On June 8, 2007, nearly five and a half years after bill 29 was introduced, the HEU won the softest depreciation of all. The health union`s constitutional challenge to the bill had quietly been brought before the Supreme Court of Canada. When the decision was announced, the Supreme Court rejected parts of the bill in violation of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, agreeing by a 6-1 majority that removing protections against contracts, shock rights and notices of dismissal violates the Charter`s guarantee of freedom of association. For the first time, Canada`s highest court has enshrined collective bargaining as a constitutional right; Governments would no longer be able to impose a treaty without first trying to reach an agreement through meaningful negotiations. The BC Federation of Labour has declared the 8th anniversary of the birth of the United Kingdom. == References ===== External links ===* Official website Look for collective agreements submitted to the Labour Council or scroll through the list below. You can search by employer name, union name or industry. “At the end of this round of bargaining, we began to turn the side of Gordon Campbell and the B.C. Liberals` vicious anti-worker agenda, which targeted skilled and experienced cleaners and nutritionists who keep our hospitals safe and patient feeding,” Whiteside said. “We are happy today, but tomorrow we will continue to advocate for heMU support services employees as we begin to implement these new collective agreements and prepare for the next round of bargaining in 2020.
When submitting the agreement, please indicate the names of the parties, the dates of application of the collective agreement and the industry. Within 30 days of the conclusion of an initial or renewed collective agreement or supplementary documents, the union and the employer must submit a copy to the Labour Council. Failure to file the collective agreement or supplementary document may result in the Commission refusing to consider it in any proceeding under the Industrial Relations Act. The eleven agreements set a new industry standard across standard B.C for the entire sector and improved job security, rights and salaries for members. And a hard-won agreement between the HEU and health authorities now ensures that members retain their jobs, collective agreements and unions when they renew their business contracts. (Click CC in the lower-right corner to enable video subtitles.) As Chouhan describes, some of the first laws passed by the new provincial government in 2002 targeted public sector workers: Acts 27, 28 and 29. Bill 29 meant that hospitals were free to assign and privatize thousands of hospital employees, removing this protection from the UHE collective agreement. 80% of these jobs were held by women (Chouhan estimates more than 90%), many of whom are South Asian Canadians, older workers or recent immigrants. Almost overnight, hospitals in Vancouver and fraser valley used the new law to sign long-term contracts with multinational corporations. Just before midnight on Sunday, just hours before a plethora of solidarity walkouts took place, HEU Allnut and British Columbia Federation of Labour president Jim Sinclair announced that the union had an agreement, but not the one they had hoped for.
Faced with the uncertainty of a total illegal strike, the UHE accepted the government`s ceiling of 600 layoffs over the next 2 years and a severance pay fund for the dismissed. Six weeks later, the Supreme Court fined the UHE $150,000 for contempt of court for ignoring the return-to-work order. This was the heaviest fine imposed on a union at the time in British Columbia`s history. In the years that followed, the union set out to organize the thousands of non-unionized workers recruited by the companies. Within a decade, HEU has represented most of the employees working for the “big four” companies, with successful rounds of negotiations that have raised wages to $16 an hour. Unfortunately, many workers never recovered from the initial job loss. Employers often terminated their contracts as soon as workers were unionized, making it difficult to unionize, but the union persevered. HEU members celebrate the reversal of the privatization of clean-up and diet work in British Columbia hospitals on August 30, 2021. For four days, HEU members defied return-to-work orders and a hard contract, with growing support from the trade union movement. Thousands of Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) members went on strike and closed community, school and library services across the province. Some sawmills, a pulp mill, a power plant and dispersed transit services also struck. Other unions have threatened to join a growing solidarity action.
“The government has crossed the line and it`s time for us to stand up for what we believe in,” said Doug McNicol, a garbage collector in Vancouver. This Saturday was also the first of May (May 1st). The confrontation led to one of the largest and liveliest “International Labour Day” rallies in years. “Since 2003, health authorities have reduced costs through some of our lowest-paid members, resulting in hardship for thousands of workers providing essential health care,” said Jennifer Whiteside, Secretary and Executive Director of the HEU. “And even worse, health authorities could change contractors without any protection for their employees, a workforce made up mostly of women and racialized workers.” The UHE retaliated and organized demonstrations, short-term occupations, picket lines and rallies. Business Secretary Chris Allnutt, President Fred Muzin and Finance Secretary Mary LaPlante were arrested for participating in a union blockade that brought bales of hay across the street to a Chilliwack industrial park where trucks full of dirty hospital laundry were supposed to drive to Calgary. With a 10-year private contract to supply clean linen to four Fraser Valley hospitals without local facilities, K-Bro Linen Systems transported millions of tonnes of laundry hundreds of kilometres to Calgary and back, taking with it 43 local union jobs. LaPlante recalled this incident during an oral history interview with the BCLHC in 2019. (Click CC in the lower-right corner to enable video subtitles.) At the bargaining table, HEU tried to stop the bleeding by accepting wage cuts but demanding better security, shock rights and severance pay. When employers responded with even more concessions, the anger of union members exploded. A whopping 89% of the strike votes led to pickets in hospitals across the province on April 25, 2004.
Three days later, the government introduced back-to-work legislation. Bill 37 passed at 6.m a.m., imposing a two-year contract on hospital workers and ordering the end of the strike. The UHE asked members to maintain their picket lines. Raj Chouhan, best known for his role as co-founder of the Canadian Agricultural Workers Union and for his current political positions as a Member of Parliament and Speaker of the House of Representatives in the provincial Parliament, was director of the Hospital Employees Union for more than a decade. In an interview with the BC Labour Heritage Centre for our South Asian Canadian Labour History Project, he recalled a promise made by Gordon Campbell in 1999 and what he called a “betrayal” after the election of the British Columbia Liberal provincial government. It was this incident that motivated him to move from the labour movement and community activism to provincial politics. “The success of members in this round of negotiations in the privatized support services sector is largely due to the actions members have taken – the petition campaign and the spring rally at St. John`s Hospital.
Paul, the massive strike votes in June, the successful collective action in late summer and early fall, and the many other expressions of solidarity,” Whiteside said. “By standing together – in the workplace or on the street outside – members` demands for a safer health care future and better pay could not be ignored by the four employers or health authorities.” Eighteen months of member trials and difficult negotiations in the field of contractually bound auxiliaries (CSSW) have finally resulted in a positive conclusion for 4,000 hemu members. On the 24th. In November, the last remaining ratification votes took place on Vancouver Island, concluding a new four-year contract for UHE housekeepers and food workers. CSSW members work for four multinational corporations in 40 acute and long-term care facilities in four health organizations – Vancouver Coastal/Providence, Fraser, Provincial Health Services and Vancouver Island. Source: On the Line: A History of the British Columbia Labour Movement. Rod Mickleburgh, 2018. BC Labour Heritage Centre Society. ==References=====External links===Laundry, food and domestic workers who earned $18 an hour found themselves unemployed. If they wanted to continue working, they had to reapply for their old, now non-unionized job at a meagre $10 an hour, with no guarantee that they would be hired. .