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HEU picketing at health facilities limited; direct employees guaranteed access to work

Direct employees of health authorities, including all HSA members, will have access to work in the event that HEU members in a first contract dispute with Sodexho erect picket lines. Each of the worksites affected has been designated locations where picketing is allowed, and access is guaranteed to ensure 100 per cent levels of service by direct employees of the health authorities.

The HEU members involved in the dispute are employees of Sodexho. Sodexho employees provide cleaning, dietary and other health support services at a number of hospitals and care facilities in the Lower Mainland, on the Sunshine Coast, and on Vancouver Island. Essential services will be maintained, ensuring that residents and patients receive meals and essential housekeeping services.

HSA members should be aware, however, that services may be withdrawn from Sodexho-operated retail operations such as public cafeterias.

The affected facilities are: Eagle Ridge Hospital, Mission General Hospital, MSA General Hospital, Rosewood Manor, Foyer Maillard, Central Care Home, Cedarview Lodge, Dogwood Manor, George Pearson Centre, GF Strong Centre, Squamish Hospital/Hilltop, Holy Family Hospital, Kiwanis Care Centre, Lions Gate Hospital Minoru Residence, Mount St. Joseph Hospital, Olive Devaud Residence, German Canadian, Powell River General Hospital, Richmond Hospital, Richmond Lions Manor, Shorncliffe Care Home, St. Mary's Hospital/Totem, St. Paul's Hospital, St. Vincent's Hospital - Brock Fahrni Pav., St Vincent's Hospital - Langara Site, VGH - Main Campus, VGH - HR and Banfield Pavillion, VGH - Eye Care Centre, UBC Hospital, Youville Residence.

Labour Relations Board order outlining specific access instructions, as well as picketing locations
(PDF file - Adobe Acrobat required - WARNING! large file - 1.13MB)

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