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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 07, 2016

World Health Day Statement

Today is World Health Day, celebrated each year to mark the founding of the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1948 and to draw attention to the importance of global public health. Today we recognize the more than 17,000 members of the BCGEU who work throughout our health system: Offering home support that allows vulnerable seniors to remain in their own homes; Providing a wide range of se...

April 07, 2016

BCGEU Occupational Health and Safety Networker Outreach

The Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Networker team had their initial meeting in January. The 21 BCGEU members appointed to the team are from all areas of the province. One of their first tasks is to contact BCGEU OHS committee representatives to let them know about upcoming training opportunities.  The Networkers are also busy calling OHS representatives in their areas to determine if the...

April 06, 2016

Nanaimo Seniors Village and Comox Valley Seniors Village benefit plan change

Please be advised that we were alerted to an issue in regards to one of Retirement Concepts benefit plans – specifically Class S. Recently a change was negotiated to the evidence based drug plan into one of the Collective Agreements but unfortunately the benefit provider was directed by the Employer to change Class S, which affects more than the employees at the one location it was meant to. S...

April 06, 2016

Most senior nursing homes miss Ministry of Health staffing guideline

The Residential Care Facilities Quick Facts Directory, a report released recently by the Office of the Seniors Advocate, compiles staffing, serious incident reports and other quality of life measures for every publicly funded seniors home in B.C. in 2014/15. Read more...

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...