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About 510 delegates from nearly 200 HEU locals from across B.C. converged on Richmond Sunday evening for what could be a watershed convention for the union.

But theres some important history to celebrate too. Its been 60 years since HEU was founded as the Hospital Employees Federal Union Local 180 back in 1944. And its the 24th biennial convention of the union HEUs first biennial convention was held in 1958 in Penticton.

And delegates are marking ten years since they started meeting in tents in Richmond though this year theres a new lower longer model with a lower roof and straighter walls.


Abby P3 link to Dutch Bank alarming
The Abbotsford News (Oct. 16) reports that the U.S. Federal Reserve alleged that ABN Amro (New York branch) was moving funds of “questionable origin” resulting in the bank severing relationships with 100 banks in East Europe and the Caribbean. Regulators were worried about charges of money laundering. The bank is a key partner in the consortium thats finalizing a contract to build the P3 hospital in Abbotsford. HEU has written government to demand a thorough review that is transparent, open and accessible to the public prior to the issuing of the contract.”

New members on the Island
Nanaimo Daily News (Oct. 16): reports workers at Nanaimo Seniors Village, including licensed practical nurses, care aids and activity aids, have voted overwhelmingly in favour of joining the Hospital Employees’ Union.

Peace Arch food under microscope
The Peace Arch News (Oct. 15) reports that the Fraser Health Authority will implement a five-point plan to improve the cook-chill meals its feeding patients and residents at Peace Arch Hospital. The move comes after White Rock local chairperson Megan Korol raised the issue with CKNW talk show host Jennifer Mather who panned the rethermalized offerings throughout her show last week.

Health and safety reps can use their legal rights to organize, mobilize and take action. Talk it over with Mae Burrows of the Labour Environmental Alliance. Bring your lunch: 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in Minoru A.

Also Monday:
Get key pads noon to 2 p.m. in West 1&2
Score computer equipment. The silent auction continues Rm. 179 from 5 to 9 p.m.
Meet candidates from 7 to 9 p.m. in Minoru A, B and C.