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

May 15, 2018

Remember Your Right To Refuse Unsafe Work - BCGEU

The BCGEU OHS department would like to remind our members of their right to refuse unsafe work. Right to Refuse Unsafe Work  All workers in our province are entitled to exercise their four basic rights when it comes to Occupational Health and Safety in the workplace. BCGEU members all need to be aware of their rights when performing the tasks and duties of their occupation. Knowing these rights...

May 07, 2018

Correcting the Okanagan Correctional - BCGEU

Issues at the Okanagan Correctional Centre have largely not been unique to that jail. Typically, those issues have been escalated examples of the issues facing corrections at large. Even when there have been issues more unique to the jail - allegations that the jail used administrative segregation as overflow for protective custody inmates, for instance - the issue appears to derive from the sa...

May 04, 2018

New charges for Ighani - BCGEU

An infamous prisoner at the Okanagan Correctional Centre in Oliver is now accused of assaulting a female corrections officer. Afshin Ighani, 45, is accused of assaulting a female peace officer on March 14, according to court documents. The BC Government Employees Union declined to comment on the incident.      Read more... UWU/MoveUP

May 01, 2018

Pension Plan estimator now online, but doesn’t show the full picture - BCGEU

As of May 1, the Public Service Pension Plan's online pension estimator will be available to pension plan members. However, the Pension Plan web site says that "the estimator will not yet calculate the past service enhancement that comes into effect October 1, 2019." This means that when you log in to estimate your pension under the new rules, you won't be getting a complete estimate of your li...

April 24, 2018

BCGEU alarmed at a sky high staff turn over rate at Kamloops Regional Correct...

Correctional centre is losing guards at an alarming rate. After meeting with Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth, Corrections Component Chair Dean Purdy says the attrition rate at KRCC is 12%, nearly triple the average within government of 5%.   Read more... UWU/MoveUP

April 23, 2018

New funds, recruits set to alleviate B.C. sheriff shortage - BCGEU

The Government of British Columbia announced new sheriff graduates, funding for more classes The provincial government announced new funding today in an attempt to calm a sheriff shortage in B.C. that has spurred court delays and dropped charges Just two weeks ago two Victoria men whose criminal charges were dropped last year because of a lack of available sheriffs were ordered back to court. R...

April 23, 2018

Isolation likely factor in drugs, rule-breaking at Okanagan jail - BCGEU

This is part four in our series, Okanagan Incorrectional, delving into the first 14 months of operations at B.C.'s newest jail. Click on the image to go to our Okanagan Incorrectional Dashboard for a full index of the series (also available at the bottom of this article) and more information about the jail. Feelings of social isolation at the Okanagan Correctional Centre may play a role in the ...

April 23, 2018

Local 0111-12-10-06 Local Executive Results - BCGEU

Congratulations to Annaka Westwick (Member-At-Large Sheriffs) on your new positons. Your Executive with the results are as follows: Chair Andrew Stevens 1st Vice Chair Andrew Seale 2nd Vice Chair Grant Stubley Recording Secretary Theo Bolstad Member-At-Large (1 Position) Nicholas Straughan Member-At-Large (1 Position) James Brown Member-At-Large (1 Positi...

April 19, 2018

Your Component 1 Executive - BCGEU

At the close of nominations at the April 12, 2018 Component meeting held in Burnaby, the following Component 1 Executive positions were acclaimed: Component Vice President Dean Purdy Local 101 First Vice-Chair Brandon Cox Local 104 Second Vice-Chair Luke Poelzer Local 104 Treasurer Shane Rush Local 102 Recording Secretary Krissie Hayes Local 105       Member at Large Andrew Steve...

April 18, 2018

Elections for Local 107 Executive - BCGEU

The BCGEU is holding elections for the following position of the Local 107 Executive. Candidate statements are attached for those candidates who provided them:  Local Chairperson:   Scott Cudney Wayne Williams   Ballots are available from your stewards and mail contacts at the worksite. You may also vote at the Okanagan Area Office (1064 Borden Avenue, Kelowna). Ballots are due back to the B...

April 17, 2018

Local Election Results 0111/12/10/06 - BCGEU

The election process for your Local 2nd Vice position closed on April 13, 2018, and we want to take this opportunity to advise you of the results and congratulate the successful candidates.   Congratulations to Grant Stubbley (2nd Vice Chair).   Your Executive with the results are as follows: Chair                                               Andrew Stevens 1st Vice Chair                      ...

April 17, 2018

More violence at B.C.’s newest jail than nearly any other - BCGEU

The third part in our ongoing series on some of the issues facing the Okanagan Correctional Centre since its opening in January 2017. Part four will come out on Friday, April 20. Between stabbings and assaults from fellow inmates and allegations of excessive use of force from staff, inmates at Okanagan Correctional Centre are more likely to face violence than just about any other jail in B.C. T...

April 13, 2018

Local 103 Executive Nominations For 2nd Vice Chairperson & Recording Secretar...

Nominations are now open for the following positions on the local executive: 2nd Vice Chairperson      1 position Recording Secretary        1 position The term is three years. Information on the responsibilities and activities of each office is available in the attached document "Local Executive Roles and Responsibilities".  The deadline for nominations is: April 24, 2018 at 4:00pm If there ...

April 11, 2018

Statement re: Govt’s elimination of barriers for first responders to access c...

"I applaud the proposed amendments to the Workers Compensation Act announced by Minister [Harry] Bains, building on the work begun by Minister [Shane] Simpson and supported by Minister [Judy] Darcy. Making mental health, including PTSD, a presumptive condition is a long overdue show of common sense and compassion for first responders.    "This change is an important step but there is more work ...