COMPONENT 4 - HEALTH SERVICES

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.

NEWS & UPDATES

August 02, 2017

The BCGEU welcomes the government’s decision to review the economic viability...

The BCGEU welcomes today's announcement that the provincial government has asked the BC Utilities Commission to review the $8.8 billion Site C dam. Long overdue, the commission finally has the opportunity to provide a fair and transparent assessment of the merits of the project. British Columbians deserve nothing less.  BCUC's due diligence will clarify the choices that are available now that c...

August 02, 2017

Williams Lake Area Office Re-Opens Today - BCGEU

The Williams Lake Area Office re-opens today, August 2, 2017. Thank you for your patience, and special thanks to the volunteers in the area who assisted residents during the wildfires evacuation, as well as the recent return home of residents. Please note that with the re-opening of the office, calls will no longer be re-directed to Prince George. However, although the evacuation order is lifte...

August 01, 2017

The BCGEU granted standing at the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered ...

Good news from the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG). The BCGEU has been granted standing in the MMIWG allowing it to make formal written and oral submissions to the public inquiry.  The letter received states: On behalf of the Commissioners, the Application for Standing submitted by BC Government and Service Employees' Union has been granted, for gre...

August 01, 2017

Well Being Seniors' Living (GSV) Union Meeting - BCGEU

Over the past 10 months your bargaining committee met with the Employer on nine occasions. We have reached agreement on a large number of issues, but are still significantly apart on monetary items.  On July 27th talks broke off and the Union has applied to the Labour Relations Board for the assistance of a mediator in an effort to reach a tentative renewal agreement to bring back for you to vo...

July 31, 2017

New Collective Agreement for LifeLabs - BCGEU

It was recently brought to the Unions attention that some of our members at LifeLabs have been wondering when their new collective agreement will be posted online. We are pleased to report that this will most likely happen in the next few weeks. When a new collective agreement has been ratified, it goes through an errors and omissions process. This process involves both the Union, and your Empl...

July 31, 2017

Read The Summer 2017 Issue Of The Steward - BCGEU

In this issue, we look at a variety of topics to keep you up-to-date on issues that could affect your workplace, and the members you represent. Topics include bullying and harassment, planning ahead in case of permanent disability, stories of grievances and their outcomes from across Canada, and tips from an advocacy department co-op student for assisting members as a steward. We hope you'll f...

July 28, 2017

Provincial magazine - Summer 2017 - BCGEU

Download the PDF file of the 2017 Summer issue of The Provincial magazine. In this issue: New Leadership - Convention 2017 reports BCGEU Environment Policy 2017 audited financial statements BCGEU Community Remembering John Shields and more...  

July 28, 2017

Vancouver health officials have hopes for new, supervised-injection site - BCGEU

With more than 200 people dead from drug overdoses in Vancouver already this year, health officials hope the city's third federally approved injection site will provide relief from a devestating public health emergency. On Friday, Powell Street Getaway begins operating its new, supervised-injection site seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., after receiving an exemption from Health Canada in...

July 25, 2017

Results of Strike Vote at The Salvation Army Harbour Light ARC - BCGEU

The Union conducted the strike vote this week. 91 members came out to vote. 59 members voted in favour of strike and 32 members voted against. 65% of members who came out to vote, voted in favour of strike. As discussed in our information sessions, your Employer will apply to the BC Labour Relations Board for essential services, and we will schedule a date to meet at the Board as soon as possib...

July 25, 2017

Killer found after escaping custody at Forensic Psychiatric Hospital - BCGEU

An hour after warning the public that a killer was missing from B.C.'s Forensic Psychiatric Hospital, the 54-year-old man is back in police custody. Mounties issued a warning Monday afternoon, three days after Terrance Scott Giesbrecht left the facility at 70 Colony Farm Rd. in Coquitlam. Giesbrecht was wanted on a Canada-wide warrant, the RCMP said.   Read more...

July 25, 2017

Killer found after escaping custody at Forensic Psychiatric Hospital - BCGEU

An hour after warning the public that a killer was missing from B.C.'s Forensic Psychiatric Hospital, the 54-year-old man is back in police custody. Mounties issued a warning Monday afternoon, three days after Terrance Scott Giesbrecht left the facility at 70 Colony Farm Rd. in Coquitlam. Giesbrecht was wanted on a Canada-wide warrant, the RCMP said.   Read more...

July 24, 2017

‘Violent’ attack on Colony Farm psychiatric hospital staffer prompts call for...

The BC Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) is calling on the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) to protect workers after a staff member was allegedly assaulted by a patient at a high-security Coquitlam psychiatric hospital.   Read more...

July 24, 2017

‘Violent’ attack on Colony Farm psychiatric hospital staffer prompts call for...

The BC Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) is calling on the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) to protect workers after a staff member was allegedly assaulted by a patient at a high-security Coquitlam psychiatric hospital.   Read more...

July 20, 2017

Talks Break Off with The Royale Peninsula Resort Retirement Living - BCGEU

Your bargaining committee met with the Employer over eight days in April and July in an effort to reach a tentative agreement to bring back for your approval. Over the first five days agreement was reached on a number of language issues and the Union tabled our monetary package on April 5th. The Union's initial monetary proposals included a number of improvements:  health and welfare benefits ...

July 20, 2017

BCGEU, NUPGE pledge $100,000 donation to B.C. wildfire relief - BCGEU

The B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) announced today that it has joined with its national affiliate, the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) to pledge a $100,000 donation to the Red Cross to help with wildfire relief efforts in British Columbia.  "We are pleased to contribute to the relief effort for B.C. residents affected by wildfires," says BCGEU presid...

July 18, 2017

BCGEU looking forward to working in the spirit of collaboration with new Premier

VICTORIA –   As a new government is sworn in today at the British Columbia Legislature, it marks a new era of leadership for the people of British Columbia. In marking the occasion, President Stephanie Smith noted that "We are incredibly excited by what the future will hold for Premier John Horgan, and a new government forged in the spirit of collaboration."  Under the leadership of Premier Hor...

July 13, 2017

BCGEU Recognizes the Unsung Superstars Behind the Wildfire Response - BCGEU

Over the past week, hundreds of wildfire fighters have been fighting over 200 wildfires across the province, and experts fear more wildfires are on their way. While firefighters, RCMP and paramedics are the emergency response units we see on the highways and on television every day, there are hundreds other public servants who are making this response possible. These are the workers doing admin...

July 11, 2017

Eagle Valley Senior Citizens' Housing Society Collective Agreement - BCGEU

Your bargaining committee is pleased to report that on Tuesday, July 11, the tentative agreement between the BCGEU and Eagle Valley Senior Citizens' Housing Society was ratified by the membership.  We would like to thank you for your support through this round of bargaining. As well, we would like to thank you for taking the time to cast your ballot.  The agreement will be in effect from May 1...

July 11, 2017

The BCGEU Stands in Solidarity with Pacific Blue Cross Workers Locked Out of ...

The B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU), representing over 73,000 workers across B.C., will stand in solidarity with the workers locked out of their jobs by Pacific Blue Cross (PBC) in Vancouver.   On June 30th, PBC announced to its workers they would be prevented from returning to work if they continued a job action aimed at securing a fair deal for workers. During the latest ...

July 10, 2017

BCGEU President Extends Support to Communities Affected by Wildfires and Than...

On behalf of 73,000 BCGEU members, I would like to extend our support and solidarity to the communities affected by wildfires burning through much of British Columbia this week. With over 200 wildfires starting over the weekend, hundreds of B.C. families spent their weekend wondering whether their homes would be standing by Monday. As one of B.C.'s largest unions, we know that hundreds of our m...

July 10, 2017

Forensic Psychiatric Hospital WCB investigation completed for June 13 assault...

On June 13, 2017 a BCGEU health care worker was assaulted by a patient that had been in seclusion for the past 3 years.  A WCB prevention officer has now investigated the incident and has written an order that the employer failed to conduct a proper risk assessment because "previous experience in the workplace" was not properly considered in their risk assessment.  The inspection report will be...

July 10, 2017

Closure of REACH Daycare a significant loss for the community - BCGEU

REACH Daycare and Young Parent Centre in Langford will close at the end of September representing a tremendous loss of community for families who rely on the centre. Due in part to lack of provincial funding, this closure will leave some young parents without the support they need to complete their education, creating a gap in valuable social services. REACH Daycare provides early learning and ...

July 10, 2017

Williams Lake Area Office Temporary Closure - BCGEU

There is a temporary closure of the Williams Lake Area Office (Area 06) due to the fire conditions in the area. All calls to the office have been re-routed to the Prince George Area Office. We will update you once we have more information.

July 05, 2017

Prince George Pride Parade - July 8, 2017 - BCGEU

Pride Season is here again in Prince George!   We want to encourage everyone to join in the fun! This year is expected to be the biggest yet! Date: July 8, 2017 Start: 11:00 am Where: Parade begins at the Veterans Plaza at 100 Patricia Blvd If you would like to join the BCGEU in the parade we will be meeting at 9:30 am behind City Hall, look for the BCGEU flags. If you need more information, pl...

July 05, 2017

Victoria Pride Parade - July 9, 2017 - BCGEU

Pride Season is here again in Victoria!   We want to encourage everyone to join in the fun! This year is expected to be the biggest yet! Date: July 9, 2017 Start: 11:00 am Where: Parade begins at Pandora and Government If you would like to join the BCGEU in the parade we will be meeting between 8:30 am and 10:00 am at the corner of Pandora and Government, look for the BCGEU flag. If you need mo...

July 05, 2017

More violence at Forensic Psychiatric Hospital as BCGEU calls on PHSA board o...

Another staff member at Forensic Psychiatric Hospital (FPH) in Coquitlam, operated by the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA), has been assaulted after being asked to escort a patient exhibiting aggressive behaviour to a seclusion room. Staff members are not provided with protective gear at FPH.  "The ongoing violence at FPH is due to an imbalance created by bringing dangerous individua...