Newsletters for 2013

Yesterday, the federal Joint Review Panel (JRP) released its decision to approve the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway Project -- a pipeline running from the tar sands of Northern...Read More
The Facilities Bargaining Association (FBA) has successfully distributed another round of education grants to more than 500 union members during the past year. The monies came from...Read More
As a pioneer in advancing human rights in the Canadian labour movement, the Hospital Employees’ Union proudly recognizes the diversity of our membership, as we celebrate Human Righ...Read More
The United Nations has called upon governments across the world to develop national action plans to end violence against women by 2015. Women’s groups, trade unions and allies acro...Read More
December 6, the National Day of Remembrance and Action to End Violence against Women, is commemorated every year in Canada, on the anniversary of the 1989 École Polytechnique massa...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
Since 1988, HIV/AIDS activists have observed World AIDS Day by raising public awareness through research and education, fundraising initiatives, and anti-prejudice campaigns. The r...Read More
The Hospital Employees’ Union says that a robocall campaign launched by Fraser Health on Monday night is highly inappropriate. The automated calls appear to be directed to the home...Read More
The B.C. Labour Relations Board (LRB) has issued its final decision clarifying the status of licensed practical nurse (LPN) seniority and service entitlements following Bill 18 . B...Read More
Although Canada is one of the world’s most progressive countries in protecting the human rights of its citizens, transgender Canadians are still vulnerable to discrimination, hate...Read More
A tentative five-year deal reached by the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association with health employers does not establish a pattern for other negotiations in the secto...Read More
More than 230 HEU delegates concluded deliberations at the union’s 20th Facilities Bargaining Conference in Vancouver on Friday, setting the union’s course for the next round of ba...Read More
The B.C. government has taken action of only six per cent of 176 recommendations to improve seniors’ care made by B.C. Ombudsperson Kim Carter in her landmark report, “The Best of...Read More
Dear Sisters and Brothers, HEU commits $25,000 to Typhoon Haiyan relief We all learned over the weekend of the scale of devastation in the Philippines resulting from Typhoon Haiyan...Read More
In the wake of the devastating Typhoon Haiyan, there is widespread damage throughout the Philippines. The Hospital Employees’ Union would like to extend solidarity to all those imp...Read More
After province-wide consultation with unions and employers, WorkSafeBC has finally implemented three new policies that address on-the-job harassment and bullying.Read More
The controversial flu vaccine policy requiring health care workers who do not get a flu shot to wear a mask at work throughout the flu season has been upheld by an arbitrator. As a...Read More
Today, the provincial government reinstated up to $700,000 of an annual million dollar operating contract with the University of British Columbia's Therapeutics Initiative (TI).Read More
The Labour Relations Board released a decision Monday that confirms an agreement reached between affected unions and health employers on the impact of Bill 18 on LPN seniority.Read More
by Bonnie Pearson HEU secretary-business manager October 18 is Health Care Assistant Day. First proclaimed by the provincial government in 2011, it’s a time to recognize the except...Read More
HEU members have voted to ratify agreements with Sodexo at Vancouver Coastal Health, Fraser Health, German Canadian, Foyer Maillard, and Central Care Home. The votes were compiled...Read More
As the B.C. health services division of CUPE National, HEU encourages our members to fill out a new survey on the impact of “working alone” – an issue that’s been frequently raised...Read More
Today, HEU locals across the province are recognizing the critical services our trades and maintenance members contribute to B.C.’s health care system. To acknowledge work that’s o...Read More
After two-and-a-half days of discussion and debate, delegates to HEU’s occupational conference returned to their locals with a clear agenda on their bargaining priorities. About 38...Read More
Five decades ago today, in Winnipeg, two public sector unions, along with the Hospital Employees’ Union, came together to create the Canadian Union of Public Employees. The Nationa...Read More
The Labour Relations Board produced a list Friday of work sites where nurses (LPNs and RNs) will be voting on union representation – and others where a single union will represent...Read More
In response to an invitation from the Labour Relations Board, the Hospital Employees’ Union has made a written submission outlining its views on seniority rights for LPNs that have...Read More
HEU support workers carry out critical roles on the health care team in housekeeping, dietary, laundry, transportation, and in the supply chain. But these jobs are often invisible...Read More
The Licensed Practical Nurses Association of BC (LPNABC) is asking the province’s LPNs to provide feedback on the new definition of clinical direction as outlined by the College of...Read More
The Supreme Court of B.C. has dismissed applications for judicial review filed by HEU, the B.C. Government and Service Employees’ Union (BCGEU) and the International Union of Opera...Read More
The B.C. Labour Relations Board issued a decision on August 16 that dismissed 48 raid applications filed by BCNU last fall, while setting out a framework for determining union repr...Read More
Women working in health care occupations accounted for the largest share of back strain injuries, 31 per cent of all such claims between 2003 and 2012 according to WorkSafeBC’s 201...Read More
PharmaCare Tie-In Update Prescription drug coverage for members in the Facilities Bargaining Association (FBA) are tied to B.C.’s PharmaCare program – a change negotiated in the la...Read More
When Canada’s premiers meet for the annual Council of the Federation they should seize the opportunity to push for improvements to pensions, health care and the economy. The meetin...Read More
June 21 marks the day where Canadians come together to celebrate the unique heritage, traditions and contributions First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples bring to our country’s cul...Read More
Unions file grievance on implementation of PharmaCare tie-in The Facilities Bargaining Association is challenging the Health Employers Association of BC (HEABC) on elements of its...Read More
About 100 delegates shared ideas, experiences and knowledge as they gathered together for HEU’s 8 th equity conference in Richmond from June 10-12.Read More
The purpose of this newsletter is to clarify the impact of Bill 18 ( Health Authorities Amendment Act ) on seniority for LPNs who are directly affected by the legislation. Bill 18...Read More
June 21 marks the day where Canadians come together to celebrate the unique heritage, traditions and contributions First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples bring to our country’s cul...Read More
About a dozen delegates gathered at the Fishermen’s Hall in Prince Rupert for the union’s premier provincial First Nations Bargaining Conference May 22-23. It was the first time re...Read More
Since 2005, HEU’s Pink Triangle Standing Committee has recognized the International Day Against Homophobia – May 17– as part of its member and community outreach.Read More
Today, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) and A Living Wage for Families announced the 2013 calculations for living wages in Metro Vancouver ($19.62), Greater Victo...Read More
On behalf of members in the Facilities Bargaining Association, the Hospital Employees’ Union has reached an agreement with the Health Employers Association of BC on compensation fo...Read More
Since 1985, the labour movement and allies have gathered together from coast to coast on the International Day of Mourning – April 28 – to remember and honour workers killed and in...Read More
CUPE newsletter: April 22 is Earth Day. CUPE members are encouraged to take part in community and workplace environmental actions for this important day.Read More
The B.C. Liberal government enacted legislation Monday that redefines health care bargaining units and moves licensed practical nurses into the RN-dominated Nurses Bargaining Assoc...Read More
As a social justice union, HEU has a long history of defending workers’ rights and advocating for social equality not just within the local labour movement, but also on an internat...Read More
CUPE/HEU newsletter: Today is World Water Day – a day to celebrate our victories protecting public water and to mobilize for the challenges we face in the future.Read More
CUPE newsletter: Every year on March 21, the world commemorates the anniversary of the 1960 Sharpeville Massacre. On this day, police opened fire and killed 69 people at a peaceful...Read More
In one of its final acts in the legislature before facing voters in May, the BC Liberals used their majority to pass legislation that restructures health care bargaining. Bill 18 ,...Read More
New language on job descriptions in the recently ratified 2012-2014 community health collective agreement changes the process for distributing, reviewing and disputing job descript...Read More
The HEU and the Lower Mainland Pharmacy Services have agreed to extend the timelines of the Pharmacy Tech conversion agreement. Members now have until November 2014 to complete the...Read More
The B.C. Liberal government began debate Thursday on Bill 18 , legislation that fundamentally alters bargaining in the health sector. In a brief opening to the debate in the B.C. l...Read More
Every year for March 8, the Hospital Employees’ Union honours the accomplishments of women around the world as we all celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD).Read More
We often hear, particularly in the lead up to an election, how important every voice is and how every vote counts. And that holds true as HEU members join together with Canadians f...Read More
The Hospital Employees’ Union (representing the Facilities Bargaining Association) has reached an agreement with the Health Employers’ Association of B.C. for the implementation of...Read More
Sharpen your advocacy skills by enrolling in the Seniors' Residential Care Advocacy Course. This online course offered by PovNetU and co-sponsored by the Hospital Employees Union i...Read More
After almost a year of bargaining for a new contract, the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association (HSPBA) has reached a tentative agreement for nearly 17,000 health sci...Read More
About 80 people braved frigid temperatures in Kelowna today to protest the recently announced plan to close Crossroads Treatment Centre, the only comprehensive detox and addiction...Read More
In a major victory for health care workers, the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority has been ordered to stop engaging in practices that punish workers for being sick or injured. In...Read More
Under the provisions of B.C.’s Public Health Act , the Fraser Health Authority’s chief medical health officer has declared the current high level of influenza (flu) outbreaks a hea...Read More
In response to proposed changes to the regulation that governs the LPN profession that were announced this fall, HEU made a submission on December 21 to the B.C. Ministry of Health...Read More