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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

December 24, 2019

Happy Holidays – BCGEU offices closed for the holidays - BCGEU

BCGEU president Stephanie Smith, treasurer Paul Finch and the entire Provincial Executive would like to wish our 80,000 members and their families a happy and festive holiday season! Please note that all BCGEU offices will be closed for the holidays. BCGEU offices around the province will be closed at 1:00pm on December 24, 2019 and will reopen on January 2, 2020 at 8:30am. If you are a BCGEU m...

December 20, 2019

LifeLabs Privacy Breach Information - BCGEU

Dear LifeLabs members, With the news of the recent privacy breach breaking in the media, we understand that many of you may be facing increased pressure at work. Whether that comes from being the the day-to-day face of the company or an increased workload due to addressing the breach, our union stands to make sure that your physical and mental health is protected on the job. If you are facing i...

December 20, 2019

Local 407 Members Re: Nomination for Chairperson Position - BCGEU

Nominations are now open for the vacant chairperson position on the Local 407 Executive. Information on the responsibilities of this position is attached. The deadline for nominations is: January 17, 2020 If there is an election for a position, candidates may submit one page of information (8-1/2 x 11, black and white) for distribution to members with ballots. This must be received by the area ...

December 20, 2019

Broadmead Care Society - Talks at standstill / Labour Relations Board mediati...

Your employer thinks you are paid too much and your collective agreement is too rich. For the last six months, your bargaining committee has successfully defeated the Employer's attempts to strip your collective agreement and deprive you of decades' worth of hard-won rights. Broadmead also refuses to acknowledge the clear evidence before them: there is an extreme shortage of workers in the heal...

December 19, 2019

Winter maintenance and public safety a top priority for BCGEU highway workers...

On behalf of members employed by Acciona Infrastructure Maintenance Inc., the BC Government & Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) is calling on the company to ensure they meet the highway maintenance standards agreed to in their 10-year contract with the provincial government. This follows an incident last week in Cherryville B.C. where a school bus became stuck in a ditch due to snowy road co...

December 18, 2019

Notice of Election of Bargaining Committee - Royale West Coast LP (Pacifica R...

Your current collective agreement expires on March 31, 2020, and the Union is beginning preparations to conduct negotiations for a renewal agreement. Therefore, a new bargaining committee must be elected to represent all BCGEU members of Royale West Coast LP (Pacifica Retirement Residence). The Union bargaining committee will consist of 3 members, a chairperson will be elected from amongst the ...

December 18, 2019

Grand Forks childcare professionals launch one-day strike - BCGEU

WHAT: After issuing a 72-hour strike notice on Friday of last week, 14 members of the BC Government & Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) employed by Sunshine Valley Child Care are set to strike for one day on Thursday December 19, 2019. The move comes after several months of unsuccessful negotiations for a new collective agreement that will address long-standing issues with substandard wages,...

December 13, 2019

Members covered by Sectoral Health Agreements Re: HEABC Amendments to Flu Vac...

HEABC has advised bargaining associations that they have amended their Provincial Influenza Policy that previously imposed discipline on employees who didn't mask in patient care areas or receive an influenza vaccination. This means you are no longer subject to discipline for failing to mask if you choose not to receive a vaccination. However, the policy still states employees have to report th...

December 12, 2019

Tentative agreement has been reached for members at Alexander Mackie Lodge -...

We are pleased to advise that after three and a half days of talks, we have reached a tentative agreement for members employed at Alexander Mackie Lodge in Langford which includes the following: First year wage increases range from 9% to 34%; 2% in each of the following two years. A match RRSP with a 2-5% contribution rate, contribution rate is based on years of service. Sick leave entitlemen...

December 12, 2019

Forensic Service Officers (FSO) Wage Grid MOU - BCGEU

After several months of negotiations, we are pleased to advise we have a signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), to increase wages for Forensic Services Officers (FSO) working at the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital. Previously, the Employer agreed to grant Special Provincial Constable (SPC) Status within the hospital. As such, a Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Public Safety ...

December 10, 2019

Retirement Concepts fails to protect vulnerable seniors - BCGEU

The Globe and Mail published a story Monday highlighting the chronic understaffing issues at Retirement Concepts seniors' care facilities on Vancouver Island: Care for seniors suffered as Retirement Concepts battled labour shortage with hires not checked for required training A severe labour shortage at Retirement Concepts has seriously undermined the delivery of care as numerous operational de...

December 10, 2019

Health Services Equity Member - BCGEU

Component 4 Health Services is seeking an equity and diversity representative to sit on the component executive. You would lend your voice at the component level to ensure we address issues of concern to equity members. The component executive meets four times a year over a period of 2 to 4 days at a time.Once we have names of those interested, there will be an election.All members of Component...

December 09, 2019

MEDIA RELEASE: BCGEU applauds new agency to make work safer for health care w...

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Dec. 9, 2019BCGEU applauds new agency to make work safer for health care workers The BC Government & Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) applauds the B.C. government's commitment of $8.5 million over three years to build an independent provincial occupational health and safety agency to address the high rate of injury in the health care sector. "The BCGEU represents thous...

December 06, 2019

Members at Well Being Services (WOV) Ltd. - bargaining committee election re...

Balloting is now completed and the following members have been elected to represent you in bargaining your collective agreement: Lorne Cragg – bargaining committee chair Joe Teixeira – bargaining committee member Tom Palmer – bargaining committee member  Congratulations to the successful candidates and a special thank you to all nominees for agreeing to let their names stand in this import...

December 06, 2019

Remembering l’Ecole Polytechnique - 30 years later - BCGEU

December 6, 1989 was a Wednesday like any other: I spent the day at the childcare centre I worked at surrounded by kids and my colleagues. I found out about the massacre at l'Ecole Polytechnique on the radio while I was driving home that evening. I was shocked and devastated at the news. Having been raised in a strongly feminist family, the idea that 14 women had been singled out and killed by ...