Around 11PM Sunday night, a deal was announced between the Liberal government and the Liberal Union leadership. The deal will see workers wages slashed by 15% and a cap on the number of jobs that can be privatized.
This is essentially the same deal recently rejected by the HEU. Workers are pissed and threatening to wildcat. Get out and support HEU workers and the rights of BC families, workers and you! We need to let the government and trade union beaurocrats know we will not be sold out.
From the National Union of Public Employees
Vancouver - Labour unrest is growing in British Columbia rather than receding as each new day arrives following the passage of legislation ordering 43,000 striking health support employees back to work. The unprecedented legislation includes a 15% wage rollback and allows the government to continue contracting out jobs at will.
43,000 health care workers across the province defied "back-to-work" legislation Saturday, April 29th, keeping picket lines up at hospitals and care homes in the fourth day of an all-out strike. They were joined by about 100 BC Hydro workers who spontaneously walked off the job in a solidarity wildcat strike at three dams, without the authorization of their union. CUPE union workers may walk out tomorrow, or in the next few days.
VANCOUVER - Vancouver City Hall has been shut down by CUPE workers, who have set up a protest picket line in support of the hospital workers.
Many city workers have also joined the picket lines at Vancouver General Hospital.
Hospitals, Schools, Ferries, Hydro all affected by wildcatting workers - now is the time to push for a General Strike.
VANCOUVER - More than 160 employees of Deas Pacific Marine, which does all the maintenance work on the B.C. Ferry fleet, have served 72-hour strike notice.
Union spokesperson Andrew Tabbernor says if the two sides don't reach an agreement by Sunday afternoon, the workers will go out on strike.
VICTORIA - Students are being told to stay home on Friday in the Victoria, Saanich and Sooke school districts because of CUPE picket lines.
Teachers in Greater Victoria are not expected to cross those lines
April 28 - With unusual fanfare, the Bush administration rejected on
Wednesday an American labor organization's demand that China be
punished for gaining trade advantages by violating the rights of
By Andy Mathison
The nominations and elections for delegates to the Industrial, Wood
& Allied Workers (IWA) Local 1-3567's Annual Delegates Meeting (ADM)
at the end of May have come and gone, leaving some Rank & File
members dazed and disgruntled. Of course, this is not an unfamiliar
feeling amongst members of the infamous
VANCOUVER - Hospital Employees' Union head Chris Allnutt gave a clear directive to health workers Thursday to stay on the "protest line" in defiance of back-to-work legislation.
Picket lines remained up at hospitals across B.C., despite the passing into law of Bill 37 in the early morning hours.
The legislation, passed after an all-night legislative sitting, cuts salaries of health support workers and forces them into a longer work week for a total cut to wages and benefits totalling 15 per cent.
PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. - Nearly 100 Hydro tradesmen at three of the biggest dams in B.C. have begun a wildcat strike in support of the hospital workers.
Wayne McIvor is about 70 mechanics, millwrights, electricians, and labourers who walked off the job at the WAC Bennett Dam and the Peace Canyon Dam near Hudson's Hope
OTTAWA - A 25-year-old man installing a high-speed internet line in High River, Alberta died on Monday after he was crushed by an unattended backhoe.
In Sackville, N.B., on Saturday, a veteran CN Rail worker was crushed to death between two rail cars.
The two fatalities are the latest examples of the more than 900 people who die each year on the job.
PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. -
A Hospital Employees' Union spokesperson from northern B.C. says striking workers
may decide to defy any back-to-work legislation introduced by the provincial
The BC Common Front unconditionally supports the Hospital Employee's Union (HEU) and other health care unions in their struggle against the BC Liberals and their management lackeys in the BC Health Employer's Association (HEABC). The HEU's fight to protect their jobs and standard of living from the ravages wrought by privatization is, at the same time, a fight for a quality public health care system where both workers and patients are treated with dignity and respect.
Health unions representing 43,000 hospital and long-term care workers today
issued 72-hour strike notice - which will become effective mid-day Sunday,
April 25 - beginning with an overtime ban, but could expand to include
picket lines and other actions.
The announcement came in the wake of health employers' continued refusal to
put layoffs on hold during province-wide talks and move off their massive
wage concession demands worth $900 million over three years.