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 01, 2017

Members at Forensic Psychiatric Hospital: Stephanie Smith video message - BCGEU

WATCH:  BCGEU President Stephanie Smith has a special message to all BCGEU members working at Forensic Psychiatric Hospital. Watch it below. In the meantime, a working group of both staff and elected officials has been established and your union will continue to engage with you and keep you updated. If you have any questions or would like support, please contact one of your OH&S reps or o...

April 28, 2017

Violence continues to escalate at Forensic Psychiatric Hospital, workers dema...

BURNABY – The latest in a series of violent incidents occurred at Forensic Psychiatric Hospital (FPH) in Coquitlam Wednesday night in which the RCMP and the Abbotsford Police were needed to restrain a patient threatening staff and other patients. Another near miss, the violent patient brandished a weapon and put 10 other patients and several staff in harm’s way. BC Government and Service Emplo...

April 27, 2017

Les Leyne: B.C. leaders lie low on legal highs ahead - BCGEU

Campaigning provincial politicians have dozens of changes in mind for B.C., but they are scarcely talking about the major adjustment that’s coming, regardless of who wins the election. For all the competing visions being outlined by provincial leaders, the federal government’s move to legalize marijuana is going to be the single biggest revamp on the social and political scene. It was introduce...

April 26, 2017

BCGEU Equity and Human Rights Conference 2017 - BCGEU

The BCGEU 50th Triennial Convention is taking place June 14 -17, 2017.   As part of convention, the Equity and Human Rights Conference is taking place on June 18 and 19, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver Hotel, for members who identify with one or more of four equity groups: workers of colour, workers with disabilities, aboriginal workers and LGBTQI2S workers. Registered members will be p...

April 25, 2017

Dozens of Aboriginal child welfare workers rally for improved funding for Abo...

BURNABY - About 60 Aboriginal child welfare staff and community members braved the cold and wind on Saturday, April 22 to demand more funding for Aboriginal child and family services. Reporters from both CBC and APTN filmed the colourful event. Workers and community members of all ages marched along Croydon Drive and stopped outside Minister Stephanie Cadieux’s campaign office to demand improv...

April 25, 2017

Great photos from Medical Laboratory Professionals Week! - BCGEU

We would like to share some photos from last week's Medical Laboratory Professionals Week, as medical lab technologists from across the province celebrated. These specialists are valuable members of BC’s health care team, providing laboratory test results that are vital to the diagnosis and treatment of illness and disease. BCGEU is proud to represent hundreds of medical laboratory technologis...

April 24, 2017

Parksville Stabbing - BCGEU

Background On January of 2015, a client with dementia stabbed a community health worker that was attending to his wife in their home. Fortunately for the worker, she reacted quickly by grabbing the knife out of his hand and threw it under the bed where he couldn’t reach it. This prevented further injury to her as she escaped the house. Also fortunately for the worker, the client’s dementia pre...

April 20, 2017

Let’s celebrate our Medical Laboratory Technologists! - BCGEU

Our health system depends on the professional work of thousands of medical laboratory technologists throughout the province. From blood samples to urine tests to tissue biopsies – laboratory medicine is a critical part of sustaining high quality health care, and millions of laboratory tests are performed in Canada every week. The 2017 observance of Medical Laboratory Professionals Week emphasi...

April 19, 2017

Gordon Clark: Parties need to finally get serious about seniors care - BCGEU

You can hardly open a newspaper or news website these days without finding an article on the difficulties of the sandwich generation — those poor folks simultaneously coping with the needs of children and aging parents. Well, here’s another. As editorial pages editor, I’ve published dozens of articles over the years on the concerns of the sandwich generation, particularly about the problems of...

April 18, 2017

LifeLabs - TENTATIVE SETTLEMENT REACHED - BCGEU

Date:  April 18, 2017 To:     All BCGEU Members at LifeLabs Re:     TENTATIVE SETTLEMENT REACHED Your Bargaining Committee is pleased to announce that a tentative deal has been reached for a new collective agreement for members employed at LifeLabs. The Bargaining Committee is recommending that you vote YES to accept the tentative renewal collective agreement. Full details of the tenta...

April 13, 2017

Training Day -Labour Code OHS Committee Reps - BCGEU

Did you know you are entitled to annual education leave totaling at least 8 hours? Did you also know your employer is required to support this training without loss of pay or other benefits? The employer must cover the costs of the training and any other reasonable costs to attend the course.  If you are unable to take the training yourself, you have the right to assign your 8 hour annual allot...

April 13, 2017

Quesnel Council Talks Marijuana - BCGEU

Quesnel City Council has begun the process of preparing for the legalization of marijuana.   Read More...

April 13, 2017

Senior care will improve, health minister vows - BCGEU

(March 2017 Article) The B.C. government is heeding its seniors' care advisors and will hire 1,500 more people over the next four years to assist seniors in residential care, Health Minister Terry Lake said Thursday.   Read More..

April 13, 2017

Seniors care shouldn’t be a private-equity money-maker - BCGEU

(March 2017 Article) Late last year, a large trans-national insurance company, Anbang, announced its intention to buy a majority interest in Retirement Concepts, a Canadian, for-profit, nursing-home chain. Retirement Concepts currently receives funding from a number of provincial governments to provide nursing-home care and is the highest-billing provider of assisted-living and residential car...

April 12, 2017

B.C. Care Providers Association calls for more funding in roadmap for seniors...

(February 2017 Article) The B.C. Care Providers Association released its report on seniors Tuesday, calling for increased funding for their care and aimed at putting the issue on the agenda for the upcoming provincial election.   Read More...

April 12, 2017

Chronic Care Home Understaffing Hurting BC’s Seniors, Say Advocates - BCGEU

(February 2017 Article) At a Kelowna seniors’ care home, residents ring the bell in their rooms for assistance — to go to the bathroom, to get out of bed, or deal with pain or confusion.    Read More...

April 12, 2017

Big unions are big donors to NDP, but amenable to banning their contributions...

(February 2017 Article) Similar to big corporate donors to the B.C. Liberals, big unions are major contributors to the B.C. NDP.   Read More...

April 12, 2017

President Smith supports Sussanne Skidmore for Canadian Labour Congress VP - ...

www.sussanneskidmore.ca I am pleased and proud to support Sussanne Skidmore's candidacy for the position of Vice-President, Canadian Labour Congress (CLC). Sussanne is an established union leader, who began her social justice and labour activism more than a decade ago as a young worker. This makes her uniquely positioned to help evolve and grow the labour movement during increasingly complex...

April 12, 2017

Opinion: B.C. seniors' care crisis demands urgent action - BCGEU

(January 2017 Article) This week, B.C.’s Seniors Advocate Isobel Mackenzie reported that more than 90 per cent of the province’s residential care homes are not funded to meet government’s current minimum staffing guideline.   Read More...