BC Nurses' Union (BCNU)

BCNU is largest nursing organization in BC, and the only union to offer services to nurses related to all four domains of nursing: research, clinical practice, leadership, and education. We are committed to defending nurses' individual rights as well as the nursing profession, and are the only health care union that has a long and successful track record of gains in wages and working conditions.

Our Mission Statement, Vision and Values

What is BCNU's mission statement?
The British Columbia Nurses’ Union protects and advances the health, social and economic well-being of our members, our profession and our communities.

What is BCNU's vision statement?
The British Columbia Nurses’ Union will be the champion for our members, the professional voice of nursing and the leading advocate for publicly funded health care.

What are BCNU's values?
The seven core values listed below support the vision and mission of the BCNU and reflect key behaviors that guide our daily actions.

As a member driven organization:

  1. Collectivity
  2. Democracy
  3. Equality
  4. Excellence
  5. Integrity
  6. Social Justice
  7. Solidarity

Our Mandate and Our Future

BCNU's vision is outline in our Strategic Plan. Our key priorities are to enhance BCNU capacity to respond to and protect our number one priority, our members; advance the health, socio-economic status, work-life balance and workplace safety of our members; engage the public and members to champion and improve our publicly funded and delivered health care system and protect it from further erosion; increase and strengthen our membership and affiliations; and be the professional voice of nursing.

Our History

Key Dates and Milestones

The BCNU formed in February 1981, after the labour relations division of the Registered Nurses Association of BC (RNABC) broke away and formed a separate, independent union. Two hundred nurses gathered at Victoria’s Empress Hotel to attend BCNU's founding convention on June 11, 1981.
1981: BCNU formed
1980s: BCNU organized campaigns to bring long term care nurses into the union with improved wages and conditions
1988: the Legal Expense Assistance Plan (now known as Licensing, Education, Advocacy, and Practice (LEAP)) was established to assist members charged in relation to professional practice incidents
1992: BCNU launched its first anti-violence campaign in support of nurses injured on the job as a result of violence
1993: Employment Security Agreement was reached
1994: BCNU joins the National Federation of Nurses Unions (now known as CFNU)
2001: 25% wage increase over 3 years
2006: The Retiree Benefit Program was negotiated, which provides funding for inflation protection and benefits for BCNU retirees
2008: Funding for the inaugural 3 Year Nursing Co-op program at BCIT, aided by $1M negotiated by BCNU
2012: The Nurses' Bargaining Association (NBA), led by BCNU, negotiates a landmark collective agreement that gives nurses the tools to reduce heavy workload, improve patient care and adds more RN/RPN positions; more than 7,200 LPNs vote to change unions and join BCNU, bringing our total membership numbers to more than 40,000
2013: Bill 18 was signed into law, expanding the definition of 'nurse' to include LPNs, allowing them to negotiate alongside fellow nurses in the NBA. Prior to this, while they had joined BCNU the year before, LPNs were represented by the Facilities Bargaining Association
2013: BCNU breaks ground on new expansion of provincial offices
2014: UPN merger
Today, BCNU represents more than 42,000 members, most covered by a single provincial contract. This contract is used as a standard for BCNU members working in private for-profit facilities.

To learn more, please visit: https://www.bcnu.org/

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