BCGEU - B.C.'s Union since 1919 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

August 14, 2017

Labour Day Picnic - BCGEU

The BCGEU Area 01Cross Component Committee invites all BCGEU members and their families to participate in the 29TH Annual Labour Day Event(hosted by the Victoria Labour Council)     Date: Monday, September 4th - 2017Time: 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.Location: On the Lawn of the BC Legislature   Please join us for an afternoon of fun for the whole family! We will have games, clowns, a bouncy castle an...

August 11, 2017

Community health workers avoid strike action, negotiate tentative agreement -...

BC Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) members have reached a tentative agreement with their employer, We Care Home Health Services, a decision that came late last night before a rotating strike was set to begin this morning. After joining the union last July, the BCGEU bargaining committee began negotiations to improve working conditions for the 221 community health workers at the ...

August 11, 2017

Casino workers vote overwhelmingly in favour of job action against Great Cana...

August 11, 2017   Casino workers vote overwhelmingly in favour of job action against Great Canadian Casinos   Workers at River Rock Casino this week voted 99.4 per cent in favour of a strike if necessary to back their contract proposals. In nearly a year of negotiations between the BCGEU and the employer, Great Canadian Casinos, the two sides have failed to achieve a first collective agreement....

August 10, 2017

Hearts and Hands Conference – Victoria - BCGEU

Attention all Health Care Workers in Component 4 and 8 in Areas 01 & 02    Hearts and Hands Conference – Victoria  Interested in participating in this year's Hearts and Hands Conference in Victoria? The conference is a day of celebration and education for BC's health care assistants, care aides and community health workers, and will take place October 26th in Victoria at the Saanich Fair Gr...

August 10, 2017

Hearts and Hands Conference – Vancouver - BCGEU

Attention all Health Care Workers in Component 4 and 8 in Areas 03 & 04  Hearts and Hands Conference – Vancouver Interested in participating in this year's Hearts and Hands Conference in Vancouver? The conference is a day of celebration and education for BC's health care assistants, care aides and community health workers, and will be held on October 3rd in Vancouver at the Italian Cultural...

August 08, 2017

Community health workers launch strike for fair wages and fair scheduling - B...

Following several months of unsuccessful negotiations seeking fair wages and fair scheduling provisions, 221 community support workers will go on strike Friday. The workers, employed by home support agency We Care Home Health Services, will initiate a rotating strike to emphasize the need for a fair contract.  “Community health workers are trained professionals, and the vital work they do must ...

August 08, 2017

Bargaining Update for The Salvation Army Harbour Light ARC - BCGEU

The Employer and Union Bargaining Committees met at the BC Labour Relations Board on Friday, August 4th to attempt to resolve the issues in dispute. The Union tabled what we thought would meet your needs, based on what we heard from the people that came out to our meetings over the last few weeks. The Employer has taken away our proposal to think about it. So, we did not reach an agreement. The...

August 08, 2017

BCGEU welcomes government’s decision to eliminate tuition fees for Adult Basi...

The BC Government & Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) welcomes today's announcement by the provincial government to remove tuition fees for Adult Basic Education (ABE) and English Language Learning (ELL) programs in the province. ABE is the gateway to many other advanced education programs and good jobs, and ELL programs are essential to new Canadians' ability to access employment and educat...

August 08, 2017

Basic Stewards' Training - BCGEU

The BCGEU provides training to all of its Stewards and Local Executives. Training is essential to you in your role as a steward. You are receiving this notice because you are on our list for those Stewards awaiting your Steward Course. Paid leaves from work, accommodation, travel and meal expenses, if required, will be paid for by the Union. Lunch will be provided for the days you are in class....

August 02, 2017

The BCGEU welcomes the government’s decision to review the economic viability...

The BCGEU welcomes today's announcement that the provincial government has asked the BC Utilities Commission to review the $8.8 billion Site C dam. Long overdue, the commission finally has the opportunity to provide a fair and transparent assessment of the merits of the project. British Columbians deserve nothing less.  BCUC's due diligence will clarify the choices that are available now that c...

August 02, 2017

Williams Lake Area Office Re-Opens Today - BCGEU

The Williams Lake Area Office re-opens today, August 2, 2017. Thank you for your patience, and special thanks to the volunteers in the area who assisted residents during the wildfires evacuation, as well as the recent return home of residents. Please note that with the re-opening of the office, calls will no longer be re-directed to Prince George. However, although the evacuation order is lifte...

August 01, 2017

The BCGEU granted standing at the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered ...

Good news from the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG). The BCGEU has been granted standing in the MMIWG allowing it to make formal written and oral submissions to the public inquiry.  The letter received states: On behalf of the Commissioners, the Application for Standing submitted by BC Government and Service Employees' Union has been granted, for gre...

August 01, 2017

Well Being Seniors' Living (GSV) Union Meeting - BCGEU

Over the past 10 months your bargaining committee met with the Employer on nine occasions. We have reached agreement on a large number of issues, but are still significantly apart on monetary items.  On July 27th talks broke off and the Union has applied to the Labour Relations Board for the assistance of a mediator in an effort to reach a tentative renewal agreement to bring back for you to vo...

July 31, 2017

New Collective Agreement for LifeLabs - BCGEU

It was recently brought to the Unions attention that some of our members at LifeLabs have been wondering when their new collective agreement will be posted online. We are pleased to report that this will most likely happen in the next few weeks. When a new collective agreement has been ratified, it goes through an errors and omissions process. This process involves both the Union, and your Empl...

July 31, 2017

Read The Summer 2017 Issue Of The Steward - BCGEU

In this issue, we look at a variety of topics to keep you up-to-date on issues that could affect your workplace, and the members you represent. Topics include bullying and harassment, planning ahead in case of permanent disability, stories of grievances and their outcomes from across Canada, and tips from an advocacy department co-op student for assisting members as a steward. We hope you'll f...

July 28, 2017

Provincial magazine - Summer 2017 - BCGEU

Download the PDF file of the 2017 Summer issue of The Provincial magazine. In this issue: New Leadership - Convention 2017 reports BCGEU Environment Policy 2017 audited financial statements BCGEU Community Remembering John Shields and more...  

July 28, 2017

Vancouver health officials have hopes for new, supervised-injection site - BCGEU

With more than 200 people dead from drug overdoses in Vancouver already this year, health officials hope the city's third federally approved injection site will provide relief from a devestating public health emergency. On Friday, Powell Street Getaway begins operating its new, supervised-injection site seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., after receiving an exemption from Health Canada in...

July 25, 2017

Results of Strike Vote at The Salvation Army Harbour Light ARC - BCGEU

The Union conducted the strike vote this week. 91 members came out to vote. 59 members voted in favour of strike and 32 members voted against. 65% of members who came out to vote, voted in favour of strike. As discussed in our information sessions, your Employer will apply to the BC Labour Relations Board for essential services, and we will schedule a date to meet at the Board as soon as possib...

July 25, 2017

Killer found after escaping custody at Forensic Psychiatric Hospital - BCGEU

An hour after warning the public that a killer was missing from B.C.'s Forensic Psychiatric Hospital, the 54-year-old man is back in police custody. Mounties issued a warning Monday afternoon, three days after Terrance Scott Giesbrecht left the facility at 70 Colony Farm Rd. in Coquitlam. Giesbrecht was wanted on a Canada-wide warrant, the RCMP said.   Read more...

July 25, 2017

Killer found after escaping custody at Forensic Psychiatric Hospital - BCGEU

An hour after warning the public that a killer was missing from B.C.'s Forensic Psychiatric Hospital, the 54-year-old man is back in police custody. Mounties issued a warning Monday afternoon, three days after Terrance Scott Giesbrecht left the facility at 70 Colony Farm Rd. in Coquitlam. Giesbrecht was wanted on a Canada-wide warrant, the RCMP said.   Read more...

July 24, 2017

‘Violent’ attack on Colony Farm psychiatric hospital staffer prompts call for...

The BC Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) is calling on the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) to protect workers after a staff member was allegedly assaulted by a patient at a high-security Coquitlam psychiatric hospital.   Read more...

July 24, 2017

‘Violent’ attack on Colony Farm psychiatric hospital staffer prompts call for...

The BC Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) is calling on the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) to protect workers after a staff member was allegedly assaulted by a patient at a high-security Coquitlam psychiatric hospital.   Read more...

July 20, 2017

Talks Break Off with The Royale Peninsula Resort Retirement Living - BCGEU

Your bargaining committee met with the Employer over eight days in April and July in an effort to reach a tentative agreement to bring back for your approval. Over the first five days agreement was reached on a number of language issues and the Union tabled our monetary package on April 5th. The Union's initial monetary proposals included a number of improvements:  health and welfare benefits ...

July 20, 2017

BCGEU, NUPGE pledge $100,000 donation to B.C. wildfire relief - BCGEU

The B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) announced today that it has joined with its national affiliate, the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) to pledge a $100,000 donation to the Red Cross to help with wildfire relief efforts in British Columbia.  "We are pleased to contribute to the relief effort for B.C. residents affected by wildfires," says BCGEU presid...

July 18, 2017

BCGEU looking forward to working in the spirit of collaboration with new Premier

VICTORIA –   As a new government is sworn in today at the British Columbia Legislature, it marks a new era of leadership for the people of British Columbia. In marking the occasion, President Stephanie Smith noted that "We are incredibly excited by what the future will hold for Premier John Horgan, and a new government forged in the spirit of collaboration."  Under the leadership of Premier Hor...