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 12 Components.

Community Health recently became their own component in the beginning of 2011 and we represent over 8000 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

Feb 3, 2014

Members of the multi-union Community Health Bargaining Association (CBA) have voted 78.8% in favour of accepting a new collective agreement with the Health Employers’ Association of BC (HEABC).

Jan 22, 2014

Voting on the new community health tentative collective agreement closes on Friday, January 31.

Dec 16, 2013

The Community Health Bargaining Association (CBA) reached a tentative agreement in late November for the over 15,000 union members working in the community health sector across the province.

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Component News

Oct 24, 2014

BCGEU president Stephanie Smith gives members an update on the past weeks of busy activity within the union.

Oct 23, 2014

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.

Oct 16, 2014

On October 18th we celebrate Health Care Assistant Day in BC.

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Media Coverage

Sep 6, 2014

Read the Vancouver Sun feature article on home support with comments from BCGEU President Stephanie Smith and BCGEU community health member Mona Morgan.