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Component 4 includes members who provide health care and related services.

They provide nursing care, personal care, housekeeping, building maintenance, laundry, activities, dietary, security and rehabilitation services at institutional and long-term-care facilities, as well as medical lab and a variety of other services for other employers.


May 13, 2016

Local 412 meeting

DATE: Thursday June 23, 2016 TIME: 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm  PLACE: BCGEU Northwest Area Office             102 - 4710 Lazelle Avenue, Terrace, BC   Come and learn about Local 412 issues, successes and concerns. If you can't join us in person you can call in at: 1.866.562.0090 Conference ID: 567027 If you would like to have any items added to the agenda. Please let Kim Shelley or Christine Fuller ...

May 13, 2016

Celebrating National Nursing Week

As National Nursing Week comes to a close, the BCGEU is proud to recognize the important work of our member nurses. BCGEU nurses can be found across the province. From residential care to community social services, their work is a vital part of our province’s health care system. Thank you for your dedicated work and commitment to the health and wellness of British Columbians.  

May 13, 2016

Government Members on Haida Gwaii pension seminar

What's New With Pensions?:  Your pension, Your plan, plus CPP, OAS and GIS A BCGEU pension specialist will begin with an explanation on the differences between a defined benefit pension and a defined contribution pension plan – do you  know what type your plan is?  Learn the differences in predicting retirement income under the different arrangements and why this is important.  You will then ...

May 11, 2016

LJ Christmas Manor ratification results

The ratification meeting and vote was held on May 9, 2016. Ballots were counted and the members have ratified the tentative agreement by a strong majority. Thank you for your continued support. In solidarity Your Bargaining Committee: Kim Gallaher Minna Roemer Selena Kongpreecha, Staff Representative – Negotiations Download PDF of notice here. UNIFOR467/MoveUP

May 11, 2016

Local 405 Members nominations for local executive

Nominations are now open for following positions on the Local Executive: The following Local Executive positions are now open for Nominations: 2nd Vice-Chairperson Recording Secretary 2 Members-at-Large, of which one may be a Young Worker Representative (under 29 years) designated as Member-at-Large The term is for the remainder of a three-year term (ending early 2018). Information on t...

May 05, 2016

New online resource helps British Columbians find residential care for seniors

A new online resource that tracks the availability of nursing home beds in British Columbia shows more than 150 beds remain empty despite ongoing waiting lists for seniors. Read more...

May 04, 2016

BCGEU president’s statement re: Fort McMurray wildfire & $50k donation

NEW: The BCGEU has made a $50,000 donation to the Canadian Red Cross towards relief efforts. Like you, I’ve been watching the images and video footage from wildfire-ravaged Fort McMurray, Alberta. It’s heartbreaking to see. The lives of those affected have been changed forever. We know some of our BCGEU members have loved ones and friends who’ve been impacted by the evacuation of a staggerin...

May 04, 2016

Local 408 Local Executive

The BCGEU is conducting a call for nominations for the Local 408 Executive. Positions to be filled on the executive are as follows: Chairperson 1st Vice Chairperson 2nd Vice Chairperson Treasurer Recording Secretary Member-at-Large (5) Young Member Nominations will be open for 30 days and will close at the end of the day on June 3, 2016. Download PDF of notice here. Download PDF of nominat...

May 03, 2016

Celebrate Mental Health Awareness Week!

The BC Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) would like to give a special thank you to the thousands of members who work every day to support those who live with mental health conditions. It takes a special kind of person willing to dedicate their careers to supporting people who suffer from mental health conditions – those special people are members in Component 4 health services, Co...

May 02, 2016

BC Federation of Labour "Stress in the Workplace" Course

The “Understanding and Preventing Stress in the Workplace” course will be offered at the Castlegar area office on Friday June 3, 2016 from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm. This course will be facilitated by a BC Federation of Labour Health and Safety Centre facilitator. This course is designed to help identify stressors such as job demands, job control, lack of support, organization styles, bullying and lac...

May 02, 2016

Area 05 Stewards Educational Seminar – Pension Workshop

The Area 05 Cross Component Committee is pleased to invite you for a free education session regarding a Pension Workshop. This educational session will be useful for all BCGEU members who want more information related to Pensions and Pension Plans.     WHERE: Kamloops Area Office                    158 Oriole Road, Kamloops                   After hours entrance at right rear of building.    ...

April 29, 2016

LJ Christmas Manor tentative agreement and ratification meeting

The Bargaining Committee reached a tentative agreement with your Employer on April 28, 2016. The highlights of the tentative agreement are: 5-year term, ending April 1, 2020 Signing bonus of $400, prorated for part-time and casual employees 1%, retro to April 1, 2016 2% effective April 1, 2017 1% effective April 1, 2018 2% effective April 1, 2019 Increase to vision care from $225 to $...

April 28, 2016

Member Update - April 27, 2016

BCGEU president Stephanie Smith provides an update on some of the important events and initiatives the BCGEU is involved with in April and May.

April 28, 2016

Stephanie Smith: Day of Mourning 2016

UPDATE: Day of Mourning photos Many of you will be attending Day of Mourning events on April 28 in different communities around our province. Some of you will be there to honour and remember your co-workers and family members or to show solidarity and empathy for those who have been affected by the death or injury of a worker. The provincial government will be lowering flags on all provincia...

April 27, 2016

Medical Laboratory Technicians Week – Congratulations to our lab techs!

Did you know that over 1.2 million lab tests are performed in Canada every day? Our health system depends on the professional work of thousands of medical laboratory technicians throughout the province. Blood samples, urine tests, tissue biopsies – all these technical exams underpin an accurate doctor's diagnosis, and light the way for a path to health. "We wouldn't have the outstanding hea...

April 27, 2016

Speak out against death threats to union leaders in Colombia

We have been alerted through CoDevelopment Canada and our Colombian partner NOMADESC that there has been a new round of death threats against numerous human rights defenders and union leaders. These threats are taking place in the Valle de Cauca region, and originate with the paramilitary group Gaitanistas Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (AGC). This is the latest incident in a recent increase i...

April 27, 2016

BCGEU supports transgender human rights bill

On Wednesday, April 27, 2016 NDP MLA Spencer Chandra Herbert is presenting the Trans Equality Bill to the BC Legislature. This bill will ensure that trans and gender variant British Columbians are explicitly protected under the B.C. Human Rights Code. It is Chandra Herbert’s fourth attempt to introduce the private member’s bill. BCGEU President Stephanie Smith has sent a letter in support of...

April 27, 2016

The BCGEU is proud to endorse the Sanctuary City principles

When refugee applicants come to Canada, there is often an assumption that Canada is a safer place than their home countries. But if you have a precarious migration status or no status at all, and you fear being turned over to the immigration authorities, life here is not safe at all. Transit, health care, and community based social services workers could all be directed by their employers to d...

April 25, 2016

LifeLabs nominations for bargaining committee - Extended

The nomination period for the Bargaining Committee has been re-opened and extended by 14 days to ensure all members have an opportunity to participate in the election process.  The Union received calls from members advising they did not receive the original bulletin: Nominations are now re-opened for the following positions: ...