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 26, 2018

New conservation officers provide greater protection for B.C. environment - B...

The swearing in of new conservation officers on the steps of the B.C. legislature demonstrates a commitment by the B.C. government to increase protection for our natural environment, the BC Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) said today. "The B.C. government's commitment to hire new conservation officers is good news that will ensure higher levels of compliance and enforcement with ...

April 25, 2018

Message from BCGEU vice president of administrative services component Maria ...

The best laid plans … often go awry. We administrative professionals are great organizers and planners, aren't we? That's why, as your vice president for administrative services at the BCGEU, Administrative Services Day is never far from my mind. This is the day we recognize the valuable and vital service we in the BCGEU's Administrative Services Component provide to British Columbians and thei...

April 24, 2018

BCGEU’s telephone town hall on Public Service Pension Plan changes - BCGEU

On Tuesday, April 10th we hosted a telephone town hall from the Victoria Area Office to talk with members about the changes to the Public Service Pension Plan (PSPP) that were implemented April 1, 2018. We were joined in the VAO by representatives from the BC Pension Corporation and the Pension Secretariat. This bulletin summarizes some of the key points that came up during the town hall and pr...

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

Celebrating Medical Laboratory Professionals Week: April 22-28 - BCGEU

Please join us this week in celebrating medical laboratory professionals!  Medical laboratory professionals are highly trained health care professionals who provide laboratory test results required for the prevention, detection and treatment of illness and disease. When physicians and other health care providers are looking for answers, they depend on laboratory test results to accurately diagn...

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

Family Event – Miner's Memorial in Cumberland - BCGEU

This year Miners Memorial at Cumberland is going to be a huge event for union members. It is unfortunate that we were unable to secure Miracle Beach for the annual family picnic and so in lieu of that, we are encouraging members and their families to attend the BBQ dinner and other festivities on Saturday June 23rd. Go to https://minersmemorial.ca/ to get a rundown of events. The best part is f...

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 20, 2018

MSDPR’s Acceptance of Ombudsperson’s Holding Pattern Report Is a Major Victor...

The BCGEU applauds the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction's (MSDPR) willingness to accept most of the recommendations of B.C.'s Ombudsperson Jay Chalke's special report Holding Pattern: Call Wait Times for Income and Disability Assistance. "We're pleased that the new government has acknowledged the long-standing problems surrounding the MSDPR centralized phone line and is comm...

April 20, 2018

BCGEU partners with SumOfUs on improving corporate responsibility through inv...

The BCGEU is leading the way in the labour movement when it comes to responsible investing. Ahead of the 2015 global oil price crash, the union divested its strike fund and general reserves from fossil fuel equities and not only preserved, but increased the value of its holdings. Now, the BCGEU has partnered with non-profit organization SumOfUs to advocate for greater corporate responsibility a...

April 19, 2018

Welcome to Your Union: A New Resource Guide for BCGEU Members

Introducing BCGEU's brand-new member guide! Welcome to Your Union is a compact yet informative guide, written for all BCGEU members, whether new to the union or not. The guide outlines key information members need to get the most out of union membership such as educational opportunities, ways to get more involved, the role of shop stewards and the right to workplace safety. It also describes t...

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 16, 2018

Honouring killed and injured workers on Day of Mourning – April 28 - BCGEU

In 2017, 158 workers lost their lives to workplace injury or disease. Please join us in honouring their memory on the Day of Mourning, April 28. Many BCGEU members will be attending Day of Mourning events in communities around our province. Some members will be there to honour and remember their co-workers and family members. Many will be there to show solidarity and empathy for those who have ...

April 13, 2018

Government to Recognize PTSD & Mental Health Claims for First Responders: Cor...

The BCGEU welcomes the provincial government's announcement that first responders including Sheriffs and Correctional Officers will receive greater access to mental health support.  On Wednesday, BC Labour Minister Harry Bains announced amendments to the Workers Compensation Act. These amendments -- called a presumptive clause -- will be introduced this week and, if approved by the legislature,...

April 13, 2018

Government action for renters and tenants a welcome relief in middle of housi...

VANCOUVER – This week the government of British Columbia announced new initiatives to strengthen protections for renters. BCGEU welcomes these long overdue changes, and applauds the government for continuing to take initiative on the housing file. "Increasing protections for those facing eviction is an important step in making B.C. more affordable for renters," noted BCGEU president Stephanie S...

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 12, 2018

BCGEU and B.C. Government to begin bargaining new contract for members in the...

The BCGEU has accepted an offer from the B.C. Government to begin negotiations aimed at concluding a new collective agreement with members in the B.C. public service. The existing contract between the BCGEU and the B.C. Government expires on March 31, 2019. It covers roughly 27,000 employees in the public service around the province. "We're pleased to begin the bargaining process now," said BCG...

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 ...