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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.


December 11, 2017

Data shows violence, contraband in Oliver prison - BCGEU

Despite the latest technology and surveillance, violence and contraband will always find their way inside a prison. And the correctional centre in Oliver is no exception.   Read more...

November 09, 2017

BCGEU out of gate early with public service bargaining conferences - BCGEU

VANCOUVER – The B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) is ramping up pre-bargaining efforts by conducting bargaining conferences this week, even though most collective agreements aren't set to expire until 2019. Delegates from across the province gathered in Vancouver to hammer out bargaining priorities for upcoming negotiations, which are expected to take place in the new year. "...

November 09, 2017

Economic Stability Dividend (ESD) announced for 2018 - BCGEU

Economic Stability Dividend (ESD) announced for 2018 The Public Service Agency has calculated the Economic Stability Dividend (ESD) for 2018. The BCGEU has confirmed these calculations. Under the terms of our Memorandum of Understanding with public sector employers, the ESD will produce a 0.4 per cent increase, which amounts to $0.1212 per hour. The ESD was negotiated in collective agreements c...

November 07, 2017

Statement re: fallen Abbotsford police officer Const. John Davidson - BCGEU

We extend our deepest and most sincere condolences to the friends, family and colleagues of the Abbotsford Police Department police officer who was killed in the line of duty yesterday while trying to arrest a suspect in Abbotsford. Today, the Abbotsford Police Department issued a news release stating that they "lost an amazing colleague and friend who died in the line of duty. Our community lo...

October 20, 2017

President's statement on death of correctional officer Kellie Shand - BCGEU

We are deeply saddened by the loss of Kellie Shand, a long-time BCGEU member, who tragically died while on shift as a correctional officer at Vancouver Island Regional Correctional Centre (VIRCC). This is a terrible tragedy for not only our Corrections and Sheriffs component, but for our entire union. In his 22-year career as a correctional officer, Kellie was a committed and experienced profes...

October 19, 2017

B.C. jails now using body scanners to keep drugs out - BCGEU

Body scanners are now being used in four B.C. correctional facilities to prevent inmates from smuggling drugs. The equipment is a part of a pilot project aimed at keeping inmates away from contraband substances like fentanyl, and to protect corrections officers from being exposed to drugs during pat downs.   Read more...

October 18, 2017

Meeting with AG & PS/SG Ministers on Corrections/Sheriffs Wage Crisis

Component 1 senior leaders met again with BC NDP Ministers of Public Safety and Solicitor General, Mike Farnworth, and Attorney General, David Eby, in back-to-back meetings. After meeting with both Ministers in mid-September and presenting a detailed proposal from Component 1 that outlined a retention and wage crisis that must be addressed, BCGEU Vice President & Chair of Component 1 Correc...

October 11, 2017

Editorial: Sheriff shortage continues - BCGEU

A trial shrunk to one hour. Two cases adjourned. Courtrooms closed for two days. Trials delayed two hours. The shortage of sheriffs is still cramping the justice system in Victoria. The NDP government didn't create this problem, but it has certainly inherited it. And solving it won't be any easier for Premier John Horgan than it was for Christy Clark.   Read more...

October 11, 2017

"Cliff's Call" on the Sheriffs shortage Victoria Radio station 100.3Q - BCGEU

 2 minute recording on the Sheriffs shortage from a Victoria Radio station 100.3Q in Victoria called "Cliff's Call". Cliff Lequesne is on the morning show with Ed Bain.