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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.



June 13, 2016

The Columbia Institute releases a climate change report

The Columbia Institute released a brand-new report today: Top Asks for Climate Action - Ramping Up Low Carbon Communities. You can find it and a summary here. Local governments have a crucial role to play in combating climate change. Their decisions directly or indirectly impact sixty percent of Canada’s energy consumption and more than fifty percent of GHG emissions. Top Asks pinpoints what l...

June 10, 2016

BCGEU writes Colombian and Canadian governments on repression

In early June, the BCGEU learned that Colombian state security forces used indiscriminate and excessive force against Colombian citizens engaged in peaceful protest. This led to deaths, serious injuries and arrests of citizens taking part in the “National Agrarian, Peasant, Ethnic and Grassroots Mobilization – for Good Living, A structural Agrarian Reform and Dignified Cities – Sowing Hope, Har...

June 02, 2016

Province to spend $40 million to build new nursing homes, update older ones

A 10-year plan by Vancouver Coastal Health to add more seniors’ nursing home beds and upgrade older facilities was welcomed by care providers and the seniors’ advocate. Read more...

June 01, 2016

Workplace first aid requirements

First aid is an important element of workplace health and safety. This includes having the correct equipment, procedures and trained people in place to respond in the event of a workplace injury. Here are the basic first aid requirements under the Workers Compensation Act:  (1) The employer must provide for each workplace such equipment, supplies, facilities, first aid attendants and services...

June 01, 2016

Member Update - June 2016

BCGEU president Stephanie Smith and Corrections and Sheriff Services Component 1 VP Dean Purdy update members on ongoing union campaigns. *You can also view the video on the BCGEU YouTube channel

June 01, 2016

The Royale Peninsula Resort Retirement Living bargaining committee election r...

The Union is pleased to advise you that the election of your bargaining has been completed without the need for a vote. Your elected Bargaining Committee members are:          Erlinda Frijas, Bargaining Committee Chairperson          Tereasa Greco, Bargaining Committee Member          Rajwinder Rattanpal, Bargaining Committee Member Bulletins will be sent out via personal email and posted in...

May 30, 2016

OHS Representatives in the province right to refuse unsafe work

Recent incidents at Forensic Psychiatric Hospital in Coquitlam have highlighted the need for workers to be made aware of their rights and duties under the Worker’s Compensation Act in carrying out their work. On May 23, BCGEU members were injured while transporting a patient from the Royal Columbian Hospital back to the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital. A preliminary investigation has been conduc...

May 27, 2016

2016 BCGEU Scholarship Winners

Shaelyn Ann Loise Blatta, West Kelowna Flora Copley, Barriere Ruth Dyck, Williams Lake Haven Evans, Prince George Elisabeth Hill, Port Alberni Ramona Jones, White Rock Isaiah Joseph, Langford Pamela Lozano Fernandez, Chilliwack Kayla MacKay, Victoria Tessa Milic, Delta Sarah Osborne, Victoria Tenysha Ross-Van Mierlo, Castlegar Lindsay Russell, Port Moody Jaya Scott, Victoria Jorda...

May 27, 2016

Well Being GSV bargaining committee election results

The election of your bargaining has been completed without the need for a vote. Your elected Bargaining Committee members are: Milagro Huezo, Bargaining Committee Chairperson Ana Canessa, Bargaining Committee Member Avtar Bharaj, Bargaining Committee Member Bulletins will be sent out via personal email and posted in the worksite throughout the bargaining process.  If you do not receive...

May 27, 2016

Renfrew Care Centre tentative agreement reached

Your bargaining committee is pleased to advise you that on May 26, 2016 a tentative agreement was reached with Retirement Concepts. A ratification vote will take place as follows: Date: June 2, 2016 Time: 1pm - 4pm Place: Activities Room, Renfrew Care Centre Your bargaining committee is recommending that members vote in favour of this tentative agreement.  You will be provided with the det...

May 20, 2016

The National Union's scholarship program for 2016

Four awards of $1,500 are given each year to children of NUPGE, including BCGEU, members. The deadline for applications is July 6, 2016. Each year, the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) offers four scholarships that reflect its pursuit of equal opportunity for all workers. They are open to the children, grandchildren or foster children of the National Union’s 360,000 membe...

May 20, 2016

Free pensions webinars

Learn more about pensions in a webinar series offered by NUPGE, our national union.   Capital stewardship Friday, June 10 10.00 am (11.00 am Mountain Daylight Time) Pension assets in Canada now exceed $1 trillion. The way this money is invested has significant impacts on retirement security, the wider economy, and the welfare of society. It can also affect the jobs of NUPGE members and oth...

May 19, 2016

LifeLabs Members election of Bargaining Unit Chair

An impressive response for calls to nominate a BCGEU LifeLabs Bargaining Unit Chair and four Bargaining Committee Members has resulted in the need to conduct elections to determine who will sit on the committee when talks begin to negotiate a new LifeLabs collective agreement. The first step in the election process is to determine who will occupy the important position of Bargaining Unit Chair...

May 18, 2016

Training Session on May 24: Your right to refuse unsafe work

Have you ever had an uneasy feeling before carrying out work because you weren't sure it was safe?  Maybe you performed the task because you felt you had no choice?  You do have a choice and the right to protect yourself from harm. Learn how to invoke your right to refuse unsafe work under the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation, Section 3.12 which states: (1) A person must not carry ...