Large and growing, this component of the BCGEU represents members who provide health care in the community as governments move such services "closer to home".
Community health caregivers work in home support, drug and alcohol treatment centres, adult day care, detox and emergency shelters, women's clinics, services to seniors, mental health group homes, regional health units and other community-based health services. The 200 employers in the sector include both non-profit societies and corporations, all funded by the provincial government. The employers are represented in bargaining by the Health Employers' Association of B.C.
Our members who provide nursing care, personal care, housekeeping, building maintenance, laundry, activities, dietary, security and rehabilitation services at Riverview Hospital, Forensic Psychiatric Hospital, Maples Adolescent Treatment Centre, Youth Forensic Psychiatric Services, Victory Hill Residential School, the Lodge at Broadmead, and Oak Bay Lodge.
The BCGEU and Fleetwood exchanged bargaining proposals on October 15th and negotiations for three full days.
Your Bargaining Committee, along with Staff Representatives Chad McQuarrie and Jenny Ewing met with the Employer on October 20th and 21st.
Please be advised that the following members have been elected as the Bargaining Committee to represent members at Lifelabs.
Many of you are aware that the Union has filed a Union Grievance about incorrect calculations of seniority. Several of you have also filed individual grievances about your seniority.
BCGEU president Stephanie Smith gives members an update on the past weeks of busy activity within the union.
BCGEU members in the Victoria area are invited to spend some time with the new BCGEU president Stephanie Smith and members of the Provincial Executive.
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