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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.


December 24, 2019

Component 1 Update: 40-Hour Work Week Proposal - BCGEU

In early 2020, all Component 1 members will have the opportunity to vote whether to move to a longer work week. The proposal for a longer work week was made by six out of the seven locals prior to the last round of bargaining. This overwhelming request mandated your bargaining committee to negotiate a process to consider expanding the work week from 35 hours to 40 hours. The committee listened ...

December 24, 2019

Happy Holidays – BCGEU offices are closed for the holidays - BCGEU

BCGEU president Stephanie Smith, treasurer Paul Finch and the entire Provincial Executive would like to wish our 80,000 members and their families a happy and festive holiday season! Please note that all BCGEU offices will be closed for the holidays. BCGEU offices around the province will be closed at 1:00pm on December 24, 2019 and will reopen on January 2, 2020 at 8:30am. If you are a BCGEU m...

December 18, 2019

NUPGE sends research on mental injury to 3 new federal ministers - BCGEU

The letter sent provided a summary of the research on mental injury and requested a meeting to explore what role the federal government might play in improving the situation for justice workers who experience mental injury. Read full article here. UWU/MoveUP

December 09, 2019

Save the date - Convention 2020 - BCGEU

The 51st Constitutional Convention of the BCGEU will be held Wednesday, June 10, 2020 to Saturday, June 13, 2020. The convention will be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, 655 Burrard St, Vancouver. If you are interested in attending convention as a delegate representing your components or submitting a resolution to convention, please contact your local chair - if you do not know who this person ...

December 06, 2019

Update on Fraser Regional Correctional Centre Arbitration - BCGEU

The evidence in the Fraser Regional Correctional Centre (FRCC) arbitration of five (originally seven) of our members is ending next week in Vancouver. These members were dismissed due to an alleged use of force violation. A number of outstanding disciplinary grievances remain with respect to other affected members. So does a complaint regarding the nature of the investigation and the disciplina...

November 28, 2019

Listen now: BCGEU's Dean Purdy interview on rise of violence in B.C. prisons ...

Component 1 vice-president, Dean Purdy, gave a detailed interview to CFAX 1070 on Monday, October 7, 2019 about the crisis of rising violence in B.C. prisons including inmate violence against corrections officers. Listen to the interview here. Media attention about the crisis has been growing since the start of the second phase of our Prison Safety Now campaign. To date, five rallies have been ...

November 18, 2019

'Something needs to change': B.C. jail violence alarms outnumbered guards -...

Staff at the Alouette Correctional Centre for Women gathered Thursday to protest working conditions that allow one guard to work alone in a living unit with 48 inmates. Read full article here UWU/MoveUP

November 18, 2019

Update: Union protests rising violence in B.C. prisons - BCGEU

A handful of correctional officers from the Alouette Correctional Centre for Women grabbed lunch outside the prison on Thursday during a noon-hour rally to draw attention to the ongoing violence in their workplace. Read the full article here   UWU/MoveUP

November 12, 2019

Rally Against Prison Violence – Show your support - BCGEU

When: Thursday, November 14, 2019Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.Where: Alouette Correctional Centre for Women: 24800 Alouette Rd, Maple Ridge Members of Component 1 are invited to come out to the Alouette Correctional Centre for Women in support of the continued efforts of your component in the fight for safer working conditions in B.C.'s prisons. Violence towards correctional officers has been on...