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

March 14, 2017

Sheriffs from Kamloops and Vancouver requested to work in Victoria to address...

As a result of the ongoing sheriff shortage, Kamloops Sheriff Services has begun flying deputy sheriffs to the Victoria courthouse on Sundays for overtime, taking care of their meals and accommodation. This arrangement is expected to continue for approximately the next six months in order to help mitigate the ongoing sheriff staffing crisis. We’ve recently been made aware that Vancouver deputy...

March 13, 2017

Health Ministry to take over care of B.C. inmates

A private, for-profit company will no longer provide health care to inmates, after the B.C. government’s decision to transfer inmate care to the Health Ministry from the Public Safety Ministry.    Read more...

March 08, 2017

We stand in solidarity with the Jewish Community in Vancouver

The BCGEU expresses its condemnation of the bomb threat made to a Vancouver Jewish Community Centre last night. This kind of violence and anti-Semitism must not be tolerated. We stand in solidarity with the Jewish Community, and the families affected by this event. We are also heartened by expressions of support British Columbians are extending to the Jewish Community as we stand against hate ...

March 07, 2017

Happy International Women?s Day - Will you #BeBoldForChange?

Today, we?re proud to celebrate International Women?s Day 2017 ? Be Bold for Change. International Women?s Day is a day to celebrate the valuable achievements women have made across the world and a time to reflect on the progress made to advance equality for women. Despite these successes, we recognize that there are still many barriers and challenges that remain in working towards gender parit...

March 07, 2017

OHS Courses for Direct Government OHS Committee Members in the Lower Mainland...

"2 Day Joint OHS Committee Training" will be held on Tuesday, March 21 and Wednesday, March 22, 2017. "Ergonomics" will be held on Thursday, March 23, 2017. These courses will be held at the Burnaby Head Office? 4911 Canada Way, Burnaby from 9:00 am - 4:30 pm. In the Joint OHS Committee Training course you will learn: Worker OHS rights, including the refusal of unsafe work procedure OHS le...

March 06, 2017

OHS Course - Vancouver Area - Prevention of Workplace Violence - Wednesday, A...

To all Labour Code OHS Committee Members in the Vancouver Area "Prevention of Workplace Violence" will be held on Wednesday, April 19. This course will be held at the BCGEU office at #130-2920 Virtual Way, Vancouver from 9:00 am - 4:30 pm In the Prevention of Workplace Violence you will learn: The legislative requirements for a violence prevention program The definition of workplace viole...

March 06, 2017

Local 102 Alternate Delegate

Re:  50th BCGEU Triennial Constitutional Convention –        Local 102 Alternate Delegate The results of Local 102 call for nominations for one Alternate Convention Delegate has acclaimed Mike Redlick as the Local 102 Alternate Delegate for the 50th BCGEU Triennial Constitutional Convention. In solidarity Shane Rush Local 102 Chairperson Download PDF of notice here Local 467/ MoveUP  

March 02, 2017

Learn more about the benefits provider transition happening on April 1.

A lot of questions and comments came in with the benefits provider transition announcement in January.  Download a PDF version an information bulletin from the Public Services Agency. (March 2, 2017)

March 02, 2017

New Employee and Family Assistance Program contract announced

Effective April 1, 2017, the contract for providing Employee and Family Assistance Services (formerly referred to as Employee and Family Assistance Program or EFAP) will change. The contract with the current provider, Homewood Health, expires on March 31, 2017. The new provider, Morneau Shepell, will assume the contract on April 1, 2017. For the first time, the BCGEU participated in the Request...

March 02, 2017

Pressure escalating on BC government to fix sheriff shortage

Last week, a shortage of courthouse sheriffs resulted in two accused cocaine and heroin traffickers being freed without facing trial. This prompted extensive province-wide media coverage in which your Component Vice President Dean Purdy spoke on behalf of the BCGEU. “I think the public would find it infuriating that two drug dealers walked free because there weren't enough sheriffs available t...

March 01, 2017

BCGEU partner APSIES in El Salvador - women's empowerment

Supported through CoDevelopment Canada, APSIES is a grassroots organization that works in five rural municipalities in southeastern El Salvador to mobilize citizens to protect and enhance publicly-funded healthcare and other social services. APSIES takes a comprehensive approach to health as a human right, with a special emphasis on women?s empowerment primarily through education and capacity-b...

February 27, 2017

Second drug case tossed on ‘another day of severe sheriff shortages’

An alleged heroin trafficker, sitting in the prisoner’s box, smiled when a B.C. Supreme Court justice stayed three criminal charges against him because no sheriff was available for his trial on Wednesday.    Read More...

February 27, 2017

Shortage of sheriffs exposes ‘failure to put public safety first’

The NDP is blaming provincial government cost-cutting for the fact an alleged cocaine trafficker was freed because a sheriff was not available to escort him from Victoria courthouse cells to a courtroom.    Read More..

February 27, 2017

Accused drug dealer walks free because no sheriff available at Victoria court...

A B.C. Supreme Court justice freed an accused cocaine trafficker Friday because there was no sheriff to lead the man from a cell in the Victoria courthouse to the courtroom.    Read More...

February 25, 2017

Remembering Millie Canessa: July 20, 1927 - February 19, 2017

Mildred ?Millie? Irene Canessa July 20, 1927 - February 19, 2017 Long-time trade unionist and social activist Millie Canessa passed away Sunday morning. An ardent defender of human rights and social justice causes including gender equality and workers' rights, Millie dedicated most of her life to bettering her community. Millie joined the Government Employees' Association in 1967, prior to t...

February 24, 2017

“Balanced” Budget 2017 tips the scales pre-election

BC Budget 2017 This week, the BC Liberals delivered a pre-election budget with uncharacteristic commitments to new spending. In his budget speech, Finance Minister Mike de Jong boasted about the province’s ability to make service and program investments after so many years of discipline and sacrifice by British Columbians. Indeed—albeit on the heels of intense public and media pressure—there ...

February 24, 2017

CKNW: Why is there a lack of Sheriffs at the Victoria courthouse?

BCGEU Component 1 Vice President Dean Purdy joined CKNW’s Simi Sara to discuss the sheriff shortage.  

February 23, 2017

Component 1 Executive Meeting with senior WCB officials – Disappointing

On Tuesday, Component 1 Vice President Dean Purdy and Component Executive members Brian Campbell and Brandon Cox met with senior Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) officials to discuss the dramatic increase in violence inside all nine provincial jails. There was a review and discussion around the results of WCB inspections at Kamloops Regional Correctional Centre (KRCC), Vancouver Island Region...

February 23, 2017

BCGEU supports report recommendation for more legal aid and court funding

The BCGEU commends the work of the Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch, for its recently released report An Agenda for Justice: Platform considerations. The report outlines serious issues facing B.C.’s legal system and makes numerous recommendations to improve services. The recommendations supported by the BCGEU include: Increased funding for family law legal aid; Increased funding for sta...

February 23, 2017

2017 Media Coverage

Mar. 17: Union boss tours prison - Castanet Media Coverage of sherriff shortage in court system: Mar. 16: Sheriffs flown in to Victoria to cover shortfall, union says - Times Colonist Mar. 14: Kamloops sheriffs helping Victoria with 'crisis' shortage in courthouse - Infonews Mar. 14: B.C government to increase number of graduating sheriffs this year - CBC News Feb. 24: CKNW: Why is th...

February 23, 2017

Premier Clark should keep her promise to fix the sheriff shortage

For Immediate Release The current crisis in our court system was flagged as a major problem years ago and Premier Christy Clark should keep her promise to British Columbians to fix the sheriff shortage in B.C. courts, says the B.C. Government and Service Employees’ Union. In 2011, Premier Clark called a news conference and announced that her government was taking steps to address the severe s...