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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

January 06, 2021

CSH Chartwell Willow Manor - Bargaining committee election - BCGEU

The election for three (3) positions on the Bargaining Committee will be conducted electronically. The candidates nominated for the Bargaining Committee, as they appear on the electronic ballot, in random order are: Zenobia Wall (bio attached) Shannon Smith Petrina Baptist Michelle Baraquel We will conduct the voting using E-Voting. A link for you to vote will be sent via email to all Willow ...

January 05, 2021

The Provincial Fall 2020 - BCGEU

Check out the latest issue of The Provincial  This issue has updates on our union's shareholder program, scholarship winners, member stories aboutworking during a pandemic, COVID & women: call for an intersectional feminist recovery and the crisis in B.C. seniors’care facilities.  UWU/MoveUP

December 24, 2020

All BCGEU Members at Vantage Living - Bargaining Survey - We Need Your Input!...

To prepare for bargaining to renew your collective agreement, your bargaining committee is looking for your feedback on what is important and what your priorities are. Please fill in this electronic survey here, or the printed version we are mailing to your home address, and ensure it is returned to us by Friday, January 22, 2021. Please complete either the electronic survey or the paper survey...

December 24, 2020

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 physical and virtual BCGEU offices will be closed for the holidays. BCGEU offices will be closed from 12:00pm on December 24, 2020 and until 8:30am on January 4, 2021, except for the Prince Geo...

December 23, 2020

All BCGEU Component 4 members - Health Services Newsletter - BCGEU

It's hard to believe it's been over 9 months since COVID-19 arrived and turned our world upside down. Almost every day, the pandemic creates new challenges and questions for BCGEU members in Component 4, and our Component Executive wants to make sure you receive timely information and updates. To that end, we've put together a newsletter with the latest information to help you deal with workloa...

December 21, 2020

COVID on the job: how to refuse unsafe work - BCGEU

The right to refuse unsafe work is a legislative right and responsibility of all workers in B.C., and that is no different during the COVID-19 pandemic.Have you been assigned work that you feel is unsafe? According to law, the procedure to refuse unsafe work is as follows: Immediately report to your supervisor that you have stopped work and the reasons why you believe the job or task is uns...

December 21, 2020

Bargaining Update #11 – Negotiations Resume in January - Well-Being Services ...

As we reported in Bargaining Update #10, your bargaining committee tabled a complete settlement package for the employer to consider on November 13, 2020. The parties were scheduled to meet again in bargaining on November 23 and 25; these dates were postponed by the employer as it was not ready to respond to our settlement package. The parties are now scheduled to resume negotiations on January...

December 21, 2020

COVID-19 and recent changes to the Workers Compensation Act and Board Policy ...

During the pandemic, the B.C. government amended the Workers’ Compensation Act to allow workers to be compensated for lost wages when they contract COVID-19 on the job. Members who have reason to believe they have contracted COVID-19 through work should report it to their employer as soon as possible and should file an application for compensation with WorkSafeBC, including as many details as p...

December 18, 2020

Sun Village - Bargaining committee - BCGEU

I am pleased to announce your bargaining committee for the upcoming collective agreement negotiations will be: Kodie Chapman Natashia Duteau Krystal Beaulac Our next step will be to meet as a committee to develop proposals for bargaining with your employer. To help form our priorities, the bargaining committee will be doing a survey in January to hear from you what you'd like to see in your new...

December 18, 2020

All BCGEU Members at HCN-Revera Lessee (Sunwood Retirement Residence - Bargai...

Nominations are open for three (3) Bargaining Committee members and one (1) alternate for the upcoming negotiations of HCN Revera Lessee (Sunwood Retirement Residence). Should we receive four (4) or more nominations, a mail out ballot will commence and the top three (3) will comprise the committee, and the fourth (4th) shall be the alternate to the committee. Nominations close on Thursday, Janu...

December 17, 2020

Temporary Pandemic Pay update - BCGEU

Temporary Pandemic Pay updateWe are aware of the ongoing delay of the Provincial Government's Temporary Pandemic Pay (TPP) at certain Health Authority worksites around the province. This delay now mostly affects the payment of TPP on overtime hours. The president and BCGEU representatives conferenced with various ministry officials several times over the last two weeks to get answers and a time...

December 17, 2020

B.C. liquor and cannabis workers wear button on the job in demand for essenti...

BURNABY, COAST SALISH TERRITORIES – As the second wave of the pandemic intensifies and British Columbians head into the holiday season, B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) members working for the BC Liquor Distribution Branch (BCLDB) are ramping up their campaign to be recognized and compensated as essential workers. BCLDB workers will be wearing Essential Pay for Essential Wor...

December 14, 2020

BCGEU stands in solidarity with farmers in India

The B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union expresses solidarity with farmers, labour activists and other workers in India who are protesting dangerous new agricultural legislation that threatens the livelihoods of millions of families. In September, the Indian government quietly passed or amended three Farm Bills designed to deregulate agricultural markets and open them up to takeover by ...

December 11, 2020

Well-Being Services – Renfrew Care Centre - BCGEU

This week you spoke to your union about the shocking conditions that you've been working under. There are so many unacceptable circumstances they are too many to list. Your courage and solidarity to support each other and the residents through the pandemic and now an outbreak are nothing short of heroic. BCGEU President Stephanie Smith wrote to Vancouver Coastal Health today to insist that they...

December 09, 2020

Lifelabs - Bargaining bulletin #1 - BCGEU

Your Bargaining Committee met in caucus on December 7th & 8th to begin preparations for negotiations with the employer. Our current collective agreement expires on March 31st, 2021. Thank you to the members who submitted their ideas and recommendations in the online survey and through their shop stewards. We reviewed all your suggestions and we are now busily developing our bargaining propo...

December 08, 2020

All HSPBA members - Applications now open for professional development fundin...

Applications are now being accepted for funding to support BCGEU members who work under the Health Science Professionals Collective Agreement (HSPBA) and who are pursuing professional development. The continuing funding was negotiated in the 2019 – 2022 collective agreement, with a $400,000 contribution to the fund each year. Under the funding program, eligible expenses are the cost of tuition,...

December 08, 2020

All BCGEU Component 4 Members at HCN-Revera-Lessee (Whitecliff) - Update on B...

The bargaining committee met again last week to finalize our proposals to present to the Employer when we meet for bargaining. We are looking forward to presenting our changes, updates, and ideas for the new collective agreement. We would like to give you the opportunity to voice either any concerns you may have or any new thoughts you've had about what you'd like to see in your collective agre...

December 07, 2020

All BCGEU Members at The Dorchester Retirement Residence - Voting Procedure -...

Voting on the tentative collective agreement will be conducted by mail-in vote, not electronically as previously stated. Voting packages will be mailed out early this week so members should start to receive them either late this week or early next week. If you have not received your ballot by Thursday, December 17, please email [email protected] The BCGEU Okanagan Area Office must receive your m...

December 04, 2020

All BCGEU Members at The Dorchester Retirement Residence - Ratification Meeti...

Please be advised a second ratification meeting is being held via conference call to discuss the details of the tentative agreement: Date: Wednesday, December 9th, 2020 Time: 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. Toll-free number: 1-833-837-5223 Conference ID: 532 808 678 It is important that all members attend this conference call meeting, as the negotiator will review the tentative agreement improvements ...

December 03, 2020

Working from home expenses and your taxes - BCGEU

Throughout the pandemic many BCGEU members working at home have been wondering about the process for reimbursement or tax deduction for home office expenses. As each member's situation with their employer's remote work protocol looks a little bit different, it's difficult to give an one-size-fits-all answer to questions. However, this week's announcement of a simplified home office deduction ma...

December 02, 2020

Ratification Vote Update - The Dorchester Retirement Residence - BCGEU

As there were technical difficulties on the ratification conference call on December 1st, we will be rescheduling the ratification conference call. As approximately half of the members do not have email addresses, the e-vote will be discarded and be replaced with mail out ballots. For updates on this, please check your Union board or talk to a Bargaining Committee member. For those of you who h...

December 01, 2020

N95 masks essential, BCGEU calls on government to take action - BCGEU

As COVID-19 cases continue to surge in our province, our union has written to the B.C. Ministry of Health asking them to step up protections for members like you working on the front lines of the crisis. We have asked the ministry to take urgent action to direct employers to provide N95 masks and fit-tests for all workers in frontline care scenarios, including in the home support sector.Read th...