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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.


June 26, 2017

BCGEU member to walk from PG to Victoria to raise funds for PTSD - BCGEU

Robert Gagnon, a correctional officer at the Prince George Correctional Centre, is about to embark on a meaningful and important mission: Gagnon is setting out to walk from Prince George to Victoria to raise funds and awareness for first responders and veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Gagnon, a long-time BCGEU member and former Corporal with the Canadian Armed For...

June 23, 2017

Update #3 - BC Nurses and Chiron Health Services bargaining - BCGEU

The Corrections branch was recently advised that the BC Nurses have served strike notice against Chiron, the health services provider in BC correctional centers.   Chiron and the Nurses are still in the process of negotiating essential services levels through the Labour Relations Board (LRB). The provincial government and BCGEU are not direct parties to this dispute.   We further understand tha...

June 12, 2017

Provincial judge condemns inmate’s assault on officer - BCGEU

A BC provincial court judge who handed down a 14-month sentence to an inmate of Surrey Pretrial Services Centre for assaulting a correctional officer denounced the inmate for his actions. The victim, a long-time BCGEU member, was the target of a vicious assault using fecal matter. Read more details of the trial here In Judge Peder Gulbransen's reasons for sentence, he said: "The court must deno...

June 12, 2017

Corrections & Sheriffs – Lunch and coffee breaks must be provided - BCGEU

All employees shall have two, 15-minute rest periods in each work period in excess of six hours, one rest period to be granted before and one after the meal period. Employees working a shift of three and one half hours, but not more than six hours, shall receive one rest period during such a shift. Rest periods shall not begin until one hour after the commencement of work or not later than one ...