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


May 11, 2016

B.C. watchdog concerned over ‘temporary’ youth custody centre

British Columbia’s children’s representative says the Victoria Youth Custody Centre is operating as a “shadow facility” for young offenders awaiting court dates, more than two years after the province announced the centre would close. Read more...

May 05, 2016

Local 104 Members at Sheriff Services - Abbotsford steward election

Please be advised that the Christopher Chester has been acclaimed as the steward at the Abbotsford courthouse. Please contact Christopher should you require assistance with your collective agreement or have worksite concerns. In solidarity Cheryl Prowse Staff Representative Download PDF of notice here. UNIFOR467/MoveUP

May 05, 2016

Deputy Sheriff Benchmark Hearing Update

This is to report that the BCGEU’s evidence and arguments for the benchmark reviews for Deputy Sheriffs, Sergeants and Staff Sergeants have been submitted to the arbitrator. The arbitrator will now consider our union’s case and render a decision. Our materials consist of four large binders of detailed arguments and evidence. We have argued the following factors: Deputy Sheriff: Factor 1 – ...

May 04, 2016

BCGEU president’s statement re: Fort McMurray wildfire & $50k donation

NEW: The BCGEU has made a $50,000 donation to the Canadian Red Cross towards relief efforts. Like you, I’ve been watching the images and video footage from wildfire-ravaged Fort McMurray, Alberta. It’s heartbreaking to see. The lives of those affected have been changed forever. We know some of our BCGEU members have loved ones and friends who’ve been impacted by the evacuation of a staggerin...

May 02, 2016

BC Federation of Labour "Stress in the Workplace" Course

The “Understanding and Preventing Stress in the Workplace” course will be offered at the Castlegar area office on Friday June 3, 2016 from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm. This course will be facilitated by a BC Federation of Labour Health and Safety Centre facilitator. This course is designed to help identify stressors such as job demands, job control, lack of support, organization styles, bullying and lac...

May 02, 2016

Area 05 Stewards Educational Seminar – Pension Workshop

The Area 05 Cross Component Committee is pleased to invite you for a free education session regarding a Pension Workshop. This educational session will be useful for all BCGEU members who want more information related to Pensions and Pension Plans.     WHERE: Kamloops Area Office                    158 Oriole Road, Kamloops                   After hours entrance at right rear of building.    ...

May 02, 2016

BCGEU requests urgent meeting with WorkSafeBC to address escalating prison vi...

The BCGEU has requested a meeting with WorkSafeBC representatives to develop a plan to address the increasing number of inmate assaults on Correctional Officers in provincial prisons. In a letter to WorkSafeBC CEO and President Donna Miles, our union cites the increased number of attacks on officers in 2015, up 39% from 2014, and the already high number of assaults in 2016. WorkSafeBC complet...

April 29, 2016

Listen: Dean Purdy discusses prison violence with Kash Heed

Earlier this week Dean Purdy, BCGEU vice president and chair of Corrections and Sheriff Services - Component 1, spoke with Kash Heed on Pulse 107.7 FM. The interview was focused on the increasing levels of violence in B.C.'s provincial prisons. Dean Purdy also talks about what needs to be done to make our prisons safe for Corrections Officers and inmates. To listen to the conversation, click ...

April 28, 2016

Member Update - April 27, 2016

BCGEU president Stephanie Smith provides an update on some of the important events and initiatives the BCGEU is involved with in April and May.

April 28, 2016

Stephanie Smith: Day of Mourning 2016

UPDATE: Day of Mourning photos Many of you will be attending Day of Mourning events on April 28 in different communities around our province. Some of you will be there to honour and remember your co-workers and family members or to show solidarity and empathy for those who have been affected by the death or injury of a worker. The provincial government will be lowering flags on all provincia...

April 27, 2016

Speak out against death threats to union leaders in Colombia

We have been alerted through CoDevelopment Canada and our Colombian partner NOMADESC that there has been a new round of death threats against numerous human rights defenders and union leaders. These threats are taking place in the Valle de Cauca region, and originate with the paramilitary group Gaitanistas Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (AGC). This is the latest incident in a recent increase i...

April 27, 2016

BCGEU supports transgender human rights bill

On Wednesday, April 27, 2016 NDP MLA Spencer Chandra Herbert is presenting the Trans Equality Bill to the BC Legislature. This bill will ensure that trans and gender variant British Columbians are explicitly protected under the B.C. Human Rights Code. It is Chandra Herbert’s fourth attempt to introduce the private member’s bill. BCGEU President Stephanie Smith has sent a letter in support of...

April 27, 2016

The BCGEU is proud to endorse the Sanctuary City principles

When refugee applicants come to Canada, there is often an assumption that Canada is a safer place than their home countries. But if you have a precarious migration status or no status at all, and you fear being turned over to the immigration authorities, life here is not safe at all. Transit, health care, and community based social services workers could all be directed by their employers to d...

April 27, 2016

Kash Heed Show - Dean Purdy Interview - 2016-04-26

Kash Heed speaks with Dean Purdy, Vice-President of Component 1 of the BCGEU, which represents Correctional and Sheriff Services employees in BC. They discuss the recent death of an inmate at the North Fraser Correctional Institute and how it relates to inmate vs. inmate violence at correctional facilities. Listen here...go the Audio Vault page for April 26, 2016. 

April 25, 2016

North Fraser inmate killed, man charged; Guards want more funding to deal wit...

Neil Leslie died in hospital after he was beaten in a living unit at North Fraser Pretrial Centre on April 17. Another prisoner, Zachariah Pakarinen, 27, has been charged with aggravated assault in the attack. Read more...

April 25, 2016

Feces and urine hurled at jail guard in Saanich

A mixture of feces and urine was thrown at a guard at the Vancouver Island Regional Correctional Centre, hitting her on the face and chest. Read more...

April 25, 2016

Ergonomics in the workplace

Ergonomics is the science of adapting the workplace to the worker and the product to the user. You are at risk of developing musculoskeletal injuries (MSI) when you carry out work without first considering how the workplace suits you. This can lead to disabling conditions if not recognized and treated in the early stages. The Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, Sections 4.46 – 4.53, re...

April 22, 2016

Molten butter attacks in B.C. prisons prompt demands for more guards

Violence in B.C. prisons is on the rise, says the union representing jail guards, which is calling for more staff to handle the increased number of attacks behind bars. Read more...