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 03, 2016

Submission to the Special Committee to Review the Freedom of Information and ...

On January 27 our union presented a submission to the Special Committee to Review the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA). The foundation of public trust in government is transparency, accountability, and a consistently demonstrated respect for the rights of individuals. FIPPA is designed to protect and uphold these values; yet, public practice in information managemen...

February 03, 2016

Listen and Watch: BCGEU vice president Dean Purdy speaks out on sheriffs’ con...

Dean Purdy, BCGEU Vice President Corrections & Sheriffs Component 1, was in the news this week speaking out on the serious issues facing deputy sheriffs in B.C. On Tuesday he spoke with CFAX 1070 radio for thirty minutes on staffing shortages and the need for a pay increase for sheriffs. The same day he was included in a Global TV story on staffing shortages in provincial courthouses. De...

February 03, 2016

Dean Purdy CFAX interview with Terry Moore

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February 03, 2016

Shortage of clerks and sheriffs leads to harsh criticism from B.C. judge

Our union has been raising concerns about chronic staffing shortages at B.C. courthouses. Once again, staffing shortages in Victoria courtrooms have made headlines. On Monday, the Times Colonist reported on a January 21 drug trafficking trial that was delayed because no sheriff was available. As a result, the accused was able to plead guilty to a lesser charge of drug possession.  Also on Mon...

February 03, 2016

Shortage of court clerks, sheriffs affecting B.C. trials

Courthouse clerks help keep B.C’s justice system functioning, responsible for everything from managing exhibits to swearing in witnesses. Read more...

February 01, 2016

Court ‘roulette’ tied to sheriffs; ministry denies shortage

Defence lawyer Michael Munro was set to go to trial, representing a Victoria man accused of possession of drugs for the purpose of trafficking. Read more

January 29, 2016

To all Direct Government OHS Committee Members in the Victoria Area

"Incident Investigations" will be held on Wednesday, March 2 and "Ergonomics" will be held on Thursday, March 3. The Incident Investigations course will be held at the BCGEU area office, 2994 Douglas St., Victoria and the Ergonomics course will be held at Harbour Towers, 345 Quebec St, Victoria. In the Incident Investigations course you will learn: The legislative requirements for conductin...

January 29, 2016

Labour Code OHS Committee Members in the Langley Area

"Ergonomics" will be held on Tuesday, March 1 and "Incident Investigations" will be held on Thursday, March 3. These courses will be held at the BCGEU office at 8555 198A Street, Langley from 9:00 am - 4:30 pm In the Ergonomics you will learn: Requirements of the ergonomics regulation How to identify ergonomic hazards, to assess the risk factors of tasks and to recommend appropriate soluti...

January 29, 2016

BCGEU continues to investigate serious fire at Fraser Regional Correctional C...

Your component executive and BCGEU Occupational Health & Safety representatives continue to investigate the serious fire started by an inmate in the segregation unit at the Fraser Regional Correctional Centre (FRCC) on January 20. Nineteen Correctional Officers required medical attention for smoke inhalation, burning eyes and lung discomfort. We have spoken to many of our members involved ...

January 28, 2016

National Survey on Seniors' Care - Work/Life Balance

The issue of elder care received next to no attention during the 2015 federal election. This is alarming as the fastest growing segment of the Canadian population is older Canadians (people 85 and older), most of whom are women. In 1900, the average life expectancy was 47 years of age; by 2000 that had increased to 76 years of age. The end result is the expansion of our population of older adul...

January 28, 2016

BCGEU Signs on to Petition to Free Chinese Labour Activists

On Thursday, January 28, the BCGEU signed on to a petition calling for the release of Chinese labour activists who were detained by the government. Advanced by the Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions, the petition has now been signed by over 175 organizations. Read more about the petition and sign as an individual China Kidnappings in Spotlight as Canada Mulls New Trade Deal - The Tyee...

January 28, 2016

Liberal government right to repeal anti-union Bill-377

The BCGEU is welcoming news the federal government has introduced legislation to reverse anti-union laws introduced by the Stephen Harper government last year. In the House of Commons today, the Liberals introduced legislation that would reverse changes to laws under Bill-377, which placed vastly expanded requirements on unions to disclose how members’ dues are spent. “This legislation had not...

January 27, 2016

Call for nominations for vacant Local 102 Executive position

Nominations are now open for following position which is vacant on the Local 102 Executive: 1st Vice-Chairperson of Nanaimo Correctional Centre (NCC) The role of the Vice-Chairperson as follows: 1st and 2nd vice-chairperson(s): assists the Local chairperson in performing the responsibilities outlined above; may be delegated to perform specific duties, like recruiting OSH committee mem...

January 25, 2016

BCGEU’s Occupational Health and Safety Networkers

The creation of the OHS Networking team comes from the BCGEU 2014 convention. Convention delegates were loud and clear with their OHS resolutions: they wanted an expansion in the OHS department. They wanted BCGEU OHS activists to play a larger role, and to see the creation of an OHS Task Force. The OHS Task Force, released their report in April of 2015, with strong and practical recommendations...

January 22, 2016

UNITE HERE! Local 40 Hilton Metrotown and Coast Hotels Bargaining Update

A message from Unite Here! Local 40 Thanks to all of you from BCFED Staff, CUPE, FPSE, GEU, HEU, HSA, MoveUp, TWU/SWA and Unifor who came out to support our members at the Hilton Metrotown on January 20. Management took notice of your support. Many of you have asked for updates on the status of bargaining at both the Hilton and with Coast Hotels in Kelowna, Victoria, Nanaimo and Prince George...

January 21, 2016

UPDATED - BCGEU investigating serious fire at Fraser Regional Correctional Ce...

The BCGEU is investigating a serious, intentionally set fire on the segregation unit at the Fraser Regional Correctional Centre on January 20. Nineteen Correctional Officers required medical attention for smoke inhalation, burning eyes and lungs. The incident once again raises serious concerns about chronic overcrowding and increasing violence at B.C.’s provincial prisons. A single Correctiona...

January 21, 2016

Local 0111/12/10/06 executive nomination results

The nomination process for your Local Executive positions closed and we want to take this opportunity to advise you of the results and congratulate the successful candidates. Congratulations to Craig Tott (Local Chair), Curtis Leithead (1st Vice Chair), Grant Stubley and Shawn Murphy (Member-At-Large positions). Your Executive with the results are as follows: Chair: Craig Tott (250-562-53...

January 21, 2016

Component 1 Corrections & Sheriff Services Benchmark Reviews

We received more work examples and information in late December which we are incorporating into our Corrections submissions and supporting evidence for the Public Service Agency (PSA), to be finalized this month.  The PSA representatives have been reviewing and studying the extensive union materials sent on behalf of the Deputy Sheriffs. For most factors, they are following up with their Minis...

January 21, 2016

Statement on First Nations Supreme Court ruling

The BCGEU enthusiastically supports the January 13 B.C. Supreme Court decision in favour of the Gitga’at First Nation and Coastal First Nations. This decision ruled that the B.C. government has completely failed in its duty to consult with First Nations on the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline project.   The court said it was not “reasonable or correct” for the province to sign over the enviro...

January 20, 2016

OHS Training in Kelowna Area

To all Labour Code OHS Committee Members in the Kelowna Area "Joint OHS Committee Training" will be held on Wednesday, February 24 and "Incident Investigations" will be held on Thursday, February 25. These courses will be held at the BCGEU office at 1064 Borden Ave, Kelowna from 9:00 am - 4:30 pm In the Joint OHS Committee Training course you will learn: Worker OHS rights, including the re...

January 20, 2016

OHS Committee Training in Vancouver

To all Direct Government OHS Committee Members in the Lower Mainland "Ergonomics" will be held on Tueday, February 16 and "Joint OHS Committee Course" will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb 23-24. These courses will be held at the BCGEU office at #130-2920 Virtual Way, Vancouver from 9:00 am - 4:30 pm In the Ergonomics course you will learn: Requirements of the ergonomics regulation H...