Housekeeping

Fraser Health welcomes back 474 housekeeping workers

People accessing health care in the Lower Mainland are enjoying more stable, consistent and supportive patient care as 474 housekeeping workers return as Fraser Health employees.

This change comes after almost 20 years of subcontracting these workers to private companies.

“Reintegrating health service workers into the public system means better working conditions for them, better care for patients and a stronger health system for all of us,” said Adrian Dix, Minister of Health. “I am proud of Fraser Health for the incredible repatriation efforts they have made so far.”

Health authorities and Providence Health Care continue to repatriate workers under Bill 47, bringing about 4,000 workers back into the public system.

In July 2022, another 474 housekeeping workers will be repatriated to 18 Fraser Health sites:

  • Delta Hospital
  • Mansion with mountain view
  • Hospice Irene Thomas
  • Langley Memorial Hospital
  • Rosewood
  • marwood
  • Cedar Hill
  • maple hill
  • Ridge Meadows Hospital
  • Baillie House
  • Surrey Memorial Hospital
  • CareLife Fleetwood
  • Czorny Alzheimer Center
  • Fellburn Care Center
  • Queen’s Park Care Center
  • Peace Ark Hospital
  • Dr. Al Hogg Pavilion
  • Peace Arch Hospital Foundation Pavilion

“Bill 47 helps bring more housekeeping workers in-house and keeps them safe and secure,” said Mable Elmore, Parliamentary Secretary for Seniors Services and Long-Term Care. “Our goal is to create a stronger British Columbia for all, and that means making sure our health care system and the health care service workers who provide lifesaving care to people every day are supported. .

To tackle inequalities and improve the working conditions of employees in healthcare facilities, the government is ensuring that workers receive the benefits, wages and working conditions they deserve to be able to help patients. Evidence has shown that employees who feel safe in their jobs provide better quality care to people and, in turn, employers can attract and retain staff at a higher and more consistent level.

Following the initial announcement on August 30, 2021, health authorities and Providence Health Care served notice under 21 commercial service contracts and began a phased approach to repatriate housekeeping and food service contracts , starting with Island Health.

Work to reintegrate health service workers into the public system began in 2019, when the province enacted Bill 47 (The Health Industry Acts Repeal Act). Bill 47 repealed the Health and Social Services Delivery Improvement Act (Bill 29) and the Health Sector Partnership Agreements Act (Bill 94) , which had facilitated outsourcing in the health sector and had a significant impact on the workforce.

In 2020, the process was launched with North Island Hospitals, who spearheaded the decision, independent of Bill 47, to recruit 150 contract workers to hospitals in Campbell River and of Comox Valley.

Quotation:

Harry Bains, Minister of Labor –

“All workers deserve stable employment that treats them with dignity and respect. Years ago, dedicated people who worked hard to provide quality services to support their families unjustly lost their jobs. They had to reapply — at lower wages and without pre-negotiated seniority and other collective bargaining protections — for their own positions. I am so happy to see that this terrible injustice is now corrected.

Dr. Victoria Lee, President and CEO, Fraser Health –

“Our housekeepers are essential to providing the highest quality care to our patients, clients and residents, and I am very pleased to welcome hundreds more to the Fraser Health family this summer. Their work has strengthened our health care system, and I know they will continue to have a positive impact in our region as Fraser Health employees for years to come.

Meena Brisard, Secretary-Business Manager, Union of Hospital Employees (SHE) –

“Hospital cleaners are essential to patient care and safety. Bringing them together with the healthcare team recognizes their essential work and improves their lives by providing better wages and benefits, resulting in less turnover and an improved public healthcare system for all of us. What we have learned from the past 20 years of privatization is that contracting out has a disproportionate impact on women and racialized health care workers. We can do better, and today we are doing it.

Learn more:

Learn more about Bill 47: https://archive.news.gov.bc.ca/releases/news_releases_2017-2021/2018HLTH0102-002147.htm

For the August 30, 2021 announcement on Bill 47: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2021HLTH0157-001703

A backgrounder follows.