Component 8 - Community Health Services

As a Component 8 Community Health Services member, you are covered by the Community Health Sub-Sector Collective Agreement.

BCGEU is structured to have 12 regions divided amongst 11 Components.

Community Health became their own component in the beginning of 2011 and we represent over 9000 members across BC. This includes members employed in the health authorities, home support agencies, non-direct government and others in the private sector.

Who are we:
Workers in this sector work in three main areas:

1) About half of the sector are Community Health Workers. These are care givers who travel throughout our communities to provide essential care including medical and support services. This allows many of our most vulnerable seniors the choice to remain in their own home. They also assist other who are unable to care for themselves.

2) Some workers in this sector provide services to those who suffer from mental health and addiction issues.

3) Others work out of community based facilities providing administrative health services and other medical services such as arranging immunization clinics and preserving the integrity of vaccines.

Bargaining Updates

Jul 27, 2016

Currently we are speaking with your employer regarding bargaining dates. We hope bargaining will start in late September.

Jun 29, 2016

Your Bargaining Committee has met with the employer on four separate days. We are currently discussing scheduling and seniority issues. Talks will proceed throughout the summer.

Mar 30, 2016

To:    All Members, Health Services & Support Community Subsector

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Component News

Jul 26, 2016

Employers are working on implementing the comparability increases following Arbitrator Vince Ready's decision regarding which benchmarks/classifications will be eligible to receive those increases.

Jul 14, 2016

Please be advised that there are vacancies for six (6) Stewards in three (3) geographic regions to represent members at WE Care. The three (3) geographic regions are: 

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Media Coverage

Feb 29, 2016

Community Health Services Vice President Carla Dempsey spoke up for Component 8 members and the crisis in home support on the 6 o'clock CTV news, Friday February 26, 2016.

Oct 16, 2015

Laid-off home care workers from St. Elizabeth's want back on the job, say seniors' service reduced.

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