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

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...

February 23, 2017

OHS Courses for Direct Government OHS Committee Members in the Fraser Valley ...

"Joint OHS Committee Training" will be held on Tuesday, April 25 and Wednesday, April 26, 2017 and "Mitigating Workplace Violence" will be held on Thursday, April 27, 2017. These courses will be held at the Fraser Valley BCGEU office, 8555 ? 198A Avenue, Langley from 9:00 am - 4:30 pm In the Joint OHS Committee Training course you will learn: Worker OHS rights, including the refusal of unsa...

February 23, 2017

OHS Courses for Direct Government OHS Committee Members in the Castlegar Area

"Joint OHS Committee Training" will be held on Wednesday, April 19 and Thursday, April 20, 2017. This course will be held at the Prestige Lakeside Resort, 701 Lakeside Drive, Nelson, BC 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 legislation Roles and responsibilities of employers,...

February 23, 2017

OHS Courses for Direct Government OHS Committee Members in the Vancouver Area

"Joint OHS Committee Training" will be held on Tuesday, April 11 and Wednesday, April 12, 2017. This course will be held at the Lower Mainland BCGEU office, #130 – 2920 Virtual Way, Vancouver 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 legislation Roles and responsibilities of emplo...

February 23, 2017

OHS Courses for Labour Code OHS Committee Members in the Castlegar Area

"Joint OHS Committee Training" will be held on Tuesday, April 25th, 2017 and "Incident Investigations" will be held on Wednesday, April 26th, 2017. These courses will be held at the BCGEU office at 2316 Columbia Avenue, Castlegar 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 legislatio...

February 23, 2017

OHS Courses for Labour Code OHS Committee Members in the Fraser Valley Area

"Joint OHS Committee Training" will be held on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 and "Prevention of Workplace Violence" will be held on Wednesday, April 19, 2017. These courses will be held at the BCGEU office at 8555 – 198A Street, Langley 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 legislati...

February 23, 2017

OHS Courses for Labour Code OHS Committee Members in the Terrace Area

"Joint OHS Committee Training" will be held on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 and "Incident Investigations" will be held on Wednesday, April 12, 2017. These courses will be held at the BCGEU office at 102-4710 Lazelle Avenue, Terrace 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 legislation ...

February 23, 2017

OHS Courses for Labour Code OHS Committee Members in the Cranbrook Area

"Joint OHS Committee Training" will be held on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 and "Incident Investigations" will be held on Wednesday, April 12, 2017. These courses will be held at the BCGEU office at 46 – 7th Avenue South, Cranbrook 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 legislation ...

February 21, 2017

BC Budget 2017 Response

BCGEU president gives a first-look response to the BC 2017 budget, from the budget lockup at the Victoria Convention Centre.

February 21, 2017

Budget 2017 does little to address public service deficit

The B.C. government’s election year budget sees modest increases in select public services, but does little to address the serious public service deficit stemming from more than a decade of budget cuts, says the B.C. Government and Service Employees’ Union. Additional funding is targeted to politically sensitive areas that have seen serious service cuts since 2001, including the Ministry of Ch...

February 21, 2017

Emergency meeting called to develop spending recommendations for $65 million ...

Emergency meeting called to develop spending recommendations for $65 million in federal funding for opioid crisis VANCOUVER – The BC Government & Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) has called an emergency meeting to discuss the federal government’s February 17 announcement of $65 million dollars to address the opioid crisis and the lack of a strategy attached to this funding. B.C. is at the...

February 20, 2017

OHS Courses for Direct Government OHS Committee Members in the Burnaby Area

"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...

February 20, 2017

OHS Courses for Direct Government OHS Committee Members in the Ft. St. John Area

"2 Day Joint OHS Committee Training" will be held on Tuesday, March 14 and Wednesday, March 15, 2017. "Prevention of Workplace Violence" will be held on Thursday, March 16, 2017. These courses will be held at the Northern Grand Hotel, 9830 – 100 Ave, Fort. St. John from 9:00 am - 4:30 pm. In the Joint OHS Committee Training course you will learn: Worker OHS rights, including the refusal of ...

February 20, 2017

OHS Courses for Direct Government OHS Committee Members in the Kamloops Area

"2 Day Joint OHS Committee Training" will be held on Tuesday, March 7 and Wednesday, March 8, 2017. "Incident Investigations" will be held on Thursday, March 9, 2017. These courses will be held at the BCGEU area office, 158 Oriole Road, Kamloops 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 procedur...

February 20, 2017

OHS Courses for Direct Government OHS Committee Members in the Victoria Area

"Ergonomics" will be held on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 and "Prevention of Workplace Violence" will be held on Thursday, March 2, 2017. These courses will be held at the Learning Centre, 716 Courtney Street, Victoria from 9:00 am - 4:30 pm.] In the Ergonomics course you will learn: •    Requirements of the ergonomics regulation •    How to identify ergonomic hazards, to assess the risk factors ...

February 20, 2017

Violence on the rise: BC Corrections releases new stats on prison violence

New statistics released by BC Corrections show that prison violence in BC continues to rise. Assaults on correctional officers rose by 39 per cent between 2014 and 2015, and the new stats indicate that – based on the halfway point of 2016 – this figure is projected to rise by another 21.5 per cent for 2016.  “These numbers continue to increase and it’s very concerning for us,” said Dean Purdy,...

February 17, 2017

Wanted: A budget that truly lifts all boats

By: Stephanie Smith  For the past decade and a half, the B.C. government has cut taxes, regulations and public services. The needs of business have been prioritized over the needs of people and the environment. British Columbians have been told that the province cannot afford to invest in social programs.  Rather than assume a leading role in setting the conditions for our common advancement,...

February 16, 2017

Local 604 Union Meeting

COMPONENT:    Social, Information and Health           LOCAL:    604            DATE:    Thursday, February 23, 2017            TIME:    Executive – 6:00 pm; General – 7:00 pm          PLACE:    BCGEU Fraser Valley Union Centre                         8555 – 198A Street, Langley Twp – Fraser Room   UPDATE - REMINDER *CALL FOR RESOLUTIONS AND NOMINATIONS FOR THE 50TH BCGEU TRIENNIAL CONST...

February 15, 2017

BCGEU welcomes provincial interest in land value capture tax, seeks input in ...

Land Value Capture, a mechanism that taxes development speculation along proposed transit routes and puts those dollars into transit development is a solution the BC Government and Service Employees’ Union (BCGEU) has been advocating for since 2015 to address the Lower Mainland’s transit crisis. Now, BC TransLink Minister Peter Fassbender is proposing a provincial development tax which the BCGE...

February 14, 2017

B.C. government focus on tax cuts ignores need for public re-investment

BC Throne Speech response: Throne speeches are political documents that governments use to promote successes and paper over their failures, while setting broad-brush political priorities for upcoming budgets. The 2017 Speech from the Throne is true to form; providing few details, but gives broad hints about future economic policy. In this election year the B.C. Liberal government has returned...

February 14, 2017

Free eLearning course and workshops for your employees

MPP Dear Municipal employer, We are excited to get the improved member education season under way. Please encourage your newer employees and those with optional enrolment in the plan to take the eLearning course Getting to Know Your Pension and your employees who are plan members to register for Making the Most of Your Pension and Approaching Retirement workshops. How you benefit Investing ...

February 10, 2017

Tell Minister Morris That Prison Violence IS An Issue

As you know, violence in BC’s prisons is on the rise. Correctional officers work in conditions that are stressful, dangerous, and sometimes life-threatening.   Yet Mike Morris, BC’s Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, dismisses safety concerns in our province’s correctional centres. During Question Period in the legislature last year he stated that: “Safety is not an issue in any o...

February 10, 2017

BCGEU provides submission to Select Standing Committee on Children and Youth

Today the BCGEU provided its submission to the Select Standing Committee on Children and Youth, an all-party committee of the Legislative Assembly, in response to its regular statutory review of the Representative for Children and Youth Act (SBC, 2006, c. 29). The Office of the Representative for Children and Youth (RCY) provides an essential point of oversight and review for our province’s ch...