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

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...

April 20, 2016

Area 04 Local Executives, Stewards and OHS representatives evening workshop o...

The Area 04 Cross Component Committee presents an evening workshop on the duty to accommodate, medical notes and return to work. This workshop will cover general information about the employer's duty to accommodate members who, because of a disability require accommodation in their job position or duties. Date: May 10, 2016 Time: 7:00 p.m. Location: Fraser Valley Area Office                 8...

April 19, 2016

Stephanie Smith and BCGEU vice presidents have positive meeting with Minister...

Yesterday, BCGEU president Stephanie Smith met with Suzanne Anton, Minister of Justice. Also attending the meeting were BCGEU vice presidents Dean Purdy (Corrections and Sheriff Services – Component 1); Doug Kinna (Social, Information and Health – Component 6); and Lori Joaquin (Administrative Services – Component 12) along with Maria Middlemiss (BCGEU Component 12 first vice-chair,) and BCGEU ...

April 13, 2016

Inmate assaults at Wilkinson Road jail rise sharply

The number of assaults by inmates against staff at Vancouver Island Regional Correctional Centre more than doubled last year, part of a rise in violence at jails across B.C., government statistics show. Read more...

April 08, 2016

WCB issues orders on faulty Sheriff radios and insufficient training

The Workers’ Compensation Board has found the B.C. Sheriff Services in violation of important health and safety regulations. The violations concern the new radios issued to sheriffs that should enable clear, 2-way communication between sheriffs in the field, their supervisor and central dispatch. Sheriffs had already reported numerous problems with the new radios, including intermittent and un...

April 08, 2016

Guards at Fraser Regional Correctional Centre overworked, says former jailer

A former corrections officer says management at a maximum security jail in B.C. is deliberately overworking part-time guards to the point some of the sleep-deprived officers are getting into dangerous confrontations with prisoners. Read more...