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

February 06, 2018

B.C. VIEWS: Who will care for frail elderly? - BCGEU

The B.C. NDP government has taken its first significant step to close the wide and persistent gap between the reality of basic support for seniors in residential care and the province's target. Officially, that target is an average 3.36 hours of personal care per patient, per day. In practical terms, that means getting two baths a week instead of one, or being escorted with a walker to the dini...

February 06, 2018

Hard Rock Casino workers vote to strike - BCGEU

Hard Rock Casino workers vote to strike An astounding 99.5% vote in favour of strike action Members of the BC Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) working at Hard Rock Casino in Coquitlam voted overwhelmingly in favour of taking strike action against their employer this week. In a vote held from February 1-4, over 90% of Hard Rock staff came out and voted 99.5% in favour of taking...

February 06, 2018

Bargaining Update for Well Being Services White Rock Seniors Village Members ...

Your committee has met to review issues and develop bargaining proposals. Collective agreement negotiations with the Employer are scheduled to begin February 8 and 9. Your committee has worked hard to represent a broad range of issues and we are looking forward to securing a fair and reasonable deal. Please continue to check your union bulletin board for bargaining updates. To ensure you receiv...

February 06, 2018

Local 0411-10 Local Executive Nomination Results - BCGEU

The nomination process for your Local Executive positions closed on February 2, 2018, and we want to take this opportunity to advise you of the results and congratulate the successful candidates. Congratulations to Sherry Ogasawara (Local Chair), Kathy Pereira (Local 1st Vice Chair).Your Executive with the results are as follows:  Chair  Sherry Ogasawara  1st Vice Chair  Kathy Pereira ...

February 05, 2018

B.C.’s liquor stores well positioned under new cannabis retail regulations - ...

The new retail cannabis regulations announced by the B.C. government leaves B.C.'s liquor stores well-positioned to provide safe, secure, reliable access to non-medical cannabis products, the Responsible Marijuana Retail Alliance of BC (RMRABC) said today. While the government chose not to allow the sale of alcohol and cannabis in the same store, because of federal recommendations against co-lo...

February 02, 2018

Province’s seniors are still not receiving minimum care hours - BCGEU

British Columbia's Seniors Advocate, Isobel Mackenzie, released her annual Residential Care Facilities Quick Facts Directory this week, providing information about the almost 300 publicly subsidized residential care facilities in the province.  Perhaps the most alarming finding in the report is that 85 per cent of B.C.'s residential-care homes fail to meet the government's own minimum staffing ...

February 02, 2018

BCGEU presses budget priorities in letter to B.C. Finance Minister - BCGEU

As the new NDP government prepares to introduce their first full budget on February 20, the BCGEU used the opportunity to restate our union's budget priorities in a letter to B.C.   Finance Minister Carole James:   Dear Minister, Re Priorities for the upcoming B.C. Budget 2018/2019 Thank you for the opportunity to share our members' observations and priorities in the lead-up to B.C. Budget 2018...

February 01, 2018

Area 07 2018 Free Skate - BCGEU

FREE PUBLIC SKATE Every year, the Cross Component Committee (CCC) of the BCGEU is pleased to celebrate the BC Family Day with free public skates throughout the Okanagan. Here are the locations, dates and times for this year: Sunday, Feb. 11thHassen Memorial Arena3315 Pleasant Valley RdArmstrong3:45pm - 5:45pm Sunday, Feb. 11thJim Lind Arena2760 Cameron RdWest Kelowna1:30pm – 4:00pm Monday, Feb....

February 01, 2018

BCGEU remembers Lorraine Logan - BCGEU

On behalf of the members of the B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union I offer our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Lorraine Logan who passed away on January 23, 2018. An activist through and through, and right up until the end, she was a champion of workers' rights, LGBTQ+ rights, women's rights and seniors' rights. Lorraine Logan grew up in Vancouver. Her family was smal...

January 31, 2018

Strike Vote Results for The Royale Pacifica Resort Retirement Living - BCGEU

Ballots cast at the strike vote on January 30th have been counted and members have provided the Bargaining Committee with a resounding vote 100% in favour of taking strike action if needed. We have advised the Employer of the result of the vote, and will continue to update members as information becomes available. There are a number of steps that will need to be taken prior to any job action...

January 31, 2018

Read the Winter 2018 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 the duty to accommodate and how it may arise through discrimination based on disability or family status; the employer's legal duty to protect members from harassment on the employer's social media platforms; the employee's duty to mitiga...

January 31, 2018

Facilities Bargaining Election for Positions on the Facilities Bargaining Com...

At the close of nominations we received 9 nominations for BCGEU positions on the Facilities bargaining committee. Dates have not been set to begin negotiations however the elected members will be required to caucus with the BCGEU bargaining committee soon after the elections are completed to help develop bargaining proposals, in addition they will be expected to attend the BCGEU Facilities Barg...

January 29, 2018

Bargaining Committee Election Results - BCGEU

Nominations have now closed and elected by acclamation is: Susan Bell.Your Bargaining Committee will now be meeting to review your surveys and develop proposals in preparation for bargaining the renewal of your collective agreement.If you have not yet had a chance to provide your input, please fill out the attached survey (click here for survey) and return by fax to toll free: 1-800-946-0244, A...

January 29, 2018

Local 404 Well Being Services - News on Bargaining - BCGEU

TENTATIVE RENEWAL AGREEMENT REACHED I am pleased to advise you that your bargaining committee reached a tentative renewal collective agreement on your behalf after meeting with the Mediator and Employer on January 26, 2018. The Mediator made recommendations to the parties that both your bargaining committee and the Employer have accepted. The details of the tentative settlement are attached to ...

January 29, 2018

Tentative Agreement Reached for The Salvation Army Detox - BCGEU

We are pleased to announce that we have reached a tentative agreement with your Employer. As you know, we have been challenged by the Employer's position to dissolve your collective agreement and meld your agreement with The Salvation Army Habour Light ARC collective agreement. When we reconvened bargaining with your Employer yesterday, they withdrew their proposal on melding the agreements. T...

January 29, 2018

Advocate says B.C.'s nursing home policies are too old - BCGEU

A representative of Canada's largest senior advocacy association says British Columbia's elder care system is out of date and isn't able to service the increasing number of people living in long-term care homes. "It's just heartbreaking," said Wanda Morris, vice-president of advocacy at CARP, formerly known as the Canadian Association of Retired Persons.   Read more... UWU/MoveUP

January 26, 2018

BCGEU Submission to Review of Professional Reliance - BCGEU

The government has initiated a review of the professional reliance model in the natural resource sector. The day-to-day work of thousands of BCGEU members is shaped by this regulatory model, and many of our members have raised the alarm about its shortcomings.  In its present form, the professional reliance model effectively lets the "fox guard the henhouse," leading in some cases to the misman...

January 25, 2018

Sticks and Stones... - BCGEU

"Sticks and stones may break your bones but names will never hurt you"… This old children's rhyme from the 1800's was meant to persuade victims of name-calling to ignore the taunts of their peers. But since then, we've learned that name-calling can cause great damage to our psychological and physical health and safety. Name-calling, bullying, harassment and pranks can hurt us psychologically, w...