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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.


March 23, 2016

Forests and Water: Key elements of environmental and economic stability

In March every year the United Nations commemorates two important days. The International Day of Forests (March 21) and World Water Day (March 22) are celebrated together to focus attention on the fact that the health of these two natural elements are interconnected with the economic and social health of the entire population of our planet. Forests cover one third of the global land mass and a...

March 21, 2016

inSite Housing, Hospitality and Health Services tentative agreement ratifies

Your bargaining committee is pleased to advise you that through a vote held at all worksites, the tentative renewal collective agreement was ratified with a 65.5% vote in favour.  Once the new agreement has been produced copies will be sent out to Stewards for distribution at each worksite. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Michael, Angela and Tina for all of their hard work on r...

March 21, 2016

Recognizing the movement to eliminate racial discrimination

March 21 is the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. The date was selected by the United Nations to honour the 69 people who were killed by police at a peaceful demonstration against apartheid in Sharpeville, South Africa in 1960. In South Africa, March 21 is a public holiday, "Human Rights Day," to commemorate the lives that have been lost in the fight for democracy ...

March 21, 2016

OHS training at the BC Federation of Labour

The BCGEU Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) department is offering additional training through the BC Federation of Labour for government and labour code OHS worker representatives. These training sessions are for specific courses we do not offer through the BCGEU. The one or two day OHS course is a pre-requisite to the BC Federation of Labour OHS training. Your employer must pay for you to...

March 17, 2016

Meet your Component 4 Executive - Debby Peng

                  I tapped into the BCGEU as a resource when I was looking for someone that could answer the questions I have about my worksite and advocate for my rights as a worker. Fast forward to now, I am involved in the union because I meet others that enter the workforce who are as curious about labour relations as I was years ago. I am thankful for the training I have receive...

March 17, 2016

Meet your Component 4 Executive - Thomas Christen

Thomas Christen is the chair of Local 406. 

March 17, 2016

Urgent Action - Honduran activist assassination

Berta Cáceres, a prominent environmental activist, was assassinated in Honduras on March 3, and a witness to the assassination is being held against his will. We need people to urge both Canadian & Honduran authorities to take action and conduct a full investigation. Full details and letters to sign can be found on the CoDevelopment Canada website by clicking here.  UPDATE: There has been ...

March 16, 2016

Have you taken your Occupational Health and Safety training?

Are you an Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) worker representative for your workplace?  If the answer is “yes”, your employer is required by law to pay for at least eight hours of annual OHS education for you (Workers Compensation Act). If you are unable to take the training yourself, you have the right to assign your eight-hour annual allotment to another worker representative.  Your co...

March 16, 2016

BC Emergency Health Services update on classification assignment under Facili...

The BCGEU continues to meet with the PHSA to discuss the job descriptions that have been submitted to the Union in accordance with the Maintenance Agreement Addendum in the Facilities Health Subsector collective agreement. Forty-six job descriptions of approximately eighty-four positions have been received. We met three times with PHSA in February 2016 to discuss the outstanding job description...

March 15, 2016

LifeLabs - Call for Nominations for Bargaining Committee

Nominations are now open for the following positions: Chairperson of the Bargaining Committee, one position Any BCGEU member can be nominated.  If more than one candidate is nominated, there will be a ballot of the entire membership. Each member will vote for one candidate.  The candidate with the most votes will be elected. Bargaining Committee member, four positions – one from each occupat...

March 15, 2016

March 16 is Dietitians Day!

As part of National Nutrition Month, the BCGEU salutes the hard work of dietitians on Dietitians Day. These professional members of our Health Services component work in a variety of health care settings including primary care homes, community health centres, home care and community care, long-term care and public health units. They generally work with populations using a community developme...

March 14, 2016

General Meeting for Campbell River and Courtenay members

DATE: April 5, 2016 TIME: 6:30 p.m. PLACE: Comfort Inn             1351 Shoppers Row             Campbell River, BC. AGENDA OH&S Concerns 37.5 Work Hour Rotation Schedules EDMP Job classifications Download PDF of notice here. UNIFOR467/MoveUP

March 14, 2016

The BCGEU celebrates National Social Work Week

This week we celebrate the hard work, commitment and accomplishments of social workers during National Social Work Week. Each year the BCGEU’s approximately 2,600 social workers provide services to about more than 150,000 children, youth and their families. “Social work is demanding and fulfilling, but too often it is also deeply frustrating,” said Doug Kinna, BCGEU vice president social, info...

March 14, 2016

Change to OHS course dates

  Labour Code OHS Scheduled Courses March - December - 2016   Courses Location Day 1   Course Type Course Name City Venue Mar 17/16   Labour Code Incident Investigations Victoria BCGEU Mar 18/16 ...

March 11, 2016

Well-Being Seniors' Services (CVSV) - Collective Agreement Ratifies

Date:    March 11, 2016 To:       All BCGEU Members at Well-Being Seniors' Services (CVSV) Re:       Collective Agreement Ratifies   Your bargaining committee is pleased to advise you that the tentative renewal collective agreement has been ratified by a vote of 81.2% in favour.   I would like to take this opportunity to thank Salli, Phil and Cherie for all their hard work through this set of...

March 10, 2016

Bill 16 - Community Care and Assisted Living Act

The BC Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) expressed cautious optimism about the introduction of Bill 16, the Community Care and Assisted Living Amendment Act, into the B.C. Legislature.  The Bill is intended to increase flexibility for B.C. residents in assisted living facilities, allowing them to delay moving into complex care, as well as increasing protection for residents and s...

March 09, 2016

North American Occupational Safety and Health Week

NAOSH week is recognized annually throughout North America to promote the prevention of injury and illness at the workplace. Organizations are encouraged to participate by planning activities during this week. The theme this year is to “make health and safety a habit”. For more information go to Worksafe BC’s website at This link will g...

March 09, 2016

Steward List for Local 402 Lifelabs

Please note the name of your Steward.  Feel free to contact her with any Union related questions or concerns that you may have. Kayla Pickup             Cliff Avenue        Courtenay Download PDF of notice here. UNIFOR467/MoveUP