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B.C.'S UNION SINCE 1919

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

May 12, 2020

Local 403 George Pearson Centre - Steward Nominations - BCGEU

Nominations are now open for 2 (two) steward positions at your worksite and will close on June 10, 2020.Stewards are the primary representatives of members and have an important role within the Union.Some of the roles of a steward are:   Helping co-workers interpret and understand their collective agreement. Supporting co-workers in meetings with management. Listening to co-workers about their...

May 11, 2020

Pandemic Relief Fund for HSP members - BCGEU

Dear Members, Many of you have been asking for applications for the Pandemic Relief Fund we announced last week. We were working out the details and had hoped to have the applications out this week however last Friday, May 8, 2020 the HSA sent a notice to their members putting the PRF on hold pending the announcement by the Federal government regarding additional funding. It is problematic that...

May 11, 2020

Call for shop stewards at Fraser Health Authority Tri-Cities – 205 Newport Dr...

Nominations are now open for 1 (one) steward position at your worksite and will close on Monday, May 25, 2020. Stewards are the primary representatives of members and have an important role within the Union. Some of the roles of a steward are:   Helping co-workers interpret and understand their collective agreement. Supporting co-workers in meetings with management. Listening to co-workers abo...

May 07, 2020

The Provincial Spring 2020 - BCGEU

Check out the latest issue of The Provincial  This issue has updates on our union's Equity, Inclusion & Diversity Strengthen All of Us roundtable, our COVID-19 information hub, the fight against massive rent increases and our union's new Affordable BC podcast. UWU/MoveUP

May 07, 2020

May is Speech and Hearing Month - BCGEU

BCGEU proudly represents speech language pathologists, communication health assistants and audiologists across B.C. They work in a variety of settings including health authorities, child development centres, health units and hospitals to name a few.  Speech language pathologists assist people in our communities who have speech, language, and hearing disorders. They screen, assess, identify and ...

May 07, 2020

Guildford Seniors Village (Well-Being Services (GSV) Ltd.) ratification vote ...

PLEASE POST WIDELY AT THE WORKSITE  On March 6, 2020 your union and bargaining committee announced that we had reached a tentative agreement with the employer and were proceeding with a ratification vote. Here is a link to that notice and it includes the highlights of the agreement: https://www.bcgeu.ca/members_at_guildford_seniors_village_well-being_services_gsv_ltd_-_tentative_agreement_ratif...

May 07, 2020

Restarting B.C. -- your rights and union news - BCGEU

Restarting B.C. -- your rights and union news Yesterday B.C. was full of cautious anticipation as Premier Horgan announced the steps we'll be taking to restart the province safely.Throughout the past two months, many BCGEU members have been on the front lines of the pandemic, limiting the spread of COVID-19. At the same time, countless others have been providing vital public services that keep ...

May 05, 2020

Call for Shop Stewards at Fraser Health Authority Tri-Cities Mental Health -...

Nominations are now open for 1 (one) steward position at your worksite and will close on Tuesday, May 19, 2020.Stewards are the primary representatives of members and have an important role within the Union.Some of the roles of a steward are:   Helping co-workers interpret and understand their collective agreement. Supporting co-workers in meetings with management. Listening to co-workers abou...

May 05, 2020

Sign our petition to end for-profit seniors’ care in B.C. - BCGEU

Right now, 79 per cent Canada's COVID-19 deaths are connected to long-term care facilities and make up the majority of deaths in B.C. Many seniors and elders have faced the end of their lives alone and their families have been left to pick up the pieces. We have known since the start of this pandemic that elderly people are most at risk, but we knew the senior's care sector was in crisis long b...

May 01, 2020

A May Day message from President Stephanie Smith - BCGEU

May 1st is International Workers Day. Historically, it is a commemoration of the Haymarket affair, a rally that took place in Chicago on May 4, 1886 in support of a general strike for an 8 hour workday that had happened in communities across the United States three days prior. At the time workdays of up to 16 hours were normal-as were six-day workweeks, child labour, and workplace deaths and in...

May 01, 2020

Wage lifts for some, but not for others! - Douglas Care & Craigdarroch Care H...

 Recently your employer has given temporary wage increases to Care Aides. Your Union applauds them for doing so, especially in light of the Covid-19 Pandemic. That's the good news! … What's the bad news?   Your employer just advised the Union that it "will not contemplate" paying housekeeping, laundry, and food service workers a temporary increase. The employer says they value these workers as ...

April 30, 2020

COVID-19 pay allowance application and instructions – COVID-19 update, Compon...

COVID-19 pay allowance application and instructionsAs noted in the bulletin on Monday (see bulletin here), there is a fund for Health Sciences Professionals (HSPs) to pay for a COVID-19 pay allowance equivalent to $4 per straight time hour worked to a maximum of $300 per pay period for frontline workers who are most directly impacted by COVID-19 due to their job. The previous bulletin included ...

April 30, 2020

16% of Loblaw Independent Shareholders Vote for Greater Human Rights Oversigh...

16% of Loblaw Independent Shareholders Vote for Greater Human Rights Oversight at Canada's Largest Food Retailer   Today, Loblaw's independent shareholders voted 16% in favour of a human rights shareholder proposal filed by B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU). The proposal asks Canada's largest food retailer to assign board-level responsibility for human rights. Loblaw scores ...

April 29, 2020

Union Shareholder Proposal Highlights Human Rights Risk at Canada’s Largest F...

Media Advisory For Immediate Release  Union Shareholder Proposal Highlights Human Rights Risk at Canada’s Largest Food Retailer On April 30, 2020, BCGEU will present a human rights shareholder proposal at Loblaw's annual general meeting. According to international reports, Loblaw is a human rights laggard behind global peers.   WHO: B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) WHAT: Sha...

April 29, 2020

Lifelabs - Demand for incentive pay for unionized workers - BCGEU

As LifeLabs workers, you deliver vital services and supports to British Columbians as our province navigates an unprecedented crisis. We have received many emails and phone calls from our members at LifeLabs asking about "danger pay" or "incentive pay" in addition to your regular pay. You are working on the front lines during this COVID-19 pandemic. You have seen other essential workers receive...

April 27, 2020

$5M allowance fund for health science professionals – COVID-19 update, Compon...

HSPBA negotiates $5mn allowance fund for health science professionalsHealth science professionals on the front lines of fighting the COVID-19 pandemic in British Columbia will be paid a daily allowance on top of straight time earnings retroactive to April 1 under an agreement negotiated by the Health Sciences Professional Bargaining Association (HSPBA) with the Ministry of Health."Our members o...

April 27, 2020

Celebrating Medical Laboratory Professionals Week - BCGEU

  April 16 – May 2 is Medical Laboratory Professionals Week in Canada, a time to celebrate and raise awareness of their critical role in health care. Lab workers are a vital part of B.C.'s health care team, and BCGEU proudly represents hundreds of them in all corners of the province. They include phlebotomists, lab technicians, cardiology technologists and medical lab couriers. These health ca...

April 24, 2020

Single Site Order for Long Term Care, Assisted Living, and Provincial Mental ...

We are writing with important information about the Provincial Health Officer's Single Site Order for health care worksites, which should be fully implemented in the next two weeks. The Order applies to: Long Term Care, Assisted Living, and Provincial Mental Health Facilities. If you work at more than one of these types of facilities, you will be restricted to working at only one of your worksi...

April 23, 2020

JOHS committees must continue meeting during COVID-19 pandemic - BCGEU

During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever for Joint Occupational Health and Safety (JOHS) Committees to meet and discuss COVID-19-related health and safety issues they are dealing with in their workplace.Your union has heard that some employers are telling JOHS committees to cancel or suspend their meetings until further notice. This violates the requirements of the Workers C...

April 20, 2020

VCH Mental Health members - Remember your Right to Refuse Unsafe Work - BCGEU

The BCGEU OHS department would like to remind our members of their right to refuse unsafe work. Right to Refuse Unsafe Work All workers in our province are entitled to exercise their four basic rights when it comes to Occupational Health and Safety in the workplace. BCGEU members all need to be aware of their rights when performing the tasks and duties of their occupation. Knowing these rights...

April 20, 2020

Remember your Right to Refuse Unsafe Work - VCH Mental Health - BCGEU

The BCGEU OHS department would like to remind our members of their right to refuse unsafe work. Right to Refuse Unsafe Work All workers in our province are entitled to exercise their four basic rights when it comes to Occupational Health and Safety in the workplace. BCGEU members all need to be aware of their rights when performing the tasks and duties of their occupation. Knowing these rights...

April 20, 2020

Message to Health Services members for administrative services week - BCGEU

We never could have imagined celebrating administrative services day in this fashion. But, here we are. Normally, your union's local chairs and executive would be out and about this week - visiting worksites around B.C. to celebrate the important work you all do. But, in the name of safety and everyone's well-being, we're postponing celebrations until it's safe to visit. Please know you are app...

April 17, 2020

BC union’s shareholder proposal questions Thomson Reuters on human rights rec...

Burnaby, Canada – The BC Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) – a major Canadian labour union with an innovative and aggressive capital stewardship strategy – has filed a shareholder proposal raising concerns about human rights impacts at the $8-billion software and media company Thomson Reuters (TSX/NYSE: TRI)."Like many unions, the BCGEU invests members' dues to grow our union," sa...

April 16, 2020

Acknowledging the frontline workers of two health care crises

April 15, 2020 marks the fourth anniversary of the declaration of the overdose crisis as a public health emergency in British Columbia. In a statement recognizing the date this week, Judy Darcy, B.C.’s first Minister of Mental Health and Addictions, said “In this unprecedented time of two public health emergencies, we must work together to both flatten the curve and stop overdose deaths. We can...

April 15, 2020

Fair pay for health care workers - BCGEU

Your union recently learned that a salary supplement has been implemented for excluded staff (non-union managers) in the health care sector. Last Thursday, we sent a letter to the Health Employers' Association of BC (HEABC) to address these pay inequities, specifically seeking an explanation of why they have chosen to provide excluded staff with additional compensation. We have not yet had any ...

April 15, 2020

Lifelabs - Non-union employees at unionized worksites - BCGEU

The bulletin is for BCGEU members who work at Lifelabs. We are writing regarding the employer's decision to employ non-union Lifelabs employees at unionized sites. To be clear, that decision was made exclusively by the employer; your union did not agree to that decision. We are in the process of gathering information on the impact this has across the province and will communicate further on thi...