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

October 02, 2017

B.C. to increase treatment and public safety programs to address overdose cri...

VANCOUVER - People on the front lines of British Columbia's opioid overdose crisis are applauding the government's announcement of more funding in an attempt to stem the death toll. Premier John Horgan announced Friday the province will spend more than $31 million over the next three years to increase access to treatment programs, offer more free kits of the overdose-reversing drug naloxone, he...

October 02, 2017

CLC Winter School 2018 - BCGEU

Course listings and registration for the Canadian Labour Congress Winter School (January 14 to February 16, 2018) at Harrison Hot Springs is now available. Active union members are encouraged to apply online. Applications will be forwarded to your component executive to determine who will attend the school.  Registration cut off is November 3rd for all courses.   Please click here to register...

September 29, 2017

BCGEU meets with Federal Minister of Status of Women Maryam Monsef at roundta...

On September 8, as a follow up to the report Collective Wisdom: Challenges and Opportunities in B.C's Women's Services the BCGEU was invited by the federal Minister of Status of Women Maryam Monsef to participate in a roundtable discussion as part of the federal government's commitment to addressing gender-based violence (GBV). At the Roundtable were approximately 30 representatives for women's...

September 28, 2017

The Royale Peninsula Retirement Residence - Ratification Meeting Scheduled - ...

A ratification vote has been scheduled at the worksite to allow all employees to have an opportunity to vote on the tentative renewal collective agreement.Date: Thursday, October 12, 2017Time: 6:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.Location: At the worksite (in the Staff Room)2088 152 Street, Surrey, BC V4A 4N9Attached is a document containing the full details of the tentative agreement (click here to view it). ...

September 26, 2017

All BCGEU Members at The Royale Peninsula Resort Retirement Living - BCGEU

TENTATIVE RENEWAL COLLECTIVE AGREEMENT REACHED! Your bargaining committee met with the Employer at the Labour Relations Board on Monday, September 25, 2017 and is pleased to advise you that we have reached a tentative agreement to bring back for you to vote on. Highlights of the agreement include improvements to vision care, and vacation, scheduling language, harassment language and wages as we...

September 25, 2017

River Rock Casino workers negotiate strong first collective agreement after a...

RICHMOND – B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) members at River Rock Casino Resort voted by 81 per cent to ratify a four-year collective agreement today after more than a year of negotiations with Great Canadian Gaming Corporation. "I am so proud of the outstanding resolve and determination of workers at the River Rock Casino to negotiate such a strong first agreement," says BC...

September 25, 2017

Update for all BCGEU Members at The Salvation Army Harbour Light ARC - BCGEU

The Union has completed negotiations for essential services and held information meetings with members about potential strike action. We are the in process of finalizing a strike schedule, and bringing in picket captains for training.   The Employer requested that we meet at the BC Labour Relations Board today. Monty Qureshi and I were in attendance, and to be clear, the Employer did not respon...

September 22, 2017

Walk for Reconciliation 2017 - BCGEU

Join and support the spirit of 'Namwayut - We are all one. On September 24, 2017, BCGEU members will joining in the 2017 Walk for Reconciliation in Vancouver!  The BCGEU is proud to sponsor the walk once again this year and support a positive movement to build better relationships among Indigenous peoples and all Canadians.  Walk for Reconciliation: Sunday, September 24th | 9:30am 650 Cambie St...

September 21, 2017

RV Tour – Prince Rupert, Terrace, Kitimat, Hazelton, Smithers, Houston, Franc...

The BCGEU RV will be touring through the above noted locations. Below you will find dates, locations and times. We hope you can join us!   Monday September 18, 2017 – Prince Rupert: · Liquor Distribution Branch (Liquor Store) Parking Lot BBQ Lunch – 11:00 am to 2:00 pm, all members and families welcome · Northwest Community College Campus Refreshments – 3:00 pm, come join us on your coffee brea...

September 18, 2017

Staffing a problem at seniors homes: report - BCGEU

The more than 27,000 seniors in publicly funded residential care in B.C. need more care hours, more freedom and more social interaction, says a report from B.C.'s seniors watchdog.  Almost 10,000 seniors in 292 publicly funded care homes were surveyed for the report, which was released Friday by seniors advocate Isobel Mackenzie.   Read more...

September 15, 2017

More care workers needed to help B.C. seniors feel at home

Vancouver— Today the Seniors’ Advocate of B.C. published the results of a comprehensive study on the state of care homes in BC. The report shows in no uncertain terms what many families, seniors, and care workers have been raising with government for some time now: basic standards in care homes are not being met. “I can’t imagine how heartbreaking it must be for everyone involved to know there ...

September 15, 2017

More care workers needed to help B.C. seniors feel at home

Vancouver— Today the Seniors’ Advocate of B.C. published the results of a comprehensive study on the state of care homes in BC. The report shows in no uncertain terms what many families, seniors, and care workers have been raising with government for some time now: basic standards in care homes are not being met. “I can’t imagine how heartbreaking it must be for everyone involved to know there ...

September 15, 2017

Rally in support of Edgewater Casino workers - BCGEU

Paragon Gaming is relocating Edgewater Casino to a new $600m facility in September of 2017, but instead staffing the new location with their existing union employees, they are planning to outsource the food and beverage department. This will affect over 100 casino workers represented by Unifor who fought hard for a collective agreement and respect from their employer. The jobs created by the ne...

September 15, 2017

Local 404 Executive and General Meeting - BCGEU

COMPONENT:  Health Services LOCAL:            404  DATE:             Wednesday September 27, 2017 TIME:               5:30 pm (Executive Meeting) 6:00 pm (General Meeting) PLACE:              BCGEU, Fraser Valley Office                          8555 198A Avenue, Langley, BC   AGENDA   Introductions Adopt Agenda Adoption of previous Minutes Cross Component Report Enhanced Steward Training M2M ...

September 15, 2017

B.C. government strikes a pragmatic balance in budget update – says B.C.’s la...

The B.C. NDP government's first budget update is measured, pragmatic and balances key spending priorities with modest tax increases to high income earners, the B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union says in their annual budget analysis. "The government has made good use of the operating surplus to address urgent needs such as education, poverty reduction, housing and mental health," says ...

September 14, 2017

RainCity - Re: Taxes on Settlement Claims - BCGEU

Earlier this year, the BCGEU and RainCity came to an agreement to settle a Union grievance regarding the changes to the Employer's benefit plan. Impacted members were invited to submit receipts for reimbursement for the costs of non-formulary drugs between April 1st, 2016 and March 31st, 2017, which were no longer included in RainCity's benefits plan. When members received their settlement moni...

September 12, 2017

Bargaining Committee Members for Western Community Seniors Low Cost Housing S...

The nominations were closed at the meeting on September 7, 2017, and the new bargaining committee members are:   Debra Groves, Chairperson Leah Cavenah, Committee member Michelle Stewart, Committee member   We will be meeting with the Employer at the end of the month to start the bargaining process. Congratulations to the new bargaining committee and thank you for stepping up to take on this v...

September 12, 2017

Local 401 LifeLabs Stewards Meeting CANCELLED - BCGEU

  TO:       All Local 401 LifeLabs Stewards DATE:     Tuesday, September 12, 2017 TIME:     6:30pm – 8:30pm PLACE:   BCGEU Area Office             2994 Douglas St, Victoria   CANCELLED   Hello Stewards   You're invited to a Local 401 LifeLabs stewards' meeting at the BCGEU Victoria Area Office, located at 2994 Douglas St, 6:30pm – 8:30pm on Tuesday, September 12, 2017. This meeting is specifica...

September 12, 2017

Ratification Results for members at Sherwood House in Duncan - BCGEU

This is to advise that the ballots have now been counted and the tentative agreement has been accepted by a margin of 93%.     In solidarity   Karen Simmons, Committee ChairpersonAshley Vigar, Committee MemberKim Shelley, Staff Representative     Local 467/MoveUP Download as pdf

September 11, 2017

B.C. budget delivers on key priorities for British Columbians - BCGEU

BURNABY – The BC NDP government's first budget update delivers on commitments to re-invest in critical public services this year, the B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) said today. The government will increase public service staffing levels by more than 600 positions, addressing the critical need for additional social workers, park rangers, environmental management staff and c...

September 08, 2017

B.C. throne speech focuses on real needs of British Columbians - BCGEU

BURNABY – The B.C. NDP government's first throne speech is a transitional roadmap that steers the province toward a progressive future, the B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) said today.  "The throne speech strikes a positive tone and commits the government to focus on the real needs of our citizens," says BCGEU president Stephanie Smith. "The former government spent 16 years ...

September 08, 2017

Local 401 Union Meeting - BCGEU

DATE:      September 14, 2017 TIME:       6:00 pm PLACE:     BCGEU Victoria Area Office – Meeting Room 2                 (2994 Douglas St)    AGENDA Steward Elections Workplace Issues New Business    ** Please note parking and building access is available in the parking lot at the  back of the BCGEU building on Burnside Rd. **   http://events.bcgeu.ca/   In solidarity Susanne Francoeur, Local...

September 01, 2017

Celebrating Labour Day 2017

This Labour Day we celebrate not only the great legacy of the labour movement in British Columbia, and across Canada, but today’s movement that continues to grow and evolve as we stand up for all working people. Representing members across all sectors of the economy, we welcomed 3,000 workers into our union this past year, growing our membership to over 73,000! And in the last 12 months, we’ve ...

August 30, 2017

BCGEU applauds the housing minister’s decision to review caps on rental price...

The BCGEU applauds housing minister Selina Robinson’s announcement that the new NDP government, in an effort to stabilize rental prices, will look into changing the guidelines that cap the amount by which landlords are allowed to hike rental prices year after year. The rising cost of housing is having a very real impact on working people in B.C. As housing prices have increased faster than wage...

August 30, 2017

Report highlights need to provide greater supports to unpaid caregivers in se...

The B.C. Government & Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) commends the report released today by the Office of the Seniors Advocate, Caregivers in Distress: A Growing Problem. This report highlights a worrying trend of increased distress among unpaid caregivers, and makes recommendations to provide them with greater supports as the needs of B.C.'s aging population become increasingly complex. T...