History (video)

The story of HEU

Besides the historic equality gains the Hospital Employees' Union has made for its members over the past seven decades, HEU is recognized as a leading defender of Canada’s public health care system.

It’s a reputation rooted in the union’s earliest battles for better standards of care in the 1940s, when hospitals were funded by whatever fees they could squeeze out of patients and by tiny grants from city governments to care for the “indigent”.

It’s why union members fought for better hospital insurance in British Columbia, and for a national system of medicare. It’s why HEU advocated for extended care for seniors back in the 1950s, and still opposes long-term care closures in our communities.

And it’s why the union continues to fight for quality, public health care services today.