2012 and January 1, 201...Read More
Despite a snowstorm sweeping across the Lower Mainland, HEU’s second annual “live” Living Wage Tree of Hope delivered festive messages to Burnaby and Royal Columbian hospitals on D...Read More
The “live” Living Wage Tree of Hope will tour four hospital sites in the lead up to the festive season to raise awareness about the Hospital Employees’ Union’s anti-poverty campaig...Read More
On December 6, the Hospital Employees’ Union and the Health Employers Association of BC (HEABC) signed an agreement on the content and wage grids for two new Pharmacy Technician Su...Read More
Since reaching agreement on November 30 with the Health Employers Association of BC (HEABC) to put a one-year moratorium on health care workers being disciplined for refusing to re...Read More
In recognizing the diversity of our membership, HEU has been a pioneer in human rights advocacy in the labour movement – provincially, nationally and globally. That’s why the union...Read More
There will be no picket lines as health science professionals –members of the Health Sciences Association (HSA) – begin job action around the province this week to back their effor...Read More
Today, people around the globe are recognizing the International Day for Persons with Disabilities – a day that was established by the United Nations to create awareness, understan...Read More
Tomorrow, a controversial, province-wide Influenza Control Program Policy – Wearing Masks was to be implemented, calling on all health care workers to declare whether or not they h...Read More
A new research study by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives shows the public is ahead of political leaders when it comes to tax policy. It finds most British Columbians,reg...Read More
The theme of this year’s World AIDS Day – December 1 – is Getting to Zero: zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination, zero AIDS-related deaths . It’s part of a five-year World A...Read More
More than 200 health care workers, veterans and family members, politicians and supporters from the community at-large learned that contracting out was on hold at a rally at George...Read More
On the final day of HEU's 28th biennial convention at Vancouver's Hyatt Regency Hotel, delegates spent most of the plenary debating and voting on constitutional amendments and reso...Read More
Convention delegates took much of Thursday to meet in regional caucuses to elect the rest of the Provincial Executive for the 2012-2014 term. Twelve regional vice-presidents were e...Read More
Convention delegates elected Victor Elkins, a cardiac perfusion assistant from the PHSA Amalgamated Local, as the union’s new president for the 2012 – 2014 term. Elkins acknowledge...Read More
At the second day of HEU's convention, more than 640 delegates heard from their secretary-business manager and president on the state of the union, and delegates continued their di...Read More
More than 630 HEU delegates gathered at Vancouver’s Hyatt Regency Hotel Monday to kickstart the union’s weeklong 28th biennial convention. On Day One, delegates unanimously adopted...Read More
It’s time for a fair and reasonable deal. Speakers: Jim Sinclair & Irene Lanzinger, BC Federation of Labour Darryl Walker, President, BCGEU Bonnie Pearson, Secretary-Business Manag...Read More
by Bonnie Pearson October 18th is Health Care Assistant Day — a time to recognize the dedicated care aides and community health workers who provide tens of thousands of British Col...Read More
They are often behind the scenes performing “invisible” jobs, but nearly 10,000 members of HEU’s clerical team provide a key role in the delivery of quality health care to British...Read More
BC's Labour Relations Board today reported the results of LPN union representation votes held this past June. LPNs in five regional health authorities and Providence Health Care ha...Read More
LPNs in five regional health authorities and in Providence Health Care have voted to join the BC Nurses’ Union. The results of a June union representation vote among LPNs were rele...Read More
The Labour Relations Board (LRB) begins a two-day process starting Oct. 4 to count ballots in the BCNU raid on LPNs employed by five health authorities (VCHA, FHA, VIHA, IHA and NH...Read More
The Provincial Executive of the Hospital Employees’ Union has unanimously endorsed B.C. Federation of Labour president Jim Sinclair and secretary-treasurer Irene Lanzinger for re-e...Read More
The Hospital Employees' Union will be supporting striking government and ICBC workers on September 5. That's when 30,000 members of the B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union...Read More
The provincial government and B.C.’s health authorities are implementing a new flu vaccine policy requiring health care workers to wear masks for the entire flu season if they do n...Read More
On Wednesday, August 22, HEU is recognizing the important role that support workers play in health care workplaces and within the union. CHECK OUT OUR SUPPORT WORKERS' DAY PHOTO GA...Read More
On August 14, BCNU published false statements on its websites that misrepresent the position of HEU, the labour movement – and even the BCNU – on important issues related to BCNU’s...Read More
More than 80 people turned out to oppose the closure of Chilliwack General Hospital’s sub-acute rehabilitation unit at a town hall meeting organized by NDP MLA Gwen O-Mahoney this...Read More
HEU has signed an agreement to support Pharmacy Technician members in the Northern Health Authority who want to convert to the new higher paid regulated role.Read More
Health care workers at a major seniors’ care facility in Victoria voted Monday to join the Hospital Employees’ Union. HEU now represents more than 300 workers at Selkirk Place incl...Read More
The Joint Community Health Retraining Fund has updated application forms making it easier for members working in the community health sector to obtain funding to upgrade skills in...Read More
BC-Health Coalition news release: The BC Health Coalition, Canadian Doctors for Medicare and the Council of Canadians are urging Premier Clark to work with her provincial counterpa...Read More
The Joint Community Social Services Labour Adjustment and Education Fund (L.A.E.F.) is now accepting applications from members working in the community social services sector. Succ...Read More
CCPA-BC news release: The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives in BC has released a new report, Caring for BC’s Aging Population , that continues to recommend concrete steps in...Read More
A new benchmark and wage rate has been secured for regulated pharmacy techs through an arbitrated award under the Facilities collective agreement. As a result, regulated pharmacy t...Read More
Votes resulting from BCNU’s raid on LPNs wrapped up June 25, although B.C.’s Employment Standards Branch will continue to receive post-marked ballots until July 3. LPNs have been v...Read More
Today marks the day where Canadians come together to celebrate the traditional cultures, unique heritage and contributions First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples bring to our commu...Read More
The Employment Standards Branch of the Ministry of Labour announced June 20 that eligible LPNs who are missing a ballot for the current representation vote can obtain one by report...Read More
About 75 support services members – representing Compass, Aramark, Sodexo, Acciona and Marquise – gathered at the Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel in Richmond for the Health Author...Read More
A cross-country day of action on Monday, June 18 takes aim at the Harper Conservative government’s plan to drastically cut health care for refugees at the end of the month. The dem...Read More
Members of the British Columbia Nurses Union (BCNU) at North Peace Care Centre have joined with HEU members from Fort St. John Hospital in making HEU their union of choice at the n...Read More
The Canadian Association of Labour Media (CALM) has chosen an HEU design as Best Poster for 2011. The poster marks the December 6 Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against...Read More
The joint trades & maintenance project of the multi-union Facilities Bargaining Association recently met to discuss how health employers can lower costs, increase productivity, and...Read More
Now in its 10 th year, the International Day Against Homophobia – celebrated May 17 across the globe – is a date that HEU members have recognized since 2005 when the union’s Pink T...Read More
On Wednesday, May 9, B.C.’s Labour Relations Board ruled that BCNU’s raid applications can proceed, and has ordered a representation vote for LPNs. At some time over the next few w...Read More
This week, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) released a new report Working for a Living Wage 2012 , which revises the calculated living wage rate in Metro Vancouve...Read More
April 28 is the National Day of Mourning for Workers who have been injured or died on the job. Workplace tragedies are much on the minds of British Columbians these days. Earlier t...Read More
HEU and its Environment Committee encourge all locals and members to take part in an Earth Day action this year.Read More
The union’s clerical subcommittee recently launched a new contest to give clerical members a voice in selecting their updated mascot. The deadline is quickly approaching – April 30...Read More
The union’s clerical subcommittee has just launched a new contest to give clerical members a voice in selecting their updated mascot. Created nearly six years ago – stemming from m...Read More
CUPE newsletter: Today is World Water Day – a day to celebrate our victories protecting public water and to mobilize for the challenges we face in 2012. CUPE members have been figh...Read More
Strong support for teachers and collective bargaining rights was obvious as 10,000 people – including HEU members – marched to the provincial legislature in Victoria on March 6 to...Read More
Every year on March 8, women around the world celebrate International Women’s Day. Depending on where you live and what the issues of the time are, women utilize International Wome...Read More
NEW: Vancouver Rally for Public Education Wednesday, March 7th Vancouver Art Gallery 2:00 p.m.Read More
[video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SCPjnA3koTo=player_embedded width:640] HEU members work in every area of health care, providing care and support to patients and residents acr...Read More
HEU members across B.C. are wearing pink today (February 29) to raise awareness about the harmful impact of violence, harassment and bullying in the workplace. The reality of viole...Read More
Today the BC Liberal Government has introduced Bill 22, imposing 2 years of no wage increases and seeking significant concession from teachers regarding learning conditions and pro...Read More
On Tuesday, B.C.’s Labour Relations Board reported that BCNU has signed enough cards to trigger votes for LPNs who work directly for five health authorities (VIHA, FHA, VCHA, IHA a...Read More
On Thursday, February 23, Education Minister George Abbott announced he was instructing his staff to unilaterally draft legislation that would impose a contract on BC’s teachers. T...Read More
HEU health care workers at Malaspina Gardens in Nanaimo and Acacia Ty Mawr Lodge in Shawnigan Lake battled back against contracting out with rallies that drew supportive crowds to...Read More
HEU’s Pension Committee is organizing a series of information seminars with staff from the union and the Pension Corporation, who administer the Municipal Pension Plan (MPP). The B...Read More
About 150 Parksville and area residents joined with HEU members on January 19 to view the documentary film, “The Remaining Light,” and talk about the impact of contract rollbacks o...Read More
About two dozen HEU members at Lake District Hospital and Health Centre in Burns Lake were called into urgent action last Friday night when a devastating explosion ripped through t...Read More
On Wednesday, Hospital Employees’ Union locals across British Columbia celebrate the valuable contributions made every day by HEU’s patient care technical workers to their health c...Read More
HEU representatives were in Victoria this past weekend as part of a federal NDP roundtable discussion with health policy experts and Medicare advocates. The roundtable was timed to...Read More
CUPE newsletter: CUPE urges all premiers, currently at the Council of the Federation meeting in Victoria, to agree on strategies to protect and strengthen public health care. Canad...Read More
Taken from the current issue of the Guardian , i n members' mailboxes this month. 2012 will be an important year for HEU members. We will see a year dominated by collective bargain...Read More
HEU’s Pension Committee is organizing a series of information seminars with staff from the union and the Pension Corporation, who administer the Municipal Pension Plan (MPP).Read More