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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.


April 04, 2016

Amica at Beechwood Village details of the tentative agreement and meeting rem...

As promised in our last bulletin, we have attached all of the negotiated changes to the collective agreement for your review prior to our ratification meeting and vote. Your Bargaining Committee will be on hand at the drop-in meeting to answer any questions you may have, so you can make an informed decision. Your Bargaining Committee unanimously recommends ratification of the tentative agreem...

April 04, 2016

Member Update - April, 2016

BCGEU president Stephanie Smith is joined by Community Social Services Component VP Andrea Duncan and first vice chair Pamela Pye from worksite visits in Port Coquitlam.

April 04, 2016

OHS Reps in Area 02 - BC Federation of Labour "Emergency Preparedness" Course

The “Emergency Preparedness” course will be offered at the Nanaimo area office on Monday May 2, 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 has been designed to provide participants with a fundamental understanding of the planning and preparations needed to assist workplaces to respond before, durin...

March 31, 2016

Amica at Beechwood Village tentative agreement reached & ratification meeting

Your bargaining committee met with Employer representatives on March 21 and 30, 2016. We are pleased to advise you that we have reached a tentative collective agreement. You will be provided with all of the details in the coming days, and we will be on-hand to answer any of your questions at a membership meeting on April 7th. Highlights of the tentative agreement are as follows: A four-yea...

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...