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Component 1 includes members who work as Correctional Officers in provincial prisons and as Deputy Sheriffs for the B.C. Sheriff Services.


June 21, 2021

BCGEU response to B.C. Ombudsperson report & next steps - BCGEU

On Tuesday, June 15, the Office of the Ombudsperson of B.C. released a report describing the office's investigation into the use of separate confinement at the youth custody centres in Burnaby and Prince George. The report makes 26 recommendations related to the use of separate confinement and other issues in youth custody. Read the full report, entitled Alone: The Prolonged and Repeated Isolat...

June 03, 2021

BC Human Rights Tribunal’s decisions re: Levan Francis - BCGEU

On May 5, BCGEU President Stephanie Smith and Component 1 Vice President Dean Purdy met with Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Farnworth, senior ministry staff and senior leadership at BC Corrections to discuss the Ministry's plans to address the institutional and other factors identified by the BC Human Rights Tribunal (BCHRT) in the Levan Francis decision. Members in correc...

May 05, 2021

FRCC Mbrs- Remembering Bikramdeep Randhawa - BCGEU

Dear FRCC members,It is with heavy hearts that we offer our deepest condolences to all of you on the loss of your friend and colleague, Bikramdeep Randhawa. While the loss of any member under any circumstance is a tragedy we understand that Bikramdeep's youth and the sudden, violent, and public nature of his death make this loss harder to bear.  Correctional officers are an extraordinarily tigh...

May 03, 2021

Remembering Component 1 member Bikramdeep Randhawa

On behalf of 80,000+ members across the province, the BCGEU offers our deepest condolences to the family, friends, and loved ones of Local 104 member Bikramdeep Randhawa as they grieve his sudden and senseless death on Saturday, May 1st. While the loss of any member under any circumstance is a tragedy, Bikramdeep's youth and the violent, and public nature of his death make this loss harder to b...

April 23, 2021

BCSS Survey Results - BCGEU

As you may be aware, our union conducted an occupational health survey for all unionized BCSS members earlier this spring. The intent of the survey was to collect information on members' back and hip issues, and then use the survey results to review the current equipment set up for staff. There was a total of 219 survey respondents. Some key survey findings include: 84% of respondents indicat...

April 21, 2021

Youth Custody 40 Hour Work Week Vote - BCGEU

In the last round of bargaining six out of seven Component 1 Locals put forward proposals for a 40-hour work week. Since then joint committees for Adult Corrections, Sheriffs and Youth Custody have been working on 40-hour work week proposals to be submitted to Government for review. Between May 1 – 14, 2021 you will have an opportunity to vote on a Youth Custody 40 hour work week proposal. Loca...

March 15, 2021

Leave For Vaccinations - BCGEU

Your union understands the need to book your vaccination at the earliest opportunity, and this may result in having to do so during regularly scheduled working hours. If so, you are entitled to a leave with pay under Article 20.11 of the Collective Agreement. If you have difficulty obtaining a leave for your vaccination, please refer your supervisor to the following new Public Service FAQ, upda...

March 05, 2021

News for BCGEU members in the B.C. public service: grid classification - BCGEU

We have news about a change in paygrades and the grid 14 classification. Briefly, employees classified as grid 14 of the wage scale will be moving to grid 15. A joint communication with the Public Service Agency has been created to explain the changes, and how they will impact members. You can view it here. This takes effect April 1, 2021 and reflects changes made to the public service job eval...

March 04, 2021

International Women's Day – Pink Masks - BCGEU

The BCGEU and BC Corrections are supporting International Women's Day (IWD) this year by inviting staff to wear a pink mask. This year's IWD campaign theme is #ChooseToChallenge The pink masks are provided and funded by BCGEU Component 1 Corrections & Sheriff Services, and will be available at the entrance of your work place on March 8, 2021. Thanks to Component 1 Women's Representative Te...