COMPONENT 1 - CORRECTIONS & SHERIFF SERVICES

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

NEWS & UPDATES

September 14, 2017

Corrections & sheriffs’ wage/ retention crisis raised with new ministers - BCGEU

BCGEU senior leaders took concerns of correctional officers and deputy sheriffs right to the top in back-to-back meetings with the new BC NDP Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Farnworth and Attorney General David Eby. BCGEU President Stephanie Smith and BCGEU Vice President, Component 1 Corrections and Sheriff Services, Dean Purdy presented a detailed proposal from Component ...

September 12, 2017

An injury to one is an injury to all: Show your support at PoCo Courthouse! -...

In April of this year, a corrections officer at North Fraser Pretrial Centre was the victim of a violent and targeted attack.  The court date for the inmate accused in this cowardly attack on our member has been set for Thursday, September 14, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at the Port Coquitlam Courthouse. Your union is asking corrections officers to attend this sentencing hearing in order to support our m...

September 12, 2017

Shortage of sheriffs in Nanaimo causes court - BCGEU

The union representing Nanaimo sheriff services is hoping a meeting this week with B.C.'s Attorney General will curb a declining workforce causing court delays. Dean Purdy, B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union's corrections and sheriff services vice-president, said sheriffs – peace officers for courts – are underpaid and losing membership to higher-paying police jobs.   Read more...

September 11, 2017

B.C. budget delivers on key priorities for British Columbians - BCGEU

BURNABY – The BC NDP government's first budget update delivers on commitments to re-invest in critical public services this year, the B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) said today. The government will increase public service staffing levels by more than 600 positions, addressing the critical need for additional social workers, park rangers, environmental management staff and c...

September 08, 2017

B.C. throne speech focuses on real needs of British Columbians - BCGEU

BURNABY – The B.C. NDP government's first throne speech is a transitional roadmap that steers the province toward a progressive future, the B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) said today.  "The throne speech strikes a positive tone and commits the government to focus on the real needs of our citizens," says BCGEU president Stephanie Smith. "The former government spent 16 years ...

September 01, 2017

Celebrating Labour Day 2017

This Labour Day we celebrate not only the great legacy of the labour movement in British Columbia, and across Canada, but today’s movement that continues to grow and evolve as we stand up for all working people. Representing members across all sectors of the economy, we welcomed 3,000 workers into our union this past year, growing our membership to over 73,000! And in the last 12 months, we’ve ...

August 31, 2017

Corrections & Sheriffs Recruitment & Retention issues must be addressed - BCGEU

Dear Component 1 members,   You and I both know how important issues of recruitment and retention are in Corrections and Sheriffs Services. Closing the pay gap between our ministries and police agencies is the best way to address this.   The Victoria Times Colonist recently published this article on the topic that I want to share with you: Province looks at ways to solve sheriff shortage   Your...

August 30, 2017

BCGEU applauds the housing minister’s decision to review caps on rental price...

The BCGEU applauds housing minister Selina Robinson’s announcement that the new NDP government, in an effort to stabilize rental prices, will look into changing the guidelines that cap the amount by which landlords are allowed to hike rental prices year after year. The rising cost of housing is having a very real impact on working people in B.C. As housing prices have increased faster than wage...

August 30, 2017

Report highlights need to provide greater supports to unpaid caregivers in se...

The B.C. Government & Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) commends the report released today by the Office of the Seniors Advocate, Caregivers in Distress: A Growing Problem. This report highlights a worrying trend of increased distress among unpaid caregivers, and makes recommendations to provide them with greater supports as the needs of B.C.'s aging population become increasingly complex. T...

August 25, 2017

Getting ready for steward elections – Coming after Labour Day - BCGEU

Informed, active stewards are the backbone of our union, and elections to choose the stewards in our workplaces are coming up.   Becoming a steward is a great way to ensure that everyone at your workplace is treated fairly and that the hard-won improvements in our collective agreements are upheld.   Information packets on this year's steward elections will be mailed out to stewards starting aft...

August 24, 2017

Labour Day Celebration - BCGEU

To: Area 11 BCGEU Members Re: Labour Day Celebration     The Labour Day Organizing Committee and North Central Labour Council has organized a Labour Day celebration and march. Everyone is welcome!   Please join the Labour Movement to celebrate Past-Present-Future fighting for the rights of all.   Date: Monday, September 4, 2017   Time: 11:00 am March through downtown (start at PG City Hall) 12...

August 23, 2017

Workers rally against privatization at the Department of National Defence, Ph...

Victoria – Federal public service workers are rallying in Esquimalt to highlight the dangers involved in contracting out maintenance in the governments new multi-billion-dollar shipbuilding plans and to call on the government to do more to fix the problem-plagued Phoenix pay system. The federal government recently awarded an $800-million contract to perform future maintenance and repair work on...

August 23, 2017

BCGEU remembers first woman president - BCGEU

It's hard not to think of Joan Gower Gillatt as the first woman of the BCGEU. Not the first woman member, but our union's first woman trailblazer. Joan passed away on August 10, 2017 in Duncan. She was 93. __________ A service will be held for Joan Gower Gillatt on:Friday, August 25, 20171:00 pmDuncan United Church, 246 Ingram Street, Duncan, B.C. _________ Joan's was a life of community servic...

August 17, 2017

Federal prisons need to be on a tight leash - BCGEU

Correctional Service Canada quietly removed caged-in exercise pens at the isolation unit of a federal prison in Alberta over the weekend. Good. Dismantling the structures, which were better suited to dog kennels than prisons, is the correct decision. Full credit is due to CSC management for making it – with a caveat.   Read more...

August 16, 2017

Standing against hatred in our communities - BCGEU

As I read reports and watch coverage of the events unfolding in Charlottesville, it saddens me to see the rise of hateful, intolerant rhetoric in our public discourse. These bigoted beliefs have no place in the just and equitable society that so many BCGEU members fight to achieve every day.   Nonetheless, it's inspiring to see so many members of the Charlottesville community and activists acro...

August 14, 2017

Labour Day Picnic - BCGEU

The BCGEU Area 01Cross Component Committee invites all BCGEU members and their families to participate in the 29TH Annual Labour Day Event(hosted by the Victoria Labour Council)     Date: Monday, September 4th - 2017Time: 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.Location: On the Lawn of the BC Legislature   Please join us for an afternoon of fun for the whole family! We will have games, clowns, a bouncy castle an...

August 11, 2017

Community health workers avoid strike action, negotiate tentative agreement -...

BC Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) members have reached a tentative agreement with their employer, We Care Home Health Services, a decision that came late last night before a rotating strike was set to begin this morning. After joining the union last July, the BCGEU bargaining committee began negotiations to improve working conditions for the 221 community health workers at the ...

August 11, 2017

Casino workers vote overwhelmingly in favour of job action against Great Cana...

August 11, 2017   Casino workers vote overwhelmingly in favour of job action against Great Canadian Casinos   Workers at River Rock Casino this week voted 99.4 per cent in favour of a strike if necessary to back their contract proposals. In nearly a year of negotiations between the BCGEU and the employer, Great Canadian Casinos, the two sides have failed to achieve a first collective agreement....