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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.


May 03, 2021

Remembering Component 1 member Bikramdeep Randhawa

On behalf of 80,000+ members across the province, the BCGEU offers our deepest condolences to the family, friends, and loved ones of Local 104 member Bikramdeep Randhawa as they grieve his sudden and senseless death on Saturday, May 1st. While the loss of any member under any circumstance is a tragedy, Bikramdeep's youth and the violent, and public nature of his death make this loss harder to b...

April 23, 2021

BCSS Survey Results - BCGEU

As you may be aware, our union conducted an occupational health survey for all unionized BCSS members earlier this spring. The intent of the survey was to collect information on members' back and hip issues, and then use the survey results to review the current equipment set up for staff. There was a total of 219 survey respondents. Some key survey findings include: 84% of respondents indicat...

April 21, 2021

Youth Custody 40 Hour Work Week Vote - BCGEU

In the last round of bargaining six out of seven Component 1 Locals put forward proposals for a 40-hour work week. Since then joint committees for Adult Corrections, Sheriffs and Youth Custody have been working on 40-hour work week proposals to be submitted to Government for review. Between May 1 – 14, 2021 you will have an opportunity to vote on a Youth Custody 40 hour work week proposal. Loca...

March 15, 2021

Leave For Vaccinations - BCGEU

Your union understands the need to book your vaccination at the earliest opportunity, and this may result in having to do so during regularly scheduled working hours. If so, you are entitled to a leave with pay under Article 20.11 of the Collective Agreement. If you have difficulty obtaining a leave for your vaccination, please refer your supervisor to the following new Public Service FAQ, upda...

March 05, 2021

News for BCGEU members in the B.C. public service: grid classification - BCGEU

We have news about a change in paygrades and the grid 14 classification. Briefly, employees classified as grid 14 of the wage scale will be moving to grid 15. A joint communication with the Public Service Agency has been created to explain the changes, and how they will impact members. You can view it here. This takes effect April 1, 2021 and reflects changes made to the public service job eval...

March 04, 2021

International Women's Day – Pink Masks - BCGEU

The BCGEU and BC Corrections are supporting International Women's Day (IWD) this year by inviting staff to wear a pink mask. This year's IWD campaign theme is #ChooseToChallenge The pink masks are provided and funded by BCGEU Component 1 Corrections & Sheriff Services, and will be available at the entrance of your work place on March 8, 2021. Thanks to Component 1 Women's Representative Te...

February 22, 2021

Local 104 Update - BCGEU

It is with deep regret that I am announcing the resignation of Brandon Cox from his position as the Chair of Local 104. Throughout his terms as Chair, Brandon was instrumental in the fight for workers' rights and welfare. His dedication to the membership and ability to inspire others was unmatched. On behalf of the membership, I would like to wish Brandon all the best in his future endeavors an...

February 17, 2021

40 Hour Work Week – Adult Custody, Sheriffs, Youth Custody - BCGEU

Discussions with your employers and Government regarding a 40-hour work week were stalled by the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the BCGEU is continuing to work on the plan at this time, and updates will be provided as it develops. In solidarity,Dean Purdy Component 1 Vice-President UWU/MoveUP

January 26, 2021

FRCC Members Refuse Unsafe Work: Correctional Officers Still at Risk - BCGEU

On Friday, January 22 and Saturday, January 23, six BCGEU members at FRCC exercised their right to refuse unsafe work under s. 3.12 of the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation. They refused to work in a living unit where confirmed COVID-19 positive inmates were being housed with inmates who had tested COVID-19 negative.  Our members were specifically concerned by: the failure to isolate th...