VANCOUVER, Sept. 8, 2011 /CNW/ - Hospital Employees' Union secretary-business manager Judy Darcy is
stepping down from her position as the union's chief negotiator and
spokesperson, a job she's held since 2005.
She is making the move after her successful bid for the NDP nomination
in New Westminster where she'll be a candidate for election in 2013.
As HEU's chief negotiator, Darcy led the union through two successful
rounds of province-wide collective bargaining in 2006 and 2010.
Darcy also led settlement negotiations with the provincial government
after the Supreme Court of Canada ruled in 2007 that its
contract-breaking legislation imposed five years earlier violated union
members' charter-protected right to collective bargaining.
"It's been a real honour for me to work with and represent HEU members
for the last six-and-a-half years," says Darcy.
"They are at the heart of health care and have shown unwavering
commitment to their patients, residents and clients through the most
difficult of times and in the most trying of circumstances."
HEU's president Ken Robinson says that Darcy's leadership was critical
to rebuilding the union after a difficult strike and years of job
losses due to privatization of health services.
"We have a strong, progressive and growing union today and that's in no
small part due to Judy's considerable leadership skills," says
"She's also built a strong leadership team that will take our union
forward," adds Robinson.
Darcy's resignation is effective September 12 at which time the union
will be announcing her successor to members.
Darcy first became a union activist as a Toronto library worker and
eventually became the national president of the Canadian Union of
Public Employees - Canada's largest union. She held that position for
Founded in 1944, HEU represents more than 43,000 workers in hospitals,
long-term care facilities, assisted living, community services and
First Nations health centres in both the public and private sector. HEU
is an occupationally diverse union that includes both direct patient
care and support roles.
SOURCE Hospital Employees' Union
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Mike Old, communications director, 604-828-6771 (cell)