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BC Nurses’ Union urges Prime Minister to meet with Chief Theresa Spence

December 21, 2012

The BC Nurses’ Union has written to Prime Minister Stephen Harper urging him to show leadership and meet with Chief Theresa Spence of Attawapiskat First Nation More


BCNU comments on proposed Nurses (Licensed Practical) Regulation

December 21, 2012

BCNU has submitted comments to the BC Ministry of Health regarding the proposed Nurses (Licensed Practical) Regulation More


LPNs and healthcare employees in the Facilities Bargaining Association ratify contract

December 21, 2012

Licensed Practical Nurses and other health care employees in the Facilities Bargaining Association (FBA) have voted 91 per cent in favour of the two-year contract negotiated last month More


Pharmacare tie-in to drug benefit plan in nurses’ provincial contract starts February 1, 2013

December 20, 2012

In the last round of collective bargaining a PharmaCare tie-in was negotiated into the extended health plan More


BCNU radio ads – BCNU members honoured in seasonal message

December 13, 2012

BCNU is sponsoring radio ads throughout the province starting this week until the end of December More


Nominations Committee Election

December 10, 2012

BCNU members are called to nominate candidates for the Nominations Committee whose term will begin April 1, 2013 and run until August 31, 2016 More


Tis the Season…to Take Action

December 7, 2012

Tell the Premier to Keep the Promise of Safer Care More


Influenza policy enforcement provisions suspended

December 5, 2012

Temporary relief from the punitive aspects of the new influenza policy has been negotiated between HEABC and BCNU, along with other healthcare unions More


Public Service Nurses’ Bargaining Association signs tentative agreement

December 4, 2012

15th Nurses Master and Component Agreement is available for members to review at the links below More


Health Sciences Association (HSA) Job Action

December 4, 2012

BCNU has not been notified of any immediate job action by the Health Sciences Association (HSA) despite numerous media reports of possible job action by HSA this week More


BCNU demands CNA reverse support for compulsory vaccination

November 30, 2012

Members are encouraged to take action and make their voices heard More


Update on FBA Ratification process

November 29, 2012

Following the tentative agreement reached at the FBA Bargaining table, BCNU will be holding a number of meetings throughout the province to provide details of the settlement More


Facilities deal provides modest improvements for a diverse bargaining unit, but leaves nursing issues largely unresolved

November 26, 2012

At the request of the Facilities Bargaining Association this bulletin has been removed from the BCNU website, pending release of the details of the tentative agreement More


Tentative agreement reached for healthcare workers in the facilities sub-sector

November 26, 2012

BCNU will provide its response to the proposed deal at 5 pm today More


On December 6 take action to prevent violence against women

November 26, 2012

Remember the 1991 Montreal Massacre, learn that violence is a leading cause of workplace injuries More


LPN representatives elected for positions on Bargaining Committee and Council

November 22, 2012

The voting period for LPN representatives on Bargaining Committee and Council has closed More


BCNU makes strong contract gains for members at Williams Lake Seniors’ Village

November 16, 2012

The BC Nurses’ Union has signed a tentative contract with Williams Lake Seniors’ Village that makes strong contract gains for all BCNU members at the facility More


FBA negotiations resume Friday November 16

November 16, 2012

BCNU gains six FBA voting seats with transfer of 7,200 acute care LPNs to the nurses’ union More


Benefits to continue for PCA members waiting for LTD

November 16, 2012

The provision was negotiated as part of the recently-ratified new provincial contract More


New LPN practice regulations will lead to greater professional autonomy

November 9, 2012

HEU publishes inflammatory information about the impact of new nursing regulations in the health professions act More


BCNU members overwhelmingly support union’s position to abstain from FBA strike vote

November 8, 2012

FBA will head back to bargaining table to resume talks after FBA members provide strike mandate More


BCNU takes action against punitive flu policies

November 2, 2012

Health employers have imposed a new flu policy requiring that “all health care workers who come into contact with patients at publicly funded health care facilities or in the community, including at long-term care facilities, will need to get the influenza vaccine, or wear a mask during the flu season More


Facilities strike vote now closed

November 2, 2012

FBA will release results Saturday at 11 a.m. More


Abbotsford FBA meeting date corrected to October 29

October 27, 2012

The Abbotsford Facilities Bargaining Association membership/strike vote meeting date was initially published incorrectly More


Schedule for FBA membership/strike vote meetings

October 26, 2012

BCNU FBA members can get information on the FBA strike vote and can cast ballots at the meetings More


LPN Election 2012: Campaign underway for LPN representatives on Bargaining Committee and Council

October 26, 2012

BCNU Televote runs from November 19 to 21 More


BCNU recommends FBA members abstain from casting ballot in strike vote

October 24, 2012

BCNU LPNs were not consulted in the decision to take a strike vote, FBA needs to be rebalanced based on changed LPN representation More


BCNU will work to advance our members’ agenda in FBA bargaining

October 22, 2012

FBA decision to conduct a strike vote was done without consulting BCNU LPNs More


Nurses ratify new provincial contract

October 19, 2012

BCNU will work hard to ensure the contract is enforced, so members benefit from the new provisions addressing workload and job security More


Reminder: registration deadline for Human Rights Conference is October 26

October 18, 2012

The registration deadline for BCNU’s annual human rights conference entitled “Crossing Identity Borders” is October 26 More


Nurses to regain full access to Paramedical Benefits coverage

October 17, 2012

BCNU has succeeded in restoring nurses’ rights to unlimited coverage for paramedical services (physiotherapy, massage) available under the Pacific Blue Cross plan More


LPN Election Reminder: Deadline for Nominations is October 19

October 17, 2012

Important information for new BCNU members wishing to run for positions on the Bargaining Committee/Council More


LPNs are invited to attend BCNU’s December 7 human rights conference

October 17, 2012

BCNU is welcoming our new LPN members to our annual human rights conference entitled ‘Crossing Identity Borders’, on December 7th, 2012 at the Coast Stanley Park Hotel More


BCNU to review FBA strike vote and bargaining committee representation

October 15, 2012

The BC Nurses’ Union will review today’s announcement by the Facilities Bargaining Association that it plans to conduct a strike vote from October 22 until about November 5, 2012 More


LPN Transition Bulletin 1

October 15, 2012

Which LPNs are transitioning to BCNU? * Support for emergency workplace issues * Collective Bargaining for LPNs * Facilities collective agreement remains in effect More


BC Labour Relations Board certifies BCNU as LPNs’ new union

October 11, 2012

LPNs employed directly by health authorities and Providence should contact BCNU for labour relations support or licensing issues More


Information on proposed contract available on BCNU website

October 10, 2012

Please review the material before you participate in the ratification vote on October 18 More


Current LPN stewards are invited to join the BCNU steward team

October 10, 2012

BCNU has pledged to LPNs that currently elected LPN stewards will be invited to join the BCNU steward team More


LPN Bargaining Committee/Council Representatives, nomination form amended

October 9, 2012

The nomination form for the LPN Bargaining Committee/Council Representatives has been amended to include four spaces for nominators More


BCNU opens nominations for LPNs to elect LPN Bargaining Committee/Council Representatives

October 5, 2012

The BC Nurses' Union is honouring our Pledge to LPNs by immediately opening nominations for LPN Bargaining Committee/Council Representatives More


Licensed Practical Nurses vote decisively to change unions and join the BC Nurses’ Union

October 5, 2012

More than 7,200 LPNs will join BCNU, bringing greater strength and unity to the nursing profession More


A great deal in hard times

October 2, 2012

A message from BCNU President Debra McPherson about your proposed new Provincial Collective Agreement More


Tentative agreement reached with health employers

September 26, 2012

Nurses’ deal addresses safe staffing for safe patient care, job security, compensation. Details will be released after a key meeting next week More


BCNU offers workshop to help licensed IENs with communication skills

September 24, 2012

BCNU Workshop: Communicating at Work for Licensed Internationally Educated Nurses More


Join the BC Nurses Union Run for the Cure team

September 13, 2012

BCNU members, families and friends are all encouraged to register and participate in raising funds on September 30th More


Reminder: Deadline for proposed resolutions and by-law amendments is October 1

September 12, 2012

BCNU members wishing to submit any proposed resolutions or by-law amendments to Convention 2013 are reminded that the deadline for receipt of submissions is October 1, 2012 More


HEABC targets benefits at Facilities bargaining table

September 10, 2012

Negotiations for a new Facilities collective agreement resumed last week with health employers once again identifying benefits as an area where they want to cut costs More


Nurses’ negotiators are working hard for an agreement on members’ key priorities

September 7, 2012

Bargaining has been extremely challenging, because of the health employers’ mandate that any improvements must be funded through contract changes More


Victoria office moving to new location

September 5, 2012

The Victoria office is moving from its current location and will re-open in a new, nearby location next week More


BCGEU strike Wednesday September 5

August 31, 2012

BCNU members should report to work as usual More


AWP hearings scheduled Labour Day weekend

August 31, 2012

Two more days of hearings into the Coastal Health Authority’s (CHA) Attendance and Wellness Program (AWP) are scheduled over the Labour Day weekend in Richmond, BC. More


This Year on September 30, Run With BCNU

August 29, 2012

Run, walk or support BCNU’s 2012 CIBC Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation Run for the Cure multi-site team at a location near you More


BC’s Health Authorities’ new policy makes influenza vaccine or masks compulsory during flu season

August 28, 2012

BCNU supports influenza vaccination programs as a sound preventative health measure. However the union believes comprehensive education and good management practices a better approach than punishment More


Ministry of Labour releases list of LPNs who cast ballots

August 17, 2012

About 70% of eligible voters cast ballots in historic LPN representational vote More


HEU admits they have asked courts to strip LPNs of their democratic right to vote

August 14, 2012

By filing for judicial review HEU will try to use the court process to keep the LPN vote uncounted and cancel results of LPN ballot More


The union is concerned that HEU will try to block LPNs’ democratic right to change unions and ask the courts to keep the votes uncounted

August 10, 2012

BCNU moves to protect nurses’ democratic rights to change unions, asks Labour Board to move forward the counting of LPN ballots More


Learn more about the First Nations Health Authority

August 9, 2012

At the Gathering of Wisdom for a Shared Journey forum in May 2012, representatives of BC’s First Nations moved to establish Canada’s first provincial First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) More


Nurses to march in support of Musqueam’s 100th day standing vigil over ancestor’s remains

August 8, 2012

BCNU encourages members to attend event, promotes respectful dialogue and reconciliation More


Talks for a new Facilities collective agreement will resume in September

August 8, 2012

Collective bargaining for a new Facilities contract will resume in September, and the Facilities Bargaining Association is urging health employers to table all of their proposals when bargaining resumes. More


BCNU joins nurse leaders in call for Premiers to collaborate to improve care

July 26, 2012

BCNU’s Thompson North Okanagan Chair Christine Sorensen has joined other Canadian nurses’ union leaders in sending a strong message to Canada’s Premiers. More


Facilities talks resumed on July 18, progress continues to be slow

July 24, 2012

Negotiations for a new Facilities collective agreement resumed on Wednesday, July 18 and health employers have not yet tabled their entire package of demands. More


If you encounter a picket line

July 20, 2012

If you are a BCNU member and you encounter a picket line set up by another union, immediately contact your BCNU Regional Chair for information. More


Errors in 2010-2012 Provincial Collective Agreement Pay Grids

July 18, 2012

There are a number of errors in the pay grids found on pages 112-113 in the 2010-2012 Provincial Collective Agreement More


Bargaining session is constructive in several key areas

July 6, 2012

Unions table a comprehensive proposal on job security. Employer tables a response on responsive shift scheduling More


LPN ballots have been cast

June 29, 2012

Another process will get underway July 3 before the ballots can be counted. Results may not be available for several weeks More


Canada Day 2012: Members will receive stat holiday pay for working Monday July 2,
not for Sunday July 1

June 29, 2012

Under federal law, the statutory holiday for Canada Day 2012 will be Monday July 2, because July 1 falls on a Sunday. More


BCNU rejects “attendance management” programs

June 26, 2012

The union is prepared to take legal action against them. Do not attend any attendance meetings with management without your union rep More


BCNU celebrates National Aboriginal Day today

June 21, 2012

BCNU honours our First Nations members and all aboriginal communities in celebrating National Aboriginal Day today (June 21). More


Here’s the Winner in this year’s BCNU Day Quiz!

June 20, 2012

Barbara Daviduk is the proud owner of the new iPad, after completing this year’s BCNU Day Quiz More


FBA Bargaining will resume in July

June 12, 2012

Six days of negotiations for a new collective agreement covering 46,000 healthcare workers in the Facilities subsector have been scheduled to start on July 18. Negotiations for a renewed collective agreement began on February 7. More


This BCNU Day, enter to win the new iPad!

June 11, 2012

Remember to take the BCNU Day Quiz online between now and June 15 for your chance to win the new iPad! More


Health authority LPNs now voting to join BCNU

June 8, 2012

Balloting culminates a long campaign for democratic choice, follows Labour Board ruling that LPNs are an appropriate unit for bargaining More


Nurses’ negotiators working hard to resolve several issues

June 5, 2012

Bargaining between the Nurses’ Bargaining Association and the Health Employers Association of BC will resume the last week of June More


Celebrate BCNU Day — June 11, 2012

May 22, 2012

Enter our online quiz between May 28 and June 15 for your chance to win the new iPad! More


Labour Board orders vote so LPNs can cast ballots to join the BC Nurses’ Union

May 9, 2012

A case management meeting which will iron out vote details will be held in two weeks More


Printed copies of the 2010-2012 BCNU Provincial Collective Agreement (PCA) available

May 7, 2012

The 2010 – 2012 Provincial Collective Agreement (PCA)* has been printed and is ready for distribution to Council, stewards and BCNU members who are covered by this collective agreement. More


BCNU President On-Air for National Nursing Week

May 4, 2012

A new radio ad begins May 7th – BCNU President Debra McPherson asks British Columbians to acknowledge nurses during National Nursing Week More


Nurses' negotiators work hard on three key issues

April 27, 2012

While no resolutions have been reached, they'll pick up discussions when provincial bargaining resumes next month More


Join us in commemorating the Day of Mourning

April 25, 2012

On April 28, BCNU encourages members to reflect on all workers in Canada and around the world, injured or killed on the job More


Enter to attend CNA Biennial Convention

April 19, 2012

Nurses: Movers and Shapers — June 18-20, Westin Bayshore, Vancouver More


FBA bargaining continues

April 18, 2012

Negotiations for a new contract covering 43,000 healthcare workers continued last week and detailed discussions on a number of non-monetary issues have now been tabled. More


Facilities bargaining picks up pace, talks continue

April 12, 2012

The pace of negotiations for a renewed Facilities collective agreement has picked up as health unions tabled a substantial number of non-monetary proposals. More


Members re-elect Debra McPherson as President and elect Christine Sorensen as Vice President

April 5, 2012

The other candidate who ran for president is Paul Terpstra. The other candidates who ran for vice president are Kevin Barry, Janice Buchanan and Howard Searle. More


Safety & Health Week — focus on violence prevention

April 3, 2012

May 6 – 12 is Safety and Health Week – BCNU will focus on Violence Prevention Awareness More


BCNU election ends on April 5 at noon

April 2, 2012

Televote hotline (1-800-894-3311) remains open to help members vote More


Shannen's Dream — take a moment, make a difference

March 30, 2012

The Aboriginal Leadership Circle and BCNU's Human Rights and Diversity Committee would like to thank the delegates to this year's annual Convention for unanimously passing the emergency resolutions brought to the floor that addressed the ongoing inequities faced by Aboriginal People in Canada. More


BCNU Election hotline (1-800-894-3311) is open to help members vote

March 27, 2012

BCNU's election for the positions of president and vice president runs from 9 AM on March 19 to 12 Noon on April 5, 2012. More


Highlights of Convention 2012 now available on–line

March 23, 2012

They include highlights of the opening address by BCNU President Debra McPherson and the keynote presentation by Jill Furillo, National Nurses United (USA), about the successful fight for nurse/patient ratios in California. (Furillo's PowerPoint presentation will be added next week) More


Facilities bargaining will resume on March 28

March 23, 2012

Talks between the multi-union Facilities Bargaining Association (FBA) and the Health Employers Association of BC (HEABC) have continued to move slowly. More


Community Nurses – your bargaining committee seeks your input

March 22, 2012

In order to gather information to assist at the bargaining table, BCNU has developed a short survey aimed only at nurses working in the community and covered by the Provincial Collective Agreement. Questions relate to scheduling and work issues. More


BCNU election all-candidates forum now available on-line

March 21, 2012

The forum was held during the BCNU convention last week. More


BCNU encourages BC Cancer Agency nurses to complete survey

March 20, 2012

PHSA seeks input on Repetitive Strain Injury More


WIN A PASS to the 3rd International Conference on Violence in the Health Sector

March 16, 2012

Workplace violence is a significant issue facing BCNU members. Between 12 – 14% of accepted WorkSafe claims are as a result of violent incidents. More


Bargaining gains are reported to Convention 2012

March 15, 2012

Several agreements have been reached in advance of discussions on BCNU members' top priority: safe patient care through safe staffing More


BCNU has not yet discussed wages in provincial bargaining

March 14, 2012

The union wants to keep the employers' focus on members' number one priority — safe patient care through safe staffing More


BCNU supports women around the world in marking March 8 as International Women's Day (IWD)

March 7, 2012

Each year, March 8 provides an opportunity to take stock of our progress towards gender equality and to honour the contributions women have made and are making — both in Canada and around the world. More


Nurses' bargaining moving ahead

March 7, 2012

Slow but productive talks result in several agreements in principle from matters outstanding from the last round of bargaining. More


Facilities bargaining is moving slowly

March 6, 2012

Unions representing 43,000 employees in the Facilities Bargaining Association have met with health employers for approximately three weeks of discussions and bargaining is moving slowly. More


Nurses support teachers

March 5, 2012

BCNU members are encouraged to show your support by joining teachers in front of their schools and at other local actions. More


Election 2012 - Get ready to let your fingers do the voting

March 5, 2012

BCNU televote for president and vice president runs from March 19 to April 5. More


Labour Board announces a majority of LPNs at six health employers signed up with BCNU

February 28, 2012

LPNs will be voting soon to join the BC Nurses' Union and unite the nursing profession. More


Association of RNs of BC Consultation underway

February 24, 2012

BCNU encourages nurses to take part. The Association of RNs of BC, the new nursing organization currently in the early stages of development, is undertaking major consultation with nurses throughout the province. More


Facilities bargaining moving slowly, FBA unions seek fair and reasonable contract

February 21, 2012

After two weeks of negotiations, talks representing 43,000 health care workers in the Facilities Bargaining Association are moving slowly. More


Make your work place a bully free zone

February 17, 2012

Wednesday February 29, 2012 is Anti-Bullying Day, also known as "Pink Shirt" Day. This National day was first organized by two Nova Scotia students who organized a protest to support a grade 9 boy who was bullied for wearing a pink shirt. More


Protect your Pension: March 31, 2012 is a key date for members considering buying back pensionable service for unpaid LOAs

February 16, 2012

Members of the Municipal Pension Plan who took any unpaid leaves of absence during 2011 should mark March 31, 2012 on their calendars. More


February 29th is International Repetitive Strain Injury Awareness Day

February 7, 2012

The goal of this day is to highlight the causes of RSIs, the need to eliminate the causes, and the importance of fair compensation for workers disabled by RSI More


BCNU ELECTION 2012

February 2, 2012

Candidates For BCNU President And Vice President On Web More


BCNU launches new website at bcnu.org

February 2, 2012

Our aim is to give members more opportunities to connect with the union and engage with our activities More


Election 2012 — Nominations for March 19 to April 5 election for BCNU president and vice president is now closed

January 17, 2012

Nominations have now closed for the upcoming BCNU election for the positions of president and vice president. More


Riverview Hospital career transition services

January 17, 2012

PHSA is offering career transition services to nurses working at Riverview Hospital who are affected by displacements. More


Call for Nominations for BCNU Election

January 5, 2012

Nomination papers for BCNU president and vice president must be submitted by 5 PM, January 16, 2012 More



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