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 24, 2016

Lack of sheriffs in B.C. 'reaching a crisis point,' union says

There aren't enough sheriffs in B.C., and that's causing backlogs in the province's courts, says the union representing those workers. Read more...

March 24, 2016

President Smith, vice president Purdy and deputy sheriffs call on government ...

BCGEU president Stephanie Smith and vice president Dean Purdy (Corrections and Sheriff Services – Component 1) joined dozens of deputy sheriffs leafleting at the provincial courthouse at 222 Main Street in Vancouver yesterday. The leafleting was to raise awareness of the chronic shortage of deputy sheriffs and to call for a wage increase to prevent sheriffs from leaving the service for other ...

March 23, 2016

Forests and Water: Key elements of environmental and economic stability

In March every year the United Nations commemorates two important days. The International Day of Forests (March 21) and World Water Day (March 22) are celebrated together to focus attention on the fact that the health of these two natural elements are interconnected with the economic and social health of the entire population of our planet. Forests cover one third of the global land mass and a...

March 21, 2016

Recognizing the movement to eliminate racial discrimination

March 21 is the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. The date was selected by the United Nations to honour the 69 people who were killed by police at a peaceful demonstration against apartheid in Sharpeville, South Africa in 1960. In South Africa, March 21 is a public holiday, "Human Rights Day," to commemorate the lives that have been lost in the fight for democracy ...

March 21, 2016

OHS training at the BC Federation of Labour

The BCGEU Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) department is offering additional training through the BC Federation of Labour for government and labour code OHS worker representatives. These training sessions are for specific courses we do not offer through the BCGEU. The one or two day OHS course is a pre-requisite to the BC Federation of Labour OHS training. Your employer must pay for you to...

March 17, 2016

Minister ignores deteriorating conditions inside B.C. prisons

The BCGEU is surprised and disappointed the Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General has dismissed safety concerns in the provinces’ correctional centres. Responding during Question Period in the legislature today, Minister Mike Morris stated “…safety is not an issue in any of the correctional centres that we have in B.C.” “Our union disagrees in the strongest terms,” said BCGEU preside...

March 17, 2016

Urgent Action - Honduran activist assassination

Berta Cáceres, a prominent environmental activist, was assassinated in Honduras on March 3, and a witness to the assassination is being held against his will. We need people to urge both Canadian & Honduran authorities to take action and conduct a full investigation. Full details and letters to sign can be found on the CoDevelopment Canada website by clicking here.  UPDATE: There has been ...

March 17, 2016

BCGEU calls on Provincial Court judges to help address deputy sheriff shortage

In a letter sent to Chief Judge T.J. Crabtree, our union has asked Provincial Court judges to call on the province to hire and train more deputy sheriffs. This is the only way the serious shortage of deputy sheriffs can be fixed. Click here to read the letter sent to Chief Judge Crabtree. The current practice of forcing sheriffs to work overtime is not working and is unsustainable. The shorta...

March 16, 2016

Have you taken your Occupational Health and Safety training?

Are you an Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) worker representative for your workplace?  If the answer is “yes”, your employer is required by law to pay for at least eight hours of annual OHS education for you (Workers Compensation Act). If you are unable to take the training yourself, you have the right to assign your eight-hour annual allotment to another worker representative.  Your co...

March 14, 2016

B.C. sheriffs forced to work overtime at courthouses, union says

A chronic shortage of sheriffs has the B.C. government declaring "emergencies" in order to force overtime on courthouse staff, a union official said Friday. Read more...  

March 14, 2016

Change to OHS course dates

  Labour Code OHS Scheduled Courses March - December - 2016   Courses Location Day 1   Course Type Course Name City Venue Mar 17/16   Labour Code Incident Investigations Victoria BCGEU Mar 18/16 ...

March 11, 2016

BCGEU seeks public safety designation for Deputy Sheriffs and Conservation Of...

The BCGEU has proposed a public safety designation for Deputy Sheriffs and Conservation Officers employed by the province. Both classification groups are designated as special provincial constables under the Police Act. Each designation would make them eligible for the Normal Retirement Age 60 rule (NRA60) in the Public Service Pension Plan. This would enable Deputy Sheriffs and Conservation Of...

March 09, 2016

Sheriffs: Overtime, breaks, and unsafe work: refusal rights and “emergencies”

Overtime Your Component executive is very concerned that the employer is now using overtime to make up for a chronic shortage of Sheriffs at an even greater cost to the government. Your Component executive has been made aware that some members have chosen to refuse overtime at their courthouses. For weeks now, B.C. Sheriff Services has chosen not to schedule a newly hired group of Deputy Sher...